Employment Opportunities

Program Manager – Children's Music

Position Summary:
The Program Manager – Children's Music oversees the quality and implementation of the comprehensive curricula in the categories of drumming, fiddle, ensembles, guitar, piano, ukulele, and voice for children ages 2-12 and the coordination of summer camp programs at all Old Town School campuses and in satellite locations where required.

This includes establishing and achieving goals for new student enrollment and student
retention, establishing and monitoring curriculum, ensuring quality faculty and staff, coaching
and managing faculty and staff to success, and monitoring student satisfaction.

Qualifications:


  • Bachelor's degree in Music Education or Early Childhood Education or equivalent experience
    required, along with two or more years of experience teaching music to young children.
    Proficiency on one or more of the instruments supervised strongly preferred. Two or more
    years of program management experience strongly preferred. Experience with supervising
    teachers and camp programming preferred.

  • Must be able to lead successfully in a highly collaborative environment.

  • Must be an effective communicator in verbal, electronic, and written forms, and have
    experience working with diverse groups.

  • Must be computer capable including Mac and/or PC skills. Familiarity with Google Suite and
    Filemaker Pro helpful.

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

  • Must be available to work flexible hours including night and weekend hours. May travel to
    other local facilities or satellite locations. Program Management team is currently working
    remotely due to COVID-19 concerns but will be returning to in person work at a later date.

Summary of Duties:


  • Works with internal teams (Education, Marketing, and Customer Service), faculty and students
    to drive program enrollment objectives. Develops innovative programs to attract new students
    and retain existing students.

  • Establishes and monitors curriculum goals and objectives (classes, summer camp, and special
    events for children and families) for assigned program areas.

  • Works with faculty to build a robust class catalog that aligns with student interests and needs,
    offers an appropriate number of classes in core and specialty subjects, and minimizes class
    cancellations due to low enrollment.
  • Works with faculty to develop classes and activities that maximize student learning and provide
    a consistently positive Old Town School community experience.

  • Hires, trains, schedules, and supervises faculty and staff for assigned program areas including
    development of new class and workshop initiatives. Plans and facilitates faculty and staff
    training and meetings for assigned program areas. Enters teacher and accompanist
    substitutions and special events into payroll log.

  • Evaluates faculty and staff performance on an ongoing basis. Develops faculty and staff
    professionally, and acts as a liaison between faculty and Old Town School of Folk Music leadership.

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

Remote Learning Curriculum Creator (Temporary Contract Work)

Occupational Summary: Creates Remote Lesson Plans, Unit Plans, and Introductory Videos for School-aged curriculum.

Project summary:
These unit plans will be used to begin a new remote learning option for schools and students around greater Illinois. Our goals are to connect with curriculum that is already taking place in Elementary schools (K-8), and supplement with music and music history learning. For these remote learning options, videos and curriculum will be provided to partner schools, along with an instructor who will be a coach and a special guest in the classroom (and paid for that time). There may be opportunities to expand on these initial offerings, scaffolding additional music learning, and setting up additional unit plans for other instruments or continuation of beginner plans.

Note: This is a temporary non-union administrative role for the purpose of creating Old Town School-owned curriculum.

Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience teaching and creating curriculum for one of the subjects below preferred:

    • Great Migration // Blues

    • Hawaii // Ukulele

    • Hip hop: from the Caribbean to the Bronx // Percussion

  • Familiarity with Illinois State Arts and Learning Standards; experience from youth instruction in IL

  • Able to communicate effectively in oral and written form

  • Independent and detail-oriented

  • Proficient with Google platform, data entry, internet, and email

  • Has experience teaching youth grades K-8 remotely

  • Has experience creating video content

Examples of Duties:

  • Create 8-week virtual curriculum for specified content area, including overall unit plan, lesson plans, materials, and connect to state and national standards

  • Create 2 intro videos for specified content area

Anticipated Time to Complete Work:

  • 5 hours per week: research, writing and prep work, for 4 weeks (Jan-Feb)

  • 8 hours total to create the video content (March-April)

  • Meetings with Program Manager as needed

Pay information:
Paid on a contract basis upon final completion of project

Physical Requirements: This work involves the following physical activities: typing, phone and video calls, feeling, talking, visual and hearing acuity. The work is performed indoors.

