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Employment Opportunities

Old Town School is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees. Old Town School strives to be an inclusive and equitable organization that is reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. This is critical to our success as a community focused organization.

Program Coordinator – Arts & Community Wellness (PT)

The Old Town School of Folk Music is looking for a reliable and detailed part-time Program Coordinator for its Music Moves programs and other Community Ventures programming.

Position summary: Program Coordinator – Arts & Community Wellness is the point person on location for our programs on the South and West sides of Chicago. This position works closely with partners and community stakeholders to develop and maintain the program requirements.

Key Duties:

  • Assists Program Manager with general administrative tasks, including reporting of teaching artist hours for payroll and administering program assessment tools.

  • Works with and maintains relationships with assigned partner community programs, including community-based staff and participating teachers.

  • Assists with culminating events, as needed.

  • Contributes to the ongoing training and management of teaching artists.

  • Organizes, distributes, and maintains inventory of instruments and support materials.

  • Coordinates planning and design of Summer Institute.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in related area or equivalent work experience.

  • Must be able to multitask and work independently.

  • Youth arts teaching experience is desired but not required, and some management or supervisory experience is preferred.

  • Must have excellent administrative, computer, communication skills, initiative and confidence in problem solving.

  • Experience with grant writing and management preferred.

  • Conference coordination skills desired.

  • Proficiency with Google Suite and social media required.

  • Deeply connected to South side communities and familiarity with the West side communities of Chicago.

  • Commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as ongoing personal growth in these areas.

  • Must be able to travel to visit various Chicago locations during the workday.

If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Human Resources Coordinator (PT)

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a detail-oriented part-time HR Coordinator to assist with administering all HR activities including employee record maintenance, recruiting, onboarding, benefits, engagement and other administrative tasks.

  • Employee Record Maintenance – Make updates to employee records in ADP and other internal systems, maintain files, and prepare reports.

  • Recruiting – Assist with identifying recruitment sources, posting positions, screening resumes, conducting phone/video interviews, and tracking activity.

  • Onboarding – Assist with coordinating background check and new hire processes.

  • Benefits – Assist with educating employees about benefits, answering questions and making adjustments.

  • Engagement – Assist with service awards and other recognition programs as well as coordinate events.

  • Other projects – Support other projects as needed.

    Qualifications:

    One year of administrative experience required. Previous HR experience preferred. Bachelor's degree or coursework in Human Resources Management preferred. Strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills required. Experience with HRIS or payroll database helpful. Bilingual in Spanish a plus. Ability to work a flexible schedule preferred (approximately 10-20 hours/week).

    If interested and qualified, please email resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

  • Wiggleworms® Instructor (PT)

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

    Qualifications:


    • At least 3 years of experience teaching young children in a classroom setting.

    • Teachers must be creative, passionate about music, and be able to enthusiastically lead grownups with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in musical learning..

    • Must play guitar and be a strong singer..

    • Must have background in music and/or degree in music..

    • Experience working with infants, babies, and toddlers preferred. .

    • Proficiency on another instrument preferred..

    • Fluency in Spanish a plus..

    • Ability to teach online (OTS FM will provide a Zoom account) and in person .

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

    Site Managers (Temporary Part-Time Role)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking Site Managers to oversee activities and ensure safe operations in Old Town School buildings and other locations as appropriate. They will serve as an ambassador and advocate for the School.

    Locations: Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park and South Loop locations


    Qualifications:


    • Experience managing events.

    • Experience with customer service and setting boundaries with participants.

    • Experience working with children preferred.

    • An understanding of COVID-19 safety protocols.

    • Strong interpersonal skills.

    • Able to think on one's feet and adapt to changing situations.

    • Ability to carry out emergency protocol in event of fire, inclement weather or other crises.

    • Access to a personal smartphone during shift.

    Summary of Duties:


    • Ensure compliance with all Old Town School safety protocols including but not limited to social distancing and mask wearing (for age 2 and over). Address concerns directly as they arise. Report issues to Education team managers.

    • Manage program operations for the assigned shift.

    • Serve as a resource for teachers.

    • Ensure set up and break down of assigned location(s) as needed in accordance with Old Town School protocols, including signage.

    • Ensure participants (or parents) have completed the online self-attestation form and follow up with them as necessary.

    • Manage the check in process and direct participants to their locations.

    • Track attendance and monitor the number of participants and caregivers where appropriate.

