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Please, no phone calls.

Finance Director


The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a Finance Director to lead the fiscal functions of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This position is responsible for accounting, budget, cash management, bank reconciliation, investments, audits, financial statements, and capital projects. We are an arts education leader with a $13 million budget and we seek a Finance Director who can help plan and enable our continued growth.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervision, review, and improvement of all accounting functions, policies, procedures, and cash controls.
  • Management and development of accounting staff of three.
  • Cash and investment management, including cash flow projections and reporting.
  • Timely and accurate financial reporting to funders, Board of Directors, Executive Director, and other executives.
  • Budgeting and budget management, including process improvement and education of department managers on financial issues affecting departmental budgets.
  • Check signing and review of AP expense booking.
  • Payroll review prior to processing.
  • Booking of payroll, grant revenue, and financial aid to General Ledger (GL).
  • Booking daily sales for school, concert programs, and retail operations. Supervise bookkeeping for Square Roots Festival.
  • Bank account reconciliations and booking of adjustments. Balance sheet account reconciliations.
  • Sales tax reporting and payment.

Qualifications: At least seven years financial leadership experience, preferably in a nonprofit arts organization. A forward-thinking individual with past success managing projects and improving processes. High ethical standards and sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus. Must have expertise in Blackbaud Financial Edge plus database manipulation and management, ideally with Filemaker Pro or similar database. Bachelors degree in Business or Accounting, Masters degree (MA or MBA) preferred, or equivalent combination of experience and/or training; CPA desirable.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter that includes a description of your commitment to nonprofit arts education and your salary expectation to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Events Intern – Summer 2015

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an Events Intern to assist with all aspects of concert production, culminating with the production of our Square Roots Festival on July 10, 11, and 12, 2015. This is an unpaid internship. The intern will support artist hospitality and on-site concert production and perform clerical duties. The intern will be assigned to a mixture of special projects and some core job functions.

This position requires flexibility and a willingness to take on any task at hand. It also requires the ability to think on one’s feet and solve problems. A strong interest in events and the arts is vital. Students undertaking the internship in order to earn college credit preferred.

We need someone who can put in at least 16 hours per week between early June and mid-August. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including some evenings – that’s when the shows are!.

The intern must be available on Fridays and all three days of the Square Roots Festival on July 10, 11, and 12. This is a non-negotiable requirement.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Bilingual Customer Service Associate


We seek a part-time Customer Service Associate. Responsibilities include registering students, selling tickets to shows, answering phone calls, and providing information to visitors.

Applicants must be friendly, articulate, detail-oriented, and willing to pitch in where needed. 3 years customer service experience and computer skills are required. Must be able to play at least one instrument at an intermediate level. Bilingual Spanish skills highly desired. An interest in art, dance, theatre, and education is helpful.

Must be flexible – our current needs are weekday afternoons/evenings and weekends during the day.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Videographer/Digital Assets Coordinator


We seek a Digital Assets Coordinator to integrate photo, video, and audio capability into the School’s website, maintain and operate video equipment, and shoot and edit select footage. This position will work closely with other members of our Marketing team, and with other departments, to best represent promotional targets.


  • 3 years experience shooting, editing and producing video and still photography content.
  • Understanding of web and broadcast operational processes, routine audio mixing, and strong project management skills.
  • Fluency with current-generation editing software and Mac proficiency preferred.
  • Skill with motion graphics, titling, and animation highly desired.
  • Must be able to work in close cooperation with others and independently.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Retail Sales


We seek a part-time sales associate for the Old Town School Music Store. We need someone with excellent customer service skills to sell instruments, accessories, books, and other music-related items.

We are looking for someone with retail sales experience who is outgoing, energetic, and excellent at working with the public. Must be able to play the guitar and at least one other instrument. A flexible schedule, including nights and weekends, is required. Music store experience preferred and AIMsi POS software experience a plus. Bilingual skills helpful.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Wiggleworms Instructor, Hyde Park


The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time teacher available on weekends and/or weekday mornings for its acclaimed early childhood music program, Wiggleworms. Classes are for children newborn to 5 years old accompanied by an adult. Position is in our Hyde Park location only and proximity to this neighborhood location is a big plus..

At least three years of experience teaching young children in a classroom setting is required. Teachers must be creative and energetic and be able to enthusiastically lead grownups and kids in music experiences. Must be at least an intermediate guitar player, a strong singer, be proficient on another instrument, and have a background and/or degree in music. Performance experience singing for children is a big plus, as is fluency in a second language. Bilingual Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

Absolutely, positively must be available on a weekend morning.

Qualified candidates will be invited to audition. If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Children's Piano Teacher


We seek an experienced, energetic, and enthusiastic piano teacher for our innovative children's group piano program. Immediate subbing opportunities are available with potential class assignments as early as September 2015. Locations are Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.


  • Experience teaching piano and music to children ages 3-7.
  • Availability after school hours and weekends.
  • Ability to implement fun, effective, and age-appropriate music learning activities.
  • Strong intonation and confident singing voice for leading singing games with young children.
  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty in implementation of curriculum.
  • Bachelor's degree in music or equivalent formal piano training and proficiency.
  • Bilingual Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.
  • Proficiency on secondary instrument a plus.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Modern Dance Instructor


The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Modern Dance instructor to deliver intermediate level classes. Immediate need is for Thursday evenings at our Lincoln Square location. Instructor will provide music and support materials as needed.


  • Three years adult group Modern Dance teaching experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in dance; Master's degree preferred.
  • Ability to commit to pre-scheduled weekly classes for 16-week period.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students.
  • Professional performing experience in dance.

If interested and qualified, please email cover letter and resume along with artist samples to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Old Town School of Folk Music does not make employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are an equal opportunity employer that desires diversity in its workforce and we strongly encourage applications from those with a wide variety of backgrounds.

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000