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

Wiggleworms® Instructor – Lincoln Square & Lincoln Park

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 will provide a Zoom account) and in person.

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

Children's Guitar Teacher – Lincoln Square & Lincoln Park

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks guitar teachers for children's group classes.

Qualifications:


  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Music Education or Music 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

  • Candidate with a knowledge of diverse guitar repertoire preferred

  • Ability to teach online (Old Town School will provide a Zoom account) and in person

For consideration, please send resume to email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Pilates Instructor - Lincoln Square

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Pilates Instructor for adult group classes.

Qualifications:


  • Pilates certification required.

  • Minimum two years of teaching experience in Pilates or other movement classes preferred.

  • Ability to motivate participants while paying particular attention to explaining proper technique and demonstrating exercises.

  • Ability to teach beginning through advanced levels and to modify exercises required.

  • Ability to teach other movement classes helpful.

  • Ability to teach online (Old Town School will provide a Zoom account) and in person.

  • Must be available to teach on Saturday afternoons in the spring and summer of 2021.

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

Piano Teacher – Lincoln Park & Lincoln Square

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

Qualifications:


  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree (Music Education or Performance preferred)

  • Minimum two years of teaching experience preferred

  • Experience teaching private piano lessons and classes preferred

  • High level of musicianship and personal responsibility

  • Ability to teach beginning through advanced levels required

  • Ability to teach young children through adults preferred

  • Candidate with a knowledge of diverse piano repertoire preferred

  • Multi-instrumentalist a plus

  • Ability to teach online (Old Town School will provide a Zoom account) and in person

  • Must be able to teach on weekends

For consideration, please send resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Facilities Maintenance Manager

The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking an experienced Facilities Maintenance Manager for our team. The Facilities Maintenance Manager will plan, manage and coordinate maintenance and janitorial operations, repairs, and improvements of all buildings and facilities.

Qualifications: Able to address a wide array of physical and mechanical tasks and repairs. Able to identify risks and minimize the need for repairs through preventative steps. Five years of building maintenance management experience required, including supervision of maintenance and janitorial staff. Must be able and willing to work any hours (i.e. on call, emergency situations, nights, weekends), as needed. Previous management experience strongly preferred. Solid computer and communication skills required. Must be able to drive to various locations (valid driver's license and insurance). Experience with different generations of building systems preferred. Bilingual Spanish helpful.

Summary of Duties:

  • Hires, schedules, and supervises maintenance and custodial staff.

  • Maintains inventory and orders supplies.

  • Finds and manages the work of outside vendors and contractors as needed.

  • Provides input regarding policy, planning, and improvements.

  • Performs repairs to facilities and equipment. Troubleshoots issues as they arise.

  • Maintains facilities and equipment.

  • Ensures a clean and safe physical environment throughout all facilities.

  • Complies with OSHA standards, building codes and other regulations.

  • Provides regular updates to Director.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements: This work is physically demanding, requiring the following physical activities: reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, lifting objects up to 50 pounds regularly and occasionally up to 100lbs., standing, walking, climbing, grasping, feeling, and visual acuity. This work is performed approximately 90% indoors and 10% outdoors. It will occasionally require climbing ladders and working on rooftops. This work can include exposure to weather conditions and strong smells such as paint and thinners.

To be considered for this position, please send your 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, in the tent, and other locations as appropriate. They will serve as an ambassador and advocate for the School.

Locations: Lincoln Square (may expand to 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.

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.

  • Experience working with children preferred.

  • 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. Site Managers will be impacted by weather conditions if working in the tent (seasonal location outdoors).

To be considered for this role, please send your 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.