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Please, no phone calls.

Bilingual Customer Service Associate

Part-time

We seek a part-time Customer Service Associate. Responsibilities include registering students, selling tickets to shows, answering phone calls, and providing information to visitors. Must be flexible and we are especially interested in someone who can work Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday afternoon/evening hours.

Applicants must be friendly, articulate, detail-oriented, and willing to pitch in where needed. 3 years customer service experience and computer skills are required. Must be able to play at least one instrument at an intermediate level. Bilingual Spanish skills highly desired. An interest in art, dance, theatre, and education is helpful.

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


Concert Department Assistant

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Assistant to help our Concert Team, performing a wide range of administrative tasks related to volunteer scheduling, artist hospitality, and payment processing. Will also help as needed with production of concerts, a festival, and other events.

The Concert Assistant will work approximately 20 hours per week, with additional hours during our annual Square Roots Festival. Absolutely must be available to work July 12th - 15th, 2018. Weekly schedule is flexible but afternoon and Friday availability is highly preferred.

Examples of duties:

  • Assists with general administration of the Events Department, including scheduling and administration of volunteer schedules and hours.
  • Processes and tracks artist deposits and payments.
  • Creates sound check and show schedules and disseminates schedule and technical information to relevant staff.
  • General office duties (telephone, scan, fax, file).
  • Assists in the set-up and execution of catering/hospitality in coordination with the Production Coordinators. Assesses dressing room needs and creates shopping lists in accordance with artist riders.

Qualifications:

  • Must have an eye for detail and be able to work quickly and accurately.
  • Must be organized and capable of multitasking and managing multiple projects at the same time, solving problems and meeting deadlines.
  • Excellent customer service skills required.
  • Events experience preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
  • Must be proficient in Mac.
  • Must be available July 12th - 15th, 2018.

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


Café Associate

Part-time

Do you love banjos, coffee, and beer?

Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking a professional to work in our quick casual café for 10 to 15 hours per week. Cafe associates must have high standards of sanitation, the ability to multitask, a friendly attitude, and love of music, coffee, and beer. Cafe associates also assist as a bar-back during our evening concerts.

Applicants must have a minimum of one year experience in food handling and being punctual is a must. We expect a great attitude and excellent customer service 100% of the time.

Requirements:

  • A current City of Chicago Sanitation License.
  • Minimum one year BOH food handling experience.
  • A love of customer service.
  • Must be available to work 15- 25 hours weekly, mostly nights and weekends.
  • Basset Certification is a plus.
  • Barista or bar-back experience is a plus.

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


Dance Program Coordinator

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Dance Program Coordinator to work closely with the Director of Education to maintain a comprehensive dance curriculum for adults, teens, and children. The Coordinator schedules rooms for classes, workshops, and recitals and manages computer entries for dance offerings.

Additional duties include:

  • Counsels adult students and parents on classes and appropriate levels of study.
  • Schedules, coordinates, and emcees dance program performances including: room reservations, lighting and sound technician, volunteers, booking studio space for rehearsals.
  • With guidance from the Director of Education, provides ongoing management of the dance residency program.
  • Monitors maintenance and equipping of dance studios. Assesses dance equipment, books, music, props, and materials and researches necessary purchases in consultation with the Director of Education. Makes recommendations for supporting materials to the school store and Resource Center.
  • Promotes the School’s dance and movement programming in the dance and arts communities. Monitors the Dance and Movement social media page. Acts as spokesperson for the Old Town School at its dance-related special events and appearances. Builds and maintains relationships with outside organizations for dance-related projects including attendance at citywide dance events and convenings.
  • Researches and recommends new dance classes and workshops to expand the current slate of offerings.

Qualifications:

  • Expertise in the language and practice of music and dance required.
  • At least two years prior experience leading similar dance and music programs is highly desired.
  • Must be computer capable including Mac and/or PC skills, ideally with Filemaker experience.
  • Must be an effective communicator in verbal, electronic, and written forms, and have experience working with diverse groups.

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


Teen Camp Leader

Part-time, Mon - Fri, June 2018 - August 2018. Approximately 20-30 additional pre-camp planning hours will be required from January-May, 2018.

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Camp Leader, who will manage all day-to-day camp activities for Teen Arts Camp, lead the group in transitions, curate and manage the end-of-session showcases, and serve as a point person, mentor, and advocate for counselors, teachers, campers, and their parents.

