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Please, no phone calls.

House/Stage Manager

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time House/Stage Manager to manage facilities and attendees from beginning to end of shows. Duties may vary night to night, including service as stage manager for events as assigned, requiring preparation, supervision and trouble-shooting during the event, and wrapping up afterwards.

Examples of duties:

  • Oversees facility preparation, including hall, lobby, dressing room(s), and any unique advance requests or needs.
  • Manages volunteers, including check-in, assignments, and distribution of any equipment or materials. Checks in with Head Volunteer throughout event.
  • May be responsible for merchandise sales bank, lock box, and cash handling.
  • Helps sell tickets and troubleshoot box office as needed.
  • After show prepares building for closing.
  • May greets artists at load-in and help with set-up, hospitality, parking, keeping event running on time, check, guest lists, and other needs.
  • May act as MC.
  • May calculate artist settlement after box office is balanced and pay artists and sound engineer.

Qualifications:

  • Event production experience required.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to speak with authority.
  • Decisiveness and the ability to think on one’s feet and adapt to change are essential.
  • Must be available to work outside of typical business hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Must be able to use stairs and lift 30 lbs.
  • Experience supervising others preferred.

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


Events Administrative Assistant

Part-time, Summer

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Events Administrative Assistant to assist our Concert Team, performing a wide range of administrative tasks related to artist contracts, schedules, hospitality, and payments. Will also help as needed with production of concerts, a festival, and other events.

This job will last through our summer season, for approximately four months beginning in April and ending in August. Employee will work fifteen hours per week, with additional hours July 6th -9th. Absolutely must be available to work July 6th – 9th. Weekly schedule is flexible but Friday availability is highly preferred.

Examples of duties:

  • Assists with general administration of the Events Department, including creation, revision, and tracking of artist contracts and budgets.
  • Processes and tracks artist deposits and payments.
  • Creates sound check and show schedules and disseminates schedule and technical information to relevant staff.
  • General office duties (telephone, scan, fax, file).
  • Assists in the set-up and execution of catering/hospitality in coordination with the Production Coordinators. Assesses dressing room needs and creates shopping lists in accordance with artist riders.

Qualifications:

  • Must have an eye for detail and be able to work quickly and accurately.
  • Must be organized and capable of multitasking and managing multiple projects at the same time, solving problems and meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent customer service skills required.
  • Events experience preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
  • Must be proficient in Mac.

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


Retail Associate

Part-time

The Old Town School Music Store seeks a part-time acoustic instrument gear-head with experience selling instruments, accessories, books, and other music-related items. This person must be able to restring guitars, answer technical customer questions, and be able to chat about various acoustic music styles all at the same time.

Must have 2 years retail experience, preferably at a music store, and must play multiple stringed instruments including guitar. Experience with AIMsi POS software is a plus, as are bilingual skills. A flexible schedule, including nights and weekends, is required.

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


Contemporary/Modern Dance Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Contemporary/Modern Dance instructor to deliver beginner and intermediate level classes to adults, with potential for adding advanced/professional classes in the future. Instructor will provide music and support materials as needed.

Requirements:

  • Three years adult group Contemporary or Modern Dance teaching experience
  • Bachelor's degree in dance; Master's degree preferred
  • Ability to commit to pre-scheduled weekly classes for 8-week period
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students
  • Professional performing experience in dance

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


Education Program Intern

Summer 2017

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an Education Program Intern with a passion for the arts and arts learning, to assist with education program administration for approximately 20 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship for the summer of 2017. Length of the internship and hours per week are negotiable. Students undertaking the internship in order to earn college credit preferred.

Examples of Duties:

  • Help prepare for class sessions, events, and workshop series.
  • Assist with program development activities.
  • Engage in special project work and research as assigned.
  • Assist with administrative tasks; data entry, copying, and filing, as needed.
  • Participate in meetings with program staff and administration, as well as faculty meetings.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in office administration, customer service, arts programming and/or teaching.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software and database programs.
  • The ability to handle time-sensitive tasks.
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills.
If interested and qualified, please submit a cover letter and resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.


