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Arts and Community Wellness Program Coordinator

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an Arts and Community Wellness Program Coordinator to be the key point person on location for our programs on the South and West sides of Chicago. Our Arts and Community Wellness Initiative seeks to convene key Chicago neighborhood stakeholders in developing a trauma-informed pedagogy that addresses social change, violence reduction, community development, and youth leadership through the arts.

This full-time position is part of a grant-funded pilot program and is temporary, lasting from the time of hire through December, 2017.

The Coordinator will maintain long-term community partnerships, documentation protocols and materials, and teaching artist professional development programs. This position will work closely with teaching artists and with community and civic leaders as we develop the program.

Responsibilities include:

  • With Program Manager, administers individual budgets for assigned programs, including payroll.
  • Maintains a thorough understanding of the mission of the Arts and Wellness Programs.
  • Leads relationships with assigned partner community programs, including administration and participating teachers.
  • Attends and/or facilitates select planning meetings at community partners.
  • Contributes to the ongoing training and management of teaching artists.
  • Works with teaching artist and community partners to plan unique culminating events, attending and presenting at each event if possible.
  • Distributes, processes, and analyzes assessment rubrics of teaching artists, community, and students.
  • Organizes, distributes and maintains inventory of instruments and support materials.
  • Coordinates documentation of select residencies through photography and videography.
  • Coordinates Summer Institute with the Engagement Manager.
  • Participates in relevant engagement department events and workshops, as well as other professional development opportunities as assigned.
  • Works with Director of Engagement and Innovation to complete special projects as needed.


  • Must be able to multi-task and work independently.
  • Youth arts teaching experience is desired but not required, and some management or supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Must be available during summer and fall sessions of 2017.
  • Conference coordination skills desired.
  • Must have excellent administrative, computer, communication skills, initiative and confidence in problem solving.
  • Must be deeply familiar with the South Side and have a working knowledge of the West Side of Chicago.
  • Must be able to travel in order to visit various Chicago locations during the workday.

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

Ensemble Instructor for Teen Arts Camp 2017

Part-time, June 26, 2017 through July 7, 2017

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an ensemble instructor for Teen Arts Camp 2017 at our 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue campus. Responsibilities include creating a curriculum to introduce students ages 12-15 to a condensed overview of musical ensemble styles from around the world, teaching students about the roles within various types of ensembles, and instructing students on how to structure their own ensembles. The class will focus on the process of ensemble development, songwriting, arranging, and instrumentation, all while exploring a variety of exercises, techniques, and skills within an engaging and hands-on learning environment.

The students of this music-based ensemble class will also participate in a theater-based ensemble class. The instructors of the two ensemble classes will collaborate and assist the students in the creation of one or more original, student-driven pieces to be presented at the camp showcase at the end of the camp session.


  • Professional work experience in music required, related degree preferred.
  • At least 3 years experience directing or coaching teens in a performing ensemble.
  • A strong background and personal practice in ensemble work and music education.
  • The ability to arrange songs for a variety of instrumentation and skill levels.
  • Proficiency in at least three instruments is required; familiarity with a wide range of instruments is highly desirable.
  • Must be comfortable as a vocal coach, band leader, manager, and arranger.
  • Experience in an additional performance-related discipline, such as spoken word, musical theater, hip hop arts, slam poetry, or creative writing.
  • A great deal of energy, patience, and creativity.
  • Must be organized and have a strong dedication to one’s work community.
  • A serious commitment to working with teens is absolutely essential.

If interested and qualified, please submit a resume and cover letter, along with a one-page class proposal, which includes a brief class description, class goals, and teaching philosophy, to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Due Date: May 15, 2017

Teen Intern for Summer Camp 2017

Unpaid Internship, June 27-July 21 OR July 24-August 18, 2017

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks 16-18 year old interns for Summer Camp 2017 at our 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue location. Interns will attend CPR & First Aid training (if they are in need of certification at the time of hire) and a day-long general camp training on or around June 21, and will then work as an intern for a 4-week session, M-F, 8:30 am-1:00 pm or 8:30 am-3:00 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: June 1, 2017

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in mid May 2017. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.

Contemporary/Modern Dance Instructor


The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Contemporary/Modern Dance instructor to deliver beginner and intermediate level classes to adults, with potential for adding advanced/professional classes in the future. Instructor will provide music and support materials as needed.


  • Three years adult group Contemporary or Modern Dance teaching experience
  • Bachelor's degree in dance; Master's degree preferred
  • Ability to commit to pre-scheduled weekly classes for 8-week period
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students
  • Professional performing experience in dance

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

Children’s Dance Instructor


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.


  • 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


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