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Program Manager: Adult & Teen Music

Full-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a Program Manager to supervise adult group music classes not in the core guitar program, including but not limited to accordion, banjo, drumming and percussion, dulcimer, fiddle, cello, harmonica, mandolin, oud, piano, tin whistle, ukulele, and voice. Will also manage teen music classes, coordinating the programming and development of teen initiatives in other programs of the school (visual art, dance, and teen community development).

Examples of Duties:

  • Hires, trains, and supervises teachers for adult and teen group music classes. Provides orientation for new faculty in department.
  • Schedules teachers for assigned group music classes. Enters and manages class information in computer systems and the Old Town School website.
  • Manages room scheduling for assigned group classes.
  • Schedules and coordinates student showcases for assigned group classes.
  • Plans and implements large-scale art projects, requiring extensive and detailed planning and coordination.
  • Assists with Education Department events, including workshops, Socials, and others.
  • Prepares and submits copy for marketing materials related to assigned group classes.
  • Conducts department teacher meetings.
  • Develops and revises curriculum for adult and teen classes.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in Education, Arts, or Arts Administration required.
  • Two years experience teaching music required.
  • Experience supervising other teachers desired and experience in arts administration/management is also highly desired.
  • Bilingual Spanish ability is preferred, but not required.
  • Must be computer capable including Mac and PC skills.

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


Engagement Manager

Full-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an Engagement Manager to generate a comprehensive calendar of diverse artist workshops, intensives, residencies, and expansion programs. Reporting to our Engagement Director, the manager will schedule international residency activities in the School and in the community; producing or supervising production of all events.

Summary of Duties:

  • Books and produces one-off workshops, multi-day intensives, and artist residencies from conception through evaluation.
  • Oversees facility preparation, including selecting and booking rooms, preparation of event spaces, engagement of volunteers, and interaction with customer service and event staff.
  • Coordinates weekly jam sessions, showcase performances, and other programming as assigned.
  • Coordinates off-site partnerships introducing Old Town School programs at other venues throughout Chicago.
  • Plans and implements large-scale art projects, requiring extensive and detailed planning and coordination.
  • Leads planning and production of internal Old Town School social events, i.e. summer barbecue, holiday party.
  • Generates concepts for projects that can reach new audiences.
  • Maintains and monitors budgets; keeping detailed financial records of all programs.

Qualifications:

  • Creative and engaging manner.
  • Able to work with many different kinds of artists.
  • Minimum of three years experience in event production, preferably in a nonprofit arts setting.
  • Knowledge of the arts, particularly contemporary urban arts.
  • Capacity for handling complex, sometimes rapidly-changing situations with competence and good humor.
  • Bachelors degree in arts or arts management or equivalent work experience.
  • Bilingual Spanish-English preferred.

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


Bilingual Hola Wiggleworms Instructor

Part-time

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. Hola Wiggleworms classes are conducted in Spanish and are for children newborn to 5 years old accompanied by an adult. Our locations are in Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.

Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • Candidate must be confident, fluent Spanish speaker.
  • 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.


Wiggleworms Instructor, Hyde Park

Part-time

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.


Modern Dance Instructor

Part-time

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.

Requirements:

  • 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