    • Monitor amount of people using bathrooms and elevators.

    • Sanitize equipment for class.

    • Coordinate with program management, customer service, and maintenance staff as needed.

    • Oversee volunteer staff where appropriate.

    • Ensure rooms are cleaned where needed.

    • Secure property and open/close building as needed.

    • Complete assigned checklist.

    Physical requirements:
    The position requires the ability to see, hear, sit, stand, walk, reach, push, and pull. Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

    To be considered for this role, please send your resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

    Maintenance Worker/Custodian

    The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a reliable part-time maintenance worker/custodian to maintain our buildings and facilities.

    Key Duties:


    • Cleaning and sanitizing classrooms, common areas, restrooms and other areas in accordance with Old Town School protocols.

    • 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.

    • Adhering to all cleaning, sanitizing and safety protocols.

    • Providing assistance and customer service to community members where appropriate.

    • May provide maintenance support for concerts or special events.

    • May perform minor repairs to facilities and equipment.

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

    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications: Must be capable of basic physical labor such as mopping, sweeping, and hauling trash. Ability to work unsupervised and complete set tasks in the time allowed. One year of experience in a similar role preferred. Understanding of basic cleaning, sanitizing and safety protocols required. Ability to work in multiple locations and on weekends required. Basic mechanical and repair skills preferred.

    Physical Requirements: 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 and exposure to hot and cold temperatures.

    To be considered for this role, please send your resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

    Ukulele Instructors (PT)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks part-time ukulele teachers for private lessons and group classes in Lincoln Park and in the South Loop.

    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

    • Multi-instrumentalist and ability to teach online a plus

    Discounts at the School and some voluntary benefits are available for part-time employees.

    If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

    Digital Marketing Specialist

    The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking a creative and detail-oriented Digital Marketing Specialist to drive performance marketing for the organization in support of the sales and promotion of educational programming and concert offerings.

    Job Summary

    The Digital Marketing Specialist's role is to design, create, and execute marketing campaigns and experiences to support growth and retention of Old Town School's educational programming and events both in-person and online. This role requires an in-depth knowledge of digital marketing, analytics, advertising platforms and emerging trends in social media.

    This is a leading role in the management of digital projects for the organization inclusive of online planning and insight, online promotions, content production, online display advertising, web building and design, and social media.

    Key Duties
    The Digital Marketing Specialist is a collaborative role along with the Digital Marketing Coordinator, and is the key touchpoint for the Old Town School brand's online presence. This position delivers marketing communications for prospective and active students, concertgoers and event attendees.

    Daily functions include:

  • Creating and implementing marketing strategies for successful sales
  • Planning email campaigns and audience strategy
  • Content creation, copyediting and management
  • Executing promotional and paid digital advertising campaigns
  • Analyzing data and performance metrics as well implementation with internal reporting
  • Managing website adjustments

    The Digital Marketing Specialist reports to the Director of Marketing and interfaces with all aspects of the organization. Candidates should be prepared to interact with the marketing team's communication functions as well as public relations, events, retail as well as new and creative collaborations among external brands, technologies and platforms.

    Qualifications
    B.S. in Marketing, Communications or Business required or equivalent experience. Three years of related experience required. Ideal candidates should have strong communication skills and are able to interface with creatives as well as utilizing consumer insights to explore and develop creative marketing acquisition tactics.

    Candidates should have 3-years minimum experience with: managing SEO/SEM/PPC for brands, managing CRM databases and e-commerce platforms, and have working knowledge of HTML and CSS. This role must follow best practices and make recommendations based on changes in the rapidly changing field of digital marketing. Experience with Google Suite, Google Analytics and Facebook Ad Manager preferred.

    Applicants possessing strong analytical skills and highly organized, detail-oriented folks with creative approaches to problem solving and a passion for the arts are encouraged to apply.

    If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

  • Instructor for Adult & Children's Dance (PT)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an experienced part-time and enthusiastic instructor for adult and children's dance programs.

    Qualifications
    Bachelor's degree in Dance or related area preferred. Three years of experience teaching beginning through advanced tap and jazz dance to adults and children is preferred.

    Training in or willingness to learn Social Emotional Learning based pedagogy and up to date teaching practices required. Candidates should have experience with choreography, technique as well as ensuring safe movements during classes. Training in other dance forms such as musical theatre, modern, ballet, and/or hip hop is a plus. Prior experience as a performer is helpful. Must be able to clearly communicate with students and parents. Certifications like YPAD, RWID or another movement discipline are a plus.

