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Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is the umbrella organization that supports the activities of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs and the Ailey Extension. 

Please note: Application procedures for each position vary.  Please review for the particular position you desire.  We receive many requests and will do our best to promptly respond to all applicants.  Thank you for your interest in working with Alvin Ailey.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

 

The Ailey School Costume Coordinator/Wardrobe Supervisor

Founded in 1969 by Alvin Ailey, The Ailey School is the official school of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Ailey School trains over 3,500 students from all over the world providing them with high-caliber instruction in a wide variety of techniques each year. Located in The Joan Weill Center for Dance in midtown Manhattan, the School boasts a faculty of over 75 dance professionals who are experts in their fields and 35 professional musicians providing over 360 classes per week, and a staff of dedicated administrators and advisors, is seeking a Costume Coordinator/Wardrobe Supervisor.

The ideal candidate will possess strong communication skills, the ability to multi-task and is passionate about working with young artists.  He/ she must demonstrate strong abilities in sourcing, shopping, swatching and building new garments with or without patterns, draping, alterations, hand sewing and dying.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain costume inventory and supplies
  • Update and manage student measurement files
  • Schedule and execute fittings
  • Create, manage and adhere to budgets
  • Update and manage expense reports
  • Correspond effectively with the Directors and Production Manager
  • Schedule and manage Wardrobe Assistants and student workers
  • Track and execute repairs on a need basis
  • Liaise with students in regards to in house rentals for student choreography concerts
  • Effectively communicate notes to students and choreographers to ensure The Ailey School standard of performance is upheld
  • Track and assign school uniforms to student performance groups
  • Assist in styling photo-shoots for the Ailey School
  • Handle and properly care for all costumes, shoes, undergarments, hats and costume related props
  • Be present for all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances
  • Advise students on performance hair and makeup
  • Seek out guest designers



Skills/Qualifications:

  • Preferable candidates will have experience working in an educational environment
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment
  • Hand and machine sewing
  • Draping
  • Dying
  • Familiarity with the NYC fabric stores and rental houses
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 30 lbs.
  • Knowledgeable about dance performance hair styling and makeup application preferred
  • Wig styling preferred


Education/Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and/or minimum four years of dance related Wardrobe experience

To apply for this position please submit the following to Aileyschooljobs@alvinailey.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in this position at Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and salary requirements
  • Contact information for two professional references


Start date: Immediate - No phone calls please.

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

 

Part-Time Positions

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Interns & Volunteer Positions

From time to time, the Foundation is able to extend rewarding internship opportunities to outstanding candidates. Please know that we are not able to offer a stipend, housing, or any other type of compensation; we do work with schools so that interns can receive academic credit and all interns and volunteers are able to take classes at the Ailey Extension at no charge. In the past, we have had high school, college and graduate student interns and we have been able to offer experiences in Marketing, Development, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs, Finance, Information Technology, Production, and The Ailey Extension.  At times we also need help from volunteers. 

Current intern and volunteer postings