Employment Opportunities

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Please, no phone calls.

Development Manager


The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a Development Manager to direct the School’s membership program, plan and drive fundraising for development events, and manage stewardship and cultivation events. The Development Manager will also support our Board of Directors and their meetings, ensure fulfillment of donor/member benefits, and manage a portfolio of individual donors.


  • Three to five years fundraising experience, preferably within the arts and culture field.
  • Experience planning and coordinating donor events.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple constituents.
  • Articulate and enthusiastic as a visible representative of the School.
  • Highly organized with acute attention to detail.
  • High proficiency with computers, including social media, data entry, database maintenance, and email. Expertise with Raisers Edge fundraising software preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Bachelors degree in Nonprofit Management or Business preferred.

Examples of Duties:

  • Coordinates fundraising special events and other donor cultivation and stewardship events and activities. Engages colleagues across departments in execution of events, based on achievement of shared goals.
  • Drives fundraising efforts for annual benefits using a holistic approach that coordinates all of our individual efforts: membership, galas, special projects, year-end giving, etc.. Maintains detailed, accurate systems and files to track and report on events and relationships.
  • Manages memberships and gifts in the assigned value levels (generally under $2,500, but will interact with donors at all levels). Manages a portfolio of up to twenty individual donors at the $500-$1,000 level.
  • Conducts research on individual and institutional donors and prospects.
  • Creates and manages prospect lists for direct mail, personal solicitation, and stewardship efforts and events. Plans and coordinates recognition and stewardship efforts for donors.
  • Maintains ethical and appropriate financial administration of contributed income including maintenance of the database and donor and prospect records.
  • Develops new stewardship programs and materials to increase donor awareness and affinity for the School, more deeply engage donors, and improve donor retention. Utilizes leadership staff and teaching artists to support this work.
  • Provides staff support for the Board of Directors. This includes board and committee meeting scheduling and setup, assisting the Executive Director, Director of Institutional Advancement, and board members in preparing and distributing documents, maintaining board records, and working with individual board members.

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

Kids’ Fiddle Instructor

Part-time (Lincoln Park)

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time teacher available on Saturdays for its fiddle program - a non-traditional method planted in the folk tradition. Classes are for children 3 years old to 13 years old and will be located at our 909 West Armitage location.

Teachers must have experience and enthusiasm for working with children of all ages as well as exceptional skills communicating with parents. Creativity, energy, and the ability to enthusiastically lead grownups and kids in musical education experiences are required. Must be a seasoned violinist, a strong singer, have a background or degree in music or music education, and be proficient on one other secondary instrument. At least two years of experience teaching children in a classroom setting is required. Fluency in a Spanish is a plus. Absolutely, positively must be available long-term on Saturdays.

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

Bhangra Instructor


The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Bhangra instructor to deliver beginner-friendly, safe, fun, progressive, and culturally-focused dance curriculum for 8-week classes with 5 to 15 adult students (ages 13 and up.) Instructor will provide music and support materials as needed. We will offer one or two classes per week at our Lincoln Square, and possibly Lincoln Park, locations.


  • Three years adult group class teaching experience
  • Ability to commit to pre-scheduled weekly classes for 16-week period
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students
  • Dance and movement music performance background helpful

If interested and qualified, please email cover letter and resume 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.

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