Employment Opportunities

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.

Director of Major Gifts

Full-time

Summary:
Provide strategic direction for unrestricted and project specific gifts from key prospects. Manage a personal portfolio of donors/prospects with the capacity to make gifts in the five- and six-figure range. Establish ambitious revenue goals and implement effective strategies to achieve success at the major gift level. Work closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement, School leadership and colleagues to maximize and capture donor giving potential.

Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree required. 5-7+ years of proven achievement in non-profit fundraising program. Demonstrated experience in strategy development, project management, and success in the cultivation and solicitation of gifts of five- and six figures using a moves management system required. Demonstrated comprehensive campaign experience required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, and have experience using database systems, with prior experience using Raiser's Edge software strongly preferred. Must demonstrate creative thinking, problem-solving, and team-building skills. Prior experience working with senior executives and boards of directors is required.

Responsibilities:
In partnership with the Director of Institutional Advancement and development colleagues, develop and implement annual and special initiative fundraising and program strategy goals to capture and maximize the giving potential of Old Town School of Folk Music donors and prospects.


  • Build and manage a portfolio of approximately 100 donors/prospects with giving potential of five figures or higher following effective moves management processes from qualification to stewardship.

  • Actively engage the CEO, Director of Institutional Advancement, board, program staff, and other high-level donors/volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gift prospects.

  • In partnership with development colleagues, identify and package a robust portfolio of funding opportunities and implement effective prospect management strategies to build a sustainable donor pipeline.

  • Provide staff support for appropriate campaign and donor committees.

  • Oversee and ensure integrity of regular reporting on goal achievement to demonstrate progress, identify areas of concern, and revise strategies as needed, including effective budget management.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Success Factors:

Exceptional leadership, planning, and organizing skills. Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to discern and respond to donor interests to meet both donor and institutional goals. Ability to successfully motivate, engage and interact with senior leadership, board members, high level donors and volunteers. Ability to build strong, collaborative partnerships with peers in a fast-paced, team-based environment. Ability to relate to diverse groups of people. A commitment to, and ability to effectively convey, the School's mission with genuine passion, and the willingness to continually learn about the programs and mission.

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

Program Coordinator – Wiggleworms

Part Time

Oversees the quality and implementation of the Wiggleworms programs for children and families at Old Town School campuses and in satellite (suburban) locations. Ensures that programs are growing and developing. Works closely with the Associate Director of Education to establish, implement, and monitor the success of their programs.

Duties:


  • Serves as a central point of contact between students, faculty, administration, and other external constituencies on day-to-day administrative, programmatic, and operational matters.

  • In concert with the Associate Director, works with Marketing team, faculty and students to ensure programs meet enrollment objectives, attracting new students and retaining existing students.

  • Schedules and oversees the training of faculty. Enters teacher substitutions and special events into payroll.

  • Manages customer service requests, comments, and complaints from students. Counsels students' families on classes and appropriate levels of study.

  • Maintenance of assigned programs registration system, including scheduling rooms for classes, workshops, recitals, and showcases. Manages computer program entries for scheduling, describing, cancelling, and changing offerings.

  • Schedules, coordinates, and emcees program performances which includes, but is not limited to managing room reservations, lighting and sound, and volunteers.

  • Monitors maintenance and equipping of classrooms. Assesses equipment, books, music, props, and materials and researches necessary purchases. Some light lifting may be required.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:


  • Must be a highly organized, problem solving, effective communicator.

  • Must thrive in a fast-paced work environment and adapt quickly to change.

  • Must understand the needs of families with very small children.

  • At least two years' experience in arts administration or customer service required.

  • Bilingual Spanish skills are highly desired.

  • Experience as a Wiggleworms teacher or student a plus.

  • Must be able to travel to Old Town School campuses and satellite (suburban) locations

  • Must be available to work on weekday mornings and some weekends.

  • Proficiency with Google and Apple platforms required. Experience with social media platforms is helpful.

  • Experience supervising teachers is a plus.

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

House/Stage Manager – Part-Time

Part Time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time House/Stage Manager to manage facilities, volunteers and attendees from beginning to end of shows. Duties may vary from night to night. May serve as Stage Manager for events as assigned, including preparations, supervision and troubleshooting during the event as well as wrapping up afterwards.

Duties:


  • Oversee facility preparation, including hall, lobby, dressing room(s), and any unique advance requests or needs.

