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Program Manager: Dance, Theater & Visual Arts

Full-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a Program Manager to work with our Director of Education to maintain comprehensive programs in dance, theater, and visual arts. These programs are for adults, teens, and children at both Old Town School campuses. Position will also work with Arts Camp Coordinator to administer summer arts camps for children 4-12 years old.

Duties will include:

  • Hires, trains, schedules, supervises, and evaluates faculty for dance and movement, theater, and visual arts classes including development of new class and workshop initiatives.
  • Plans and facilitates faculty training and meetings.
  • Enters teacher and accompanist substitutions and special events into payroll.
  • Oversees the hiring and training of summer camp staff and teaching artists collaboratively with the Arts Camp Coordinator.
  • Manages and monitors curriculum (classes, workshops, and special events for adults, teens and children) for dance and movement, theater, and visual arts.
  • Manages customer service requests, comments, and complaints from students and parents of students. Counsels adult students and parents on classes and appropriate levels of study.
  • Maintenance of dance, theater, and visual arts programs in the Filemaker system to include:
    • Scheduling rooms for classes, workshops, recitals and showcases.
    • Managing computer program entries for scheduling, describing, canceling, and changing offerings.
  • Schedules, coordinates, and emcees dance program performances including: room reservations, lighting and sound technician, volunteers, and booking studio space for rehearsals.
  • Monitors maintenance and equipping of dance and visual arts studios. Assesses equipment, books, music, props, and materials and researches necessary purchases. Makes recommendations for supporting materials to the school store and Resource Center.
  • Works collaboratively with the marketing and customer service departments to develop new methods of promoting programs and initiatives for dance, theater, and visual arts.
  • Promotes the School’s dance and movement programming in the dance and arts communities. Monitors the Dance and Movement social media page.
  • Acts as spokesperson for the School at its dance-related special events, appearances, and publicity. Builds and maintains relationships with outside organizations for dance-related projects including attendance at citywide dance events and convenings.

Qualifications:

  • Expertise in the language and practice of dance and theater required.
  • Preference given to those with additional experience in visual arts and/or summer camps.
  • At least two years prior experience leading similar dance and theater programs is highly desired, especially demonstrated success improving and growing such programs.
  • Must be computer capable including Mac and/or PC skills, ideally with Filemaker experience.
  • Must be an effective communicator in verbal, electronic, and written forms, and have experience working with diverse groups.

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


Arts Camp Coordinator

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an Arts Camp Coordinator to administer summer arts, dance, and fiddle camps for children and teens at our Lincoln Square campus. This position works closely with our Dance and Teen Program Managers and requires a limited time commitment year round, mainly for preparation, with a greater 40-hour per week obligation during the eight weeks that camps are running (roughly mid-June to mid-August.)

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Maintenance of camp programs in the Filemaker system to include:
    • Schedules rooms for camp classes and showcases.
    • Manages computer program entries for scheduling, describing, canceling, and changing camp offerings.
  • Works collaboratively with the Program Managers for Dance and Teens to design the themes and programming for the summer arts camps.
  • Works collaboratively with the Program Managers for Dance and Teens to hire and train the summer camp staff. Supervises camp teachers, leaders, and counselors.
  • Schedules, coordinates, and emcees camp program performances including: room reservations, lighting and sound technician, volunteers, booking classroom space for rehearsals.
  • Assesses camp equipment, supplies, and materials and researches necessary purchases in consultation with the Director of Education.
  • Works collaboratively with the marketing, customer service, and IT departments to promote camp programs. Manages registration for all summer arts camps including maintenance of waitlists, enrollment materials, and collection of fees.
  • Researches and recommends new camps, intensives, and workshops to expand the current slate of offerings.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years prior experience leading similar camp programs is highly desired.
  • Must be experienced working with children, teens, and parents.
  • Expertise in the language and practice of music and dance required.
  • Must be computer capable including Mac and/or PC skills, ideally with Filemaker experience.
  • Must be an effective communicator in verbal, electronic, and written forms, and have experience working with diverse groups.

If interested and qualified, please submit a 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.


Voice and Piano Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Voice and Piano instructor to teach weekly private lessons on fundamental technique, repertoire, and song performance. We need someone available to teach Saturdays and/or Sundays and possibly some weekdays at our Lincoln Park location.

Qualifications:

  • Strong candidates will have the ability to place songs into the cultural context of the students, working in a variety of styles.
  • Teaching experience and commitment to an 8-week period required.
  • Formal training in voice or voice pedagogy and familiarity with the Old Town School desired.
  • Must be able to work with our existing program and with other teachers.

In your cover letter please be sure to tell us what specific genres you have experience with and any other instruments you may teach. Also, please describe the days and times you are available.

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


Camp Counselor for Arts Camp 2018: 7-11 year olds

Part-time, June 20 - August 3, 2018

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks camp counselors for Summer Camp 2018 at our 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue location. Counselors will attend three days of training and will then be responsible for guiding their campers through the 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM camp day, Monday through Friday, for six weeks. This requires managing their group at all times, participating in music/dance/theater/visual art classes, and leading outdoor activities.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants for the counselor position must have at least 2 years experience working with children ages 7-11.
  • A background in the arts is critical, and the ideal candidate will work well within a team, and individually.
  • Applicants must have completed at least two years of an undergraduate arts or education program and should have a great deal of energy, patience, and creativity.
  • The ideal candidate will be extremely comfortable supervising, teaching, and managing children.
  • Organization, leadership, and a dedication to one’s work community are all essential.

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

Due Date: March 1, 2018

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early March of 2018. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.


Camp Counselor for Arts Camp 2018: 4-6 year olds

Part-time, June 20 - August 3, 2018

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks camp counselors for Summer Camp 2018 at our 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue location. Counselors will attend three days of training and will then be responsible for guiding their campers through the 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM camp day, Monday