    Ability to teach at Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square locations strongly preferred. Evening and weekend (daytime) availability is required.

    Discounts at the School and some voluntary benefits are available for part-time employees.

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

    Bartender/Barback (PT)

    The Old Town School is seeking an experienced and reliable part-time Bartender/Barback for its operations in Lincoln Square during evening concerts.


    Job Summary
    The Bartender/Barback provides an excellent guest experience. They prepare for and serve beer, wine, and cocktails. The Bartender/Barback will keep the bar stocked and maintain a clean work area throughout their shift. Shifts typically include weekday and weekend evenings during concerts.


    Key Duties
  • Provides a pleasant experience to customers with exemplary customer service.
  • Serves drinks, snacks and coffee while maintaining a neat, clean, and sanitary bar area.
  • Follows recipes to create beverages where needed.
  • Ensures smooth set up and operation of bar services.
  • Keeps the bar stocked with beer, wine, liquor, cups, napkins, and all other necessary items before and during service hours.
  • Prepares garnishes, refills ice wells, and restocks beverage coolers.
  • Advises manager of ordering needs.
  • Cleans up spills, removes cups and organizes the counter.
  • Completes cleaning according to daily and weekly schedules, including dishwashing and removing garbage as needed.
  • Performs transactions using POS system. Completes end of shift paperwork and reports any discrepancies to manager.
  • Diplomatically resolves issues where needed.
  • Adheres to proper alcohol handling, sanitation, and safety procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned


    Qualifications
    One year of related bartending/barback experience required in a fast-paced environment. Health and food safety certification required. B.A.S.S.E.T. (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education Training) certification required. Must be at least 21 years old.

    Must be able to communicate effectively in verbal and written form, be self-motivated and able to multitask. Familiarity with Square POS platform is a plus. Comfortable using a computer and navigating the Google suite. Bilingual Spanish ability is helpful. Must be able to work evenings and weekends.

    Physical Requirements
    This work requires the following physical activities: reaching, bending, stooping, lifting up to 50 lbs., standing, walking, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity. The work is performed primarily indoors in a bar/cafe environment.

    If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.


  • House/Stage Manager (PT)


    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.

    Examples of 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 abilities 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.

    Discounts at the School and some voluntary benefits are available for part-time employees.

    If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.


  • Piano Instructors (PT)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks part-time piano teachers to teach private lessons and/or group classes at its Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations.

    Skills/Qualifications:
  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree (Music Education or Performance preferred)
  • Minimum two years of teaching experience preferred
  • Experience teaching private piano lessons and/or group classes 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 piano repertoire preferred
  • Multi-instrumentalist and ability to teach online a plus
  • Must be able to work weekends

    Discounts at the School and some voluntary benefits are available for part-time employees.

    If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.
  • Customer Service Associate

    The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking friendly and detailed part-time Customer Service Associates.

    Responsibilities include registering students, selling tickets to shows, answering phone calls, and providing information to visitors. Customer Service Associates are frequently the first point of contact with whom students, guests and visitors interact.

    Applicants must be responsive, articulate, and willing to pitch in where needed. Three years of customer service experience and proficient computer skills are required. The ability to play at least one instrument at an intermediate level is strongly preferred. The capacity to communicate effectively with diplomacy and tact is essential. Problem solving skills and sound judgment are critical as well as well. Must be able to work independently and be accurate when performing transactions (i.e. cash handling, registrations, etc.). Bilingual Spanish skills are highly desired. An interest in art, dance, theatre, and education is helpful.

    Must be flexible to work weekend as well as afternoon/evening hours. Shifts would be at multiple locations.

    Discounts at the school and some voluntary benefits are available for part-time employees.

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

    Drum Kit Instructor (PT)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time drum kit teachers to teach private lessons on Saturdays at our Lincoln Park location.

    Skills/Qualifications:
  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree (Music Education or Performance) preferred
  • Minimum two years of teaching experience preferred
  • Experience teaching private drum kit lessons 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 repertoire preferred
  • Multi-instrumentalist and ability to teach online a plus

    Discounts at the School and some voluntary benefits are available for part-time employees.

    If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org
  • Equal Employment Opportunity

    Old Town School is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees. Old Town School strives to be an inclusive and equitable organization that is reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. This is critical to our success as a community focused organization.