Qualifications:

  • At least three years of experience teaching and leading teens in arts-based education.
  • At least three years of experience in arts administration or creative youth development.
  • Must be able to remain calm under pressure, solve problems as they arise, and be able to model professional behavior at all times.
  • Must take a leadership role in problem solving and ensuring the safety of all students.
  • Must be enthusiastic, energetic, and have excellent communication skills.
  • Must be extremely dedicated to team building and community engagement through the arts.
  • Experience supervising teachers and staff is required.
  • Bachelors degree in Education or an artistic discipline, or equivalent experience preferred.
  • A background of personal practice in the arts (e.g. music, spoken word, writing, filmmaking, dance, visual arts, theater) is essential.

The Teen Camp Leader may also have opportunities to manage, plan, and prepare for other Old Town School teen-focused activities and events, such as Teen Open Mic and Teen Advisory Council.

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


Senior Production Manager

Full-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a Senior Production Manager to manage the production of all concerts and events in Maurer Hall, our 418-seat auditorium, the Square Roots Festival, and other events produced by the School at outside venues (larger theaters, Chicago parks, etc.) - approximately 150 shows per year. Oversees the production advancing for these shows, ensuring that the needs of the show and performer are met while staying within budget parameters.

Examples of Duties:

  • Conducts advance work for shows, including communication with artist representatives regarding performance and fulfillment of contract riders. Reviews and edits contract riders, ensuring that artist production and catering requirements stay within budget and the venue’s production capacity. Arranges all rentals, piano tunings, catering, ground transportation, hotel, etc.
  • Plans technical requirements for performances including sound, lighting, and other items as required. Arranges the procurement of backline and other technical equipment required for an event, as needed. Responsible for solving any production issues that may arise at any point in the show timeline.
  • Serves as onsite technical contact for event production needs. Oversees the load in of shows from artists and vendors.
  • Works with Technical Director in hiring/scheduling sound engineers and creating budgets for concert hall and equipment needs.Manages sound engineers.
  • Schedules rundowns and call times, requests artist payment checks, reviews post performance paperwork. Reports weekly box office results to artist reps.
  • Conducts operations for Square Roots Festival including permits & license procurement, acting as liaison to Chicago Park District, Mayor's Office of Special Events and related City Departments, Alderman's Office, and Chicago Police Department. Conducts site planning including field operations, security, and scheduling set up/break down of event.
  • Coordinates and communicates show information with OTSFM staff. Directs concert department staff (Production Manager and part time employees) on issues relating to show hospitality, check requests, etc.

Qualifications:

  • 5 or more years experience producing concerts and events in a high-profile facility presenting scheduled events on an ongoing basis, at least weekly. Additional experience producing festivals or other large-scale events is highly desirable.
  • Experience reading and interpreting artist riders and stage drawings and developing accurate production budgets. Working knowledge of technical aspects of concert production, including experience with audio systems and stage lighting.
  • Must have strong leadership and negotiation skills and a positive, approachable manner - open minded and willing to collaborate.
  • Must be able to plan ahead to avoid problems and be able to solve problems under pressure.
  • Must be detail oriented and have excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to independently complete projects on time.
  • Excellent written, electronic, and verbal communication ability required.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for a wide variety of musical genres required.
  • Must be licensed and insured to operate a motor vehicle in the United States.
  • Sound engineer skills and experience desirable.
  • Must be able to work long hours, late nights, and weekends.

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


Deputy Director

Full-time

The Old Town School is conducting a search for a Deputy Director through Koya Leadership Partners, an executive-level search firm. For more information about this position and to express interest go to https://koyapartners.com/search/deputy-director-2/.

Please direct all inquiries to Koya Partners.


Accordion Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Accordion Instructor to teach beginning to advanced level piano accordion group classes and private lessons.

Requirements:

  • Three years music teaching experience.
  • Ability to commit to pre-scheduled weekly classes.
  • Ability to work autonomously and communicate clearly with students and staff.
  • Professional performance experience.
  • Must be fluent in both popular and traditional music in multiple genres.
  • Ability to teach button accordion or other instruments a plus.

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


Comics Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time comics instructor to join our visual art team. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching comics classes to children, teens, and adults. Comics teachers are responsible for development of their own class content, class preparation, classroom clean up, assistance with supply orders, and attendance at department meetings.

Applicants must be available to teach 4-6 hours per week, including weekends, and must be able to commit to an 8-week teaching session. Teaching days and times are varied, but will include Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon teaching commitments.

Requirements:

  • At least two years experience teaching children and adults.
  • Bachelor's degree in studio/visual art.
  • Firm grasp of comics history, application, and technique.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students and parents.
  • Organization, patience, and creativity.
  • A deep commitment to comics, visual art, children, and education.

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


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