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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: March 1, 2017

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early March 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: March 1, 2017

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


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: March 1, 2017

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


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: March 1, 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