Ensemble Instructor for Teen Arts Camp 2017

Part-time, June 26, 2017 through July 7, 2017

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an ensemble instructor for Teen Arts Camp 2017 at our 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue campus. Responsibilities include creating a curriculum to introduce students ages 12-15 to a condensed overview of musical ensemble styles from around the world, teaching students about the roles within various types of ensembles, and instructing students on how to structure their own ensembles. The class will focus on the process of ensemble development, songwriting, arranging, and instrumentation, all while exploring a variety of exercises, techniques, and skills within an engaging and hands-on learning environment.

The students of this music-based ensemble class will also participate in a theater-based ensemble class. The instructors of the two ensemble classes will collaborate and assist the students in the creation of one or more original, student-driven pieces to be presented at the camp showcase at the end of the camp session.

Qualifications:

  • Professional work experience in music required, related degree preferred. At least 3 years experience directing or coaching teens in a performing ensemble.
  • A strong background and personal practice in ensemble work and music education.
  • The ability to arrange songs for a variety of instrumentation and skill levels.
  • Proficiency in at least three instruments is required; familiarity with a wide range of instruments is highly desirable.
  • Must be comfortable as a vocal coach, band leader, manager, and arranger.
  • Experience in an additional performance-related discipline, such as spoken word, musical theater, hip hop arts, slam poetry, or creative writing.
  • A great deal of energy, patience, and creativity.
  • Must be organized and have a strong dedication to one’s work community.
  • A serious commitment to working with teens is absolutely essential.

If interested and qualified, please submit a cover letter and resume along with a one-page class proposal, which includes a brief class description, class goals, and teaching philosophy, to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Due Date: April 15, 2017

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early April of 2017. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.


Arts Mentor for Teen Arts Camp

Part-time, June 21 - August 4, 2017

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an Arts Mentor for Teen Arts Camp at our 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue location. The Arts Mentors will attend three days of training and will then be responsible for helping guide the campers through the 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM camp day, Monday through Friday, for six weeks. Under supervision of the Camp Manager and Camp Leader, the Arts Mentors help lead and oversee day-to-day activities, lead the entire group in all transitions, and act as both a point person for teachers and as a liaison for parents. The Arts Mentors help oversee arrival and departure of campers, aid in ensuring safety of the group, collaborate on a variety of arts-based projects with Camp Leader and campers, communicate with the teaching team and the camp families, and help organize the three end-of-camp performance showcases.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years experience leading 12-15 year olds in activities, such as those at a camp or school, including communicating with their parents.
  • Must be able to remain calm under pressure and be able to solve problems as they arise.
  • Must be enthusiastic, energetic, and have excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • A background in the arts is essential.
  • Proficiency with technology, especially with iPads, iMovie editing, and Google Drive, are required.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, and should be comfortable managing teens.
  • Organization, leadership, and a dedication to one’s work community are all necessary.
  • A serious commitment to working with teens is absolutely essential.

If interested and qualified, please submit a cover letter and resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Due Date: April 15, 2017

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early April of 2017. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.


Camp Counselor for Arts Camp 2017: 4-6 year olds

Part-time, June 21 - August 4, 2017

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks camp counselors for Summer Camp 2017 at our 909 W. Armitage Avenue location. Counselors will attend three days of training and will then be responsible for guiding their campers through the 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM camp day, Monday through Friday, for seven weeks. This requires managing their group at all times, participating in music/dance/theater/visual art classes and helping lead arts-based activities.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants for the counselor position must have at least 2 years experience working with children ages 4-6.
  • A background in the arts is critical, and the ideal candidate will work well within a team and individually.
  • Applicants must have completed at least two years of an undergraduate arts or education program and should have a great deal of energy, patience, and creativity.
  • The ideal candidate will be extremely comfortable supervising, teaching, and managing children.
  • Organization, leadership, and a dedication to one’s work community are all essential.

If interested and qualified, please submit a cover letter and resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Due Date: April 15, 2017


Camp Counselor for Arts Camp 2017: 7-11 year olds

Part-time, June 21 - August 18, 2017

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks camp counselors for Summer Camp 2017 at our 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue location. Counselors will attend three days of training and will then be responsible for guiding their campers through the 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM camp day, Monday through Friday, for seven weeks. This requires managing their group at all times, participating in music/dance/theater/visual art classes and leading outdoor activities.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants for the counselor position must have at least 2 years experience working with children ages 7-11.
  • A background in the arts is critical, and the ideal candidate will work well within a team and individually.
  • Applicants must have completed at least two years of an undergraduate arts or education program and should have a great deal of energy, patience, and creativity.
  • The ideal candidate will be extremely comfortable supervising, teaching, and managing children.
  • Organization, leadership, and a dedication to one’s work community are all essential.

If interested and qualified, please submit a cover letter and resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Due Date: April 15, 2017


Filmmaking Instructor for Teen Arts Camp 2017

Part-time, July 24, 2017 through August 4, 2017

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a filmmaking instructor for Teen Arts Camp 2017 at our Lincoln Avenue campus. Responsibilities include creating a curriculum to introduce students ages 12-15 to a condensed overview of filmmaking, the structure of filmmaking as an artistic medium, and the roles within the field. Content will include stylistic origins and styles of video production and filmmaking, including that within movies, television, commercials, and the Internet.

The class will focus on the process of writing and storyboarding original film, all while exploring a variety of exercises, techniques, and skills within an engaging and hands-on learning environment. The students of the filmmaking class will also participate in a scoring class, in which they will create an original score to accompany the piece(s) that they develop in their filmmaking class. The instructors of the scoring and filmmaking classes will collaborate and assist the students in the creation of one or more original, student-driven pieces to be presented at the camp showcase at the end of the camp session.

Qualifications:

  • Must have at least 3 years of experience working with children ages 12-15.
  • Must have a strong background and/or degree in one’s artistic field. Bachelor’s degree in filmmaking preferred.
  • Must have a great deal of energy, patience, and creativity.
  • Must be extremely comfortable teaching and managing teens.
  • Must be organized and have a strong dedication to one’s work community.
  • A serious commitment to working with teens is absolutely essential.

If interested and qualified, please submit a resume and cover letter, along with a one-page class proposal, which includes a brief class description, class goals, and teaching philosophy to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Due Date: April 15, 2017


Wiggleworms-in-Residence Teaching Artist

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a bilingual Wiggleworms-in-Residence Teaching Artist to develop and deliver early childhood programming for children newborn through five years old at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning in Little Village. This includes development of curriculum and weekly music lesson plans for 12 to 14 twenty-minute classes per week, spread over two weekday mornings. This will require approximately seven classroom hours, and approximately seven administration hours, per week. The program runs 48 weeks per year.

This Teaching Artist serves as a musical resource for the Center’s classroom teachers in order to maintain a meaningful, integrated music program. This includes adapting curriculum to meet the individual and evolving needs of the children, teachers, and classroom, suggesting music, lyrics, and supplies, and collaborating on assessments of the children’s development. Conducts formal and informal training with the Center’s teachers and staff.

As representative of the Old Town School, and liaison for Center families, this position implements family/community music activities and attends concerts, events, and graduations. Maintains collaborative relationship with the Center’s administrative staff and curriculum coordinators. Works with the OTSFM Education Outreach Program Manager to communicate the vision and impact of the program for funding purposes.

Qualifications:

  • Must be motivated, collaborative, and committed to early childhood music education.
  • At least 2 years of experience teaching young children in a classroom setting is required.
  • Must be an intermediate or higher level guitar player, a strong singer, and proficient on at least one other instrument.
  • A background or degree in music is required, a degree in Early Childhood Education preferred.
  • Bilingual Spanish ability required.

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


Children’s Dance Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks part-time Children’s Dance Instructors to join our substitute teacher list. Instructors should be able to teach a variety of classes. Days and times are varied. Instructor will provide music and support materials as needed in order to implement fun, effective, and age-appropriate activities. May lead to scheduled opportunities in our Children's program.

Requirements:

  • Three years experience teaching children.
  • Bachelor's degree in dance.
  • Firm grasp of creative movement, ballet, and jazz technique.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students and parents.
  • Energy, patience, and creativity.

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


Wiggleworms Instructor, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Evanston, and Glencoe

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time teacher available on Saturdays and weekday mornings for its acclaimed early childhood music program, Wiggleworms. Classes are for children newborn to 5 years old accompanied by an adult.

At least three years of experience teaching young children in a classroom setting is required. Teachers must be creative, passionate about music, and be able to enthusiastically lead grownups and kids in musical learning. 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 Spanish.

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.


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