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Employment Opportunities

Email to: hiring@oldtownschool.org
Please, no phone calls.

Adult and Children's Dance Instructor (PT)

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

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Dance or related area preferred.
  • Two years of experience teaching beginning through advanced multidisciplinary dance forms 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 dance forms such as musical theatre, modern, ballet, jazz, tap 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 send a 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance or Music Education preferred.
  • Minimum of two years of teaching experience with young children in a classroom setting preferred.
  • Must play guitar and be a strong singer.
  • Must be creative, passionate about music, and be able to enthusiastically lead grownups with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in musical learning.
  • Experience working with infants, babies, and toddlers preferred.
  • Proficiency on another instrument preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • Ability to teach online (OTS will provide a Zoom account) and in person.

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

    Qualified candidates will be invited to audition. If interested and qualified, please email resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

  • 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Music Education or Performance 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
  • Ability to teach in person and online (OTS will provide a Zoom account where appropriate)

    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.

  • Fiddle/Violin Instructors (PT)

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

    Skills/Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree (Music Education or Performance preferred)
  • Minimum two years of teaching experience preferred
  • Experience teaching private fiddle/violin lessons preferred
  • High level of musicianship and personal responsibility
  • Ability to teach beginning through advanced levels required
  • Afternoon, evening, and weekend availability is required
  • Ability to teach young children through adults
  • Candidate with a knowledge of diverse fiddle/violin 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 a 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree in 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
  • Ability to teach in person and online (OTS will provide a Zoom account where appropriate)
  • 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.

  • Maintenance Worker/Custodian (PT)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks reliable part-time and full-time maintenance workers/custodians to maintain our buildings and facilities.

    Key Duties:

  • Cleaning and sanitizing classrooms, common areas, restrooms and other areas in accordance with OTS protocols.
  • Mopping, dusting and sweeping.
  • Emptying trash and moving to outside dumpsters.
  • 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 work on outside maintenance, shoveling snow, spreading salt, etc.
  • May perform minor repairs to facilities and equipment.
  • 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.

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

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

  • Customer Service Associate (PT)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking friendly and detailed part-time Customer Service
    Associates for Lincoln Square and Armitage locations. Must be available to work evening and weekend hours.

    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. Bilingual Spanish skills are highly desired. 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.). An interest in art, dance, theatre, and education is helpful.

    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.

    Artist in Residence (PT)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking part-time Artists in Residence for its School Partnerships programs.

    Schedule:
    Typically 2-3 days per week at various CPS Schools

    Summary:
    The School Partnerships Teaching Artist develops and delivers music and/or dance programming to K-2 / 3-8th grade students primarily in CPS classrooms.

    We are currently looking for instructors specializing in:

  • Latin Percussion
  • General Music / singing for grades K-2

    Duties:

  • Designs and implements a sequenced and developmentally appropriate curriculum to meet the goals and desired outcomes of the program in coordination with the School Partnerships Manager.
  • Builds relationships with students, classroom teachers, and school administration
  • Works with the School Partnerships Program Manager to communicate the vision and impact of the program for funding purposes.
  • Maintains a collaborative relationship with CPS school and curriculum coordinators.
  • Prepares students for end-of-session performance.

    Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • Successful candidates must be motivated, collaborative and committed to youth
  • Background and in playing and teaching on a specific instrument
  • At least one year of experience teaching in a large classroom setting
  • Can easily work in history and social context into instrument instruction
  • Working knowledge of Spanish/English required. Fluency in Spanish highly preferred.
  • Experience with administrative/organizational tasks including scheduling, tracking activities and reporting is helpful.

    To be considered for this role, please send a 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.