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Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager

The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking a HR Manager with a strong generalist background, including significant recruiting and employee relations experience.

Key Duties

  • Develop recruiting and retention strategies with a focus on diversity recruiting efforts, find new recruitment sources, conduct community outreach and build candidate pipelines for organization to develop and retain high level talent
  • Work with stakeholders (HR, leadership team members, internal committees, etc.) to implement HR and DEI initiatives
  • Create and work to enhance DEI accountability through enhancing people practices (i.e Recruitment, etc.)
  • Build a positive brand image of working at OTSFM
  • Handle employee and labor relations issues
  • Conduct investigations as needed
  • Work on projects related to performance management, onboarding, benefits, compensation, engagement and other areas
  • Support implementation of new/revised practices, policies or procedures (including developing supports, tools)
  • Manage events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required
  • SHRM or HRCI certification preferred
  • Minimum of three years' of related experience (Human Resources, DEI, etc.) required
  • Minimum of two years' of recruiting experience. Experience with diversity recruiting is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of experience with employee relations and conducting investigations required
  • Ability to manage projects required
  • Labor relations experience strongly preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel occasionally to various OTSFM locations (local) and partner sites in Chicago where needed
  • Familiarity with ADP WorkforceNow or similar HR system is required
  • Experience working in a nonprofit is helpful
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and to visit other Old Town School locations in the Chicago area periodically
  • Demonstrated commitment to DEI required
  • Bilingual in Spanish helpful

    If interested and qualified, please apply through our Career Center.

  • Wiggleworms® Instructor (PT) - Pilsen

    The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a bilingual part-time teacher available on weekend mornings for its acclaimed early childhood music program, Wiggleworms® at our Pilsen branch location! Classes are for children newborn to five years old accompanied by an adult and are taught by a teacher who accompanies themselves on guitar and/or ukulele.


  • Bachelors degree in related area or equivalent experience required
  • Minimum of two years of teaching experience with young children in a classroom setting preferred
  • Must play guitar or ukulele 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 is preferred.
  • Proficiency on another instrument preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish is required

    Group class rate: $37/hour

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

    Qualified candidates will be invited to audition. To be considered for this role, please apply through our Career Center.

  • Audio Engineering Instructor (PT)

    Audio Engineering Instructor (PT)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking a part-time teacher in Lincoln Square to develop and teach a new program in audio engineering including electronic music production and home recording.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Music Performance, or Audio Engineering preferred
  • Minimum two years of teaching experience preferred
  • Experience teaching in a group setting preferred
  • High level of technical ability and personal responsibility
  • Ability to teach beginning through advanced levels preferred
  • Afternoon, evening, and weekend availability required
  • Ability to teach young children through adults required
  • Knowledge of Garage Band, Logic, Ableton, and ProTools preferred

    Teaching rate: $37/hour for group classes

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

    To be considered for this role, please apply through our Career Center.

  • 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.