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Please, no phone calls.

Intern for Summer Camp 2016

Unpaid Internship, June 27-July 22 OR July 25-August 12, 2016

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks 16-18 year old interns for Summer Camp 2016 at our 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue location. Interns will attend CPR & First Aid training and general camp training, and will then work as an intern for a 3- or 4-week session, M-F, 8:30 am-1:00 pm. This position is unpaid.

Interns will assist counselors, teachers, and the Camp Leader during the course of each camp day, help set up activities, participate fully in the classroom learning process, offer transitional support to campers and camp groups, and follow a daily schedule with campers and counselors.

Ideal intern candidates will have expressed a distinct interest in leadership, mentorship, and education within the arts. Interns will mentor our campers’ growth in the arts, serve as mentees of the program’s counselors and teachers, and gain leadership, mentorship, communication, and teaching skills. Interns will be engaged in the diverse content of the School’s programs and have the opportunity to deepen their engagement in the School.

Applicants for the internship position must have experience engaging with children ages 7-11 in a school, camp, home, or other venue. An interest in the arts is critical, and interns should work well within a team and individually. The ideal candidate will have a great deal of energy, patience, and creativity, and will express a deep interest in experiencing the culture of an arts camp.

If interested and qualified, please submit a 250-500 word essay that describes yourself, your interest in the position, and your qualifications to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Due Date: March 31, 2016

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early April of 2016. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.


Camp Counselor for Arts Camp 2016: 7-11 year olds

Part-time, June 22 - August 12, 2016

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks Camp Counselors for Summer Camp 2016 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:

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

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

Due Date: March 31, 2016

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early April of 2016. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.


Camp Counselor for Arts Camp 2016: 4-6 year olds

Part-time, June 20 - August 12, 2016

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks Camp Counselors for Summer Camp 2016 at our 909 W. Armitage Avenue location. Counselors will attend several 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:

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

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

Due Date: March 31, 2016

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early April of 2016. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.


Arts Mentor for Teen Arts Camp

Part-time, June 27 - August 12, 2016

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks two Arts Mentors for Teen Arts Camp at our 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue location. The Arts Mentors will attend several days of training and will then be responsible for helping guide the campers and teachers through the 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM camp day, Monday through Friday, for seven weeks. Under supervision of the Camp Director 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 comfortable managing teens, and a serious commitment to working with teens is absolutely essential.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, preferably in the arts or in education.
  • A background in the arts is strongly preferred.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency with technology, especially with iPads, iMovie editing, and Google Drive, are required.
  • Organization, leadership, and a dedication to one’s work community are all necessary.

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

Due Date: March 31, 2016

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early April of 2016. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.


Kids’ Piano Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an experienced, energetic, and enthusiastic piano teacher for our innovative children's group piano program for immediate subbing opportunities and potential class assignments.

Requirements:

  • 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.


Voice and Piano Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Voice and Piano instructor to teach weekly private lessons and 80-minute group adult classes on fundamental technique, repertoire, and song performance.

Ability to play the piano to support voice students with basic accompaniment is required and strong candidates will have the ability to place songs into the cultural context of the students, working in a variety of styles. Teaching experience and commitment to an 8-week period required. Formal training in voice or voice pedagogy and familiarity with the Old Town School desired. The preferred candidate will be able to work with our existing program and with other teachers.

In your cover letter please be sure to tell us what specific genres you have experience with and any other instruments you may teach. Also, please describe the days and times you are available.

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


Education Program Intern – Winter/Spring 2016

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 beginning in January of 2016. 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, administration and other 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 email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.


Irish Dance Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Irish Dance instructor to deliver beginner to advanced level Irish dance classes for adults. Classes will be in Lincoln Square.

Qualifications:

  • Three years adult group Irish Dance teaching experience.
  • Certification in Irish Dance preferred.
  • Ability to commit to pre-scheduled weekly classes for 16-week period.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students.
  • Professional or competitive performing experience in Irish dance.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter along with artist samples 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.


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