Old Town School will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

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.

Cafe Staff Member


The Café at the Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time staff member for its Lincoln Square location. Cheerful, outgoing person needed to take orders, prepare food, and serve beverages. Counter service only.

Includes some daytime hours but mostly evenings during shows, evenings and weekends are required, approximately 15 – 20 hours per week. Food and alcohol service experience preferred and cash-handling experience required. Must be at least 21, must be reliable, friendly, and able to work alone or with little supervision. Bilingual Spanish is a plus. Sanitation certificate is also a plus. City of Chicago Managers Food Service License – Mandatory, Basset License preferred.

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

Director of Human Resources and Talent Development


The Director of Human Resources and Talent Development provides overall HR leadership and collaborates with the CEO, Senior Leadership team and staff to develop and implement HR initiatives focused on creating a culture of engagement, inclusion, and excellence.

The Director manages the day-to-day operations of the Human Resources office and the administration of human resources policies, procedures and programs. Key areas of responsibility include HR planning and strategy, job design and organizational structure, recruitment and selection, on-boarding, performance management, disciplinary actions and terminations, unemployment, employee relations, labor relations, compensation and benefits, compliance with applicable federal, state and local employment law, collective bargaining agreement compliance, policy and procedure development, staff development, retention, employee wellness, and off-boarding.


  • 7 to 10 years experience in Human Resources or related field, including direct experience with labor relations and Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. Direct supervisory experience required. Significant experience in a not-for-profit education or arts environment desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Management, Business Administration or related field (or equivalent work experience) required. Master’s degree desirable. Current HRCI Certified Senior Professional (SPHR) or SHRM Certified Senior Professional (SHRM-SCP) preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and computer skills. Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word, and in database applications such as Filemaker Pro. Knowledge of HRMS and HRIS. Experience with ADP Workforce Now or similar payroll solutions required.
  • Highly organized with effective leadership skills in a fast-paced, highly collaborative and fluid work environment. Proven track record of effective and efficient project management.
  • Must communicate effectively in oral and written formats. Must communicate complex or sensitive information in a clear manner and handle confidential information with discretion. Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Ability to navigate complex and challenging relationships and interactions among staff with tact and diplomacy, and guide others to do so.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assumes full responsibility for all human resources functions, programs, procedures, legal processes, records, data, and budgets, including providing up to date documentation of HR processes and policies. Coordinates all HR initiatives with Senior Management team.
  • Creates and implements an HR business plan annually in collaboration with the senior management team, including cost savings, budget and expense controls. Provides analysis as needed. Monitors and reports on progress quarterly or as needed.
  • With CEO and others as appropriate, develops strategies and implements changes to organizational structure.
  • Researches and analyzes job descriptions and compensation structures. Reviews, creates and updates job descriptions in collaboration with Senior Management team and Supervisors.
  • Keeps organization up to date and in compliance with appropriate governing agencies and federal, state and local regulations concerning employment. Maintains knowledge and understanding of current regulations, nonprofit employment and compensation trends, current best practices, new developments, and applicable laws.
  • Conducts recruitment and onboarding programs for all exempt and nonexempt positions including interns and temporary employees. Oversees talent management and retention programs.
  • Manages and maintains payroll system data as Security Master, including employee demographics, current status, positions, departments, voluntary deductions and pay rates. Updates garnishments, benefits, direct deposit data, tax withholding and employment verifications. Manages user profiles and security access for users. Trains new employees on time and attendance system. Provides reporting as needed.
  • Maintains personnel files and database; ensures collection of necessary employee documents and information. Maintains Human Resource Information System.
  • Manages, tracks and helps resolve conflicts between employees. Provides counsel and support to all managers and executives regarding personnel issues, including disciplinary actions, performance evaluations, performance improvement plans and termination. Conducts investigations including those for sexual harassment and discrimination.
  • Develops and manages performance review systems and processes, providing appropriate documentation, training, and instructions to all employees. Works with supervisors to plan appropriate training and professional development and manages progress.
  • Manages employee benefits including vendor and broker relations, communication of information to employees, and keeps enrollments, deductions and terminations up to date.
  • Develops and implements plans to promote the employee health and safety.
  • Consults with legal counsel as appropriate to address personnel and labor union matters.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

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

Finance Director


The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a Finance Director to lead the fiscal functions of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This position is responsible for accounting, budget, cash management, investments, bank reconciliation, audits, financial statements and capital projects.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises and reviews all accounting functions.
  • Supervision and development of accounting staff.
  • Establishes and maintains accounting policies and procedures, cash controls.
  • Performs treasury functions, including cash forecasting, and cash, investment and capital structure management.
  • Creates and delivers financial presentations to Senior Staff, Finance & Audit Committee, Full Board of Directors, and CEO.
  • Maintains, analyzes, continuously enhances, and reports on a statement of key financial ratios, metrics, and percentages that provide management with insight into important business activities and changes.
  • Works with the CEO, and Senior Team to oversee development of the annual operating budget and 3-year forecast.
  • Prepares accounts for annual audit and 990 tax return.
  • Check sign and review AP expense booking. Monitors annual independent contractor tax filings.
  • Serves as backup for Accounts Payable process and payroll processing. Maintains payroll labor codes and salary distribution hierarchy.
  • Collaborates with fundraising and program staff on grant budgeting and financial reporting.
  • Supervises bookkeeping for Square Roots Festival.


  • At least seven years financial leadership experience, preferably in a nonprofit arts organization.
  • A forward-thinking individual with past success managing projects and improving processes.
  • High ethical standards and sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus.
  • Must have expertise in Blackbaud Financial Edge, ADP, and Filemaker Pro or similar financial, payroll, and database systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Accounting, Masters degree (MA or MBA) preferred, or equivalent combination of experience and/or training; CPA desirable.

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

Wiggleworms Instructor, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Evanston, and Glencoe


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.

Bilingual Customer Service Associate


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 Wednesday 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 submit a resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Early Childhood Piano Teacher


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


  • Teachers must have experience, intuition, and enthusiasm for working with young children as well as exceptional skills communicating with parents.
  • Teachers must be creative, energetic, and capable of leading young children in developmentally appropriate music education based in singing games and experiential learning.
  • Must be a seasoned pianist and a tuneful vocal model with a background or degree in music.
  • Experience teaching children in an early childhood classroom setting is required.

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

Children’s Dance Instructor


The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks part-time Children’s Dance Instructors to join our 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.


  • 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 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.