  • Manage volunteers, including check in, assignments, and distribution of any equipment or materials. Check in with Head Volunteer throughout event.

  • May be responsible for cash handling and tracking.

  • Help sell tickets and troubleshoot box office as needed.

  • Prepare building for closing after event.

  • May greet artists at load in and help with set up, general hospitality and parking.

  • Keep event running on time, check guest lists and handle other needs.

  • May act as emcee for the event.

  • May be responsible for ensuring appropriate payment to artists and engineers.

Qualifications:


  • Event production experience required.

  • Must have strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills.

  • The ability to think on one's feet, to be decisive and adapt to change are essential.

  • Must be available to work a minimum of four shifts per month of five to seven hours at a time.

  • Must be able to work night and weekend hours.

  • Must be able to use stairs and lift 30 lbs.

  • Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers preferred.

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

Sales Associate – Music Store

Part-time

The Old Town School Music Store is seeking an outgoing and enthusiastic part time sales associate. We are looking for a gear-head with excellent customer service skills who has experience selling instruments, accessories, books, and other music-related items.

This person must be proficient at playing guitar and one other instrument, be able to restring guitars, answer technical customer questions and have excellent customer service skills. Must have a minimum of 2 years retail experience, preferably at a music store.

Experience with RAIN retail P.O.S. software is a plus, as are bilingual skills and back room experience restocking packing and shipping. Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends, is required.

Discounts at the school and some voluntary benefits are available for part-time employees. If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Irish Step Dance Instructor, Adults

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an experienced, enthusiastic instructor for adult Irish Stepdancing classes. This is a part-time position, with a schedule to be determined.

Candidates must have experience teaching beginning dance to adults. A background of training, choreography and teaching Irish dance and music forms also required. Training in other ethnic dance forms and ability to incorporate musical & cultural background preferred.

If interested and qualified, please submit a resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Cover letters are preferred.

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.

Wiggleworms Instructor – South Side of Chicago (Englewood, Washington Park, South Shore and Grand Crossing)

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, which will soon be offered on the South Side through the Music Moves program. 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 with culturally responsive material. Must be an intermediate musician, a strong vocalist, have a background and/or degree in music, and open to a co-instructional teaching model. 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.

Maintenance Worker/Custodian

Part-time

Cleans and maintains buildings and facilities, usually during the night and early morning when the buildings are unoccupied. Must be available weekends and evenings.

Must be capable of basic physical labor such as mopping, sweeping, and hauling trash. Must be able to work unsupervised and complete set tasks in the time allowed. Basic mechanical and repair skills preferred. Able to address a wide array of physical and mechanical tasks and repairs.

This work can be physically demanding, requiring the following physical activities: reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, lifting objects up to 50 pounds, standing, walking, climbing, grasping, feeling, and visual acuity. This work may include exposure to strong smells such as paint and thinners.

Examples of Duties:


  • Mopping, dusting and sweeping.

  • Emptying trash and moving to outside dumpsters.

  • Cleaning and sanitizing restrooms.

  • Returning equipment, supplies, and furniture to appropriate locations prior to the start of the business day.

  • May perform minor repairs to facilities and equipment.

  • May work on outside maintenance, shoveling snow, spreading salt, etc

  • Other duties as assigned.

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

Early Childhood Piano Teacher

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time teacher available on Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons/early evenings for its early childhood piano classes in Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park.

Qualifications:


  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree (early childhood education, music, or related field preferred.

  • Minimum two years of teaching experience in an early childhood classroom setting preferred.

  • Exceptional communication skills required.

  • Must be a seasoned pianist and a tuneful vocal model with a background or degree in music.

  • Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of developmentally appropriate early childhood education.

  • Candidates must demonstrate a creative and energetic teaching approach rooted in singing games, active music making, and experiential learning.

Qualified candidates will be invited to interview and audition. If interested and qualified, please submit a resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Ukulele Instructors, South Loop

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks ukulele teachers for private lessons in its newest location in the South Loop in partnership with Columbia College Chicago.

Skills & Qualifications:


  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree (Music Performance or Music Education preferred)

  • Minimum two years of teaching experience preferred

  • High level of musicianship and personal responsibility

  • Ability to teach beginning through advanced levels required

  • Ability to teach young children through adults

  • Candidate with a knowledge of diverse ukulele repertoire preferred

  • Multi-instrumentalist a plus

For consideration, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Old Town School of Folk Music is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment with the Old Town School of Folk Music without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, protected veteran status or other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law.