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Please, no phone calls.

Retail Associate

Part-time

The Old Town School Music Store seeks a part-time acoustic instrument gear-head with experience selling instruments, accessories, books, and other music-related items. This person must be able to restring guitars, answer technical customer questions, and be able to chat about various acoustic music styles all at the same time.

Must have 2 years retail experience, preferably at a music store, and must play multiple stringed instruments including guitar. Experience with AIMsi POS software is a plus, as are bilingual skills. A flexible schedule, including nights and weekends, is required.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview and audition. Please, no phone calls.


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.


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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.


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