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If you would like to submit a resumé, include the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Email to: hiring@oldtownschool.org

Please, no phone calls.

Engagement Director


The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an Engagement Director to deepen the engagement of our current audiences and broaden the School’s reach to new audiences. Reporting to the Executive Director, this senior management position is responsible for conceiving, developing, and producing a variety of new projects and for coordinating innovation across departments. The director produces an extensive calendar of one-off and drop-in programs, residencies with visiting artists, special events, and ambitious extended thematic engagement programs. Facilitates an Innovation Council charged with project development, consensus building, and championing innovative strategies throughout the School, internally and externally.

The Engagement Director fulfills several related roles:

  • As a planner, looks for creative solutions to ongoing issues and for new directions for innovative project development.
  • As a business strategist, builds fiscally-sound programs with appropriate input from within the School and the community.
  • As a researcher, pursues data collection and/or seeks outside assistance in assembling relevant information to inform program direction.
  • As a facilitator, brings together and catalyses the work of ad-hoc working groups necessary for success.
  • As a visionary, conceives new ideas for engaging audiences, and adapts best practices from across the creative economy.
  • As a partner and colleague, is an enthusiastic and inspirational change leader.


  • Highly creative thinker with a track record of accomplishment in creative project development and execution.
  • Experience taking complex projects from conception and through development, funding, coalition building, production, and assessment.
  • Articulate and persuasive, comfortable as a public speaker.
  • Must have passion for and knowledge of the arts, particularly contemporary urban cultural trends.
  • Adept with current web and social media platforms.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English a plus.

If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter including a description of the most exciting and innovative project you’ve driven from conception to completion 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.

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