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.

Program Manager: School Partnerships

Full-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a dedicated arts professional to develop and manage educational partnerships outside the School’s regular offerings, primarily in the Chicago Public Schools. Reporting to our Deputy Director, the manager’s portfolio will include artist-in-residence, fee-for-service, and field trip programs. Programs incorporate relevant arts learning standards, institution-specific requirements, and best practices for serving diverse school-based student populations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manages relationships with partner schools, including school administration and partner-school teachers.
  • Hires and trains teaching artists.
  • Coordinates school schedules with partner-school teachers and teaching artists.
  • Works with partner-school teachers to develop curricula that incorporate learning standards.
  • Attends classroom sessions throughout the year to support best practices and observation.
  • Contributes to and maintains program budgets. Works with schools to assess funding and to help process billing and invoices.
  • Implements comprehensive program evaluation, including distribution and analysis of assessment rubrics from teaching artists, partner-school teachers, and students.
  • Contributes to grant proposals and reports, including narrative content, evaluation results, and budget reports.
  • Generates content for marketing and support material, including annual brochure/catalog of residency options and other materials as needed.

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience managing teaching and educational programs is required.
  • Familiarity with Chicago Public Schools arts programming and administration is highly preferred.
  • Degree in Arts/Education preferred.
  • Must be highly organized with excellent communication, leadership, and presentation skills.
  • Must be able to visit off-site locations.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish helpful.

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

Early Childhood Piano Teacher

Part-time

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. Training is scheduled to begin in February, with Saturday classes beginning the first weekend in March. Classes are for 3 and 4 year olds with a 6:1 student/teacher ratio.

Qualifications:

  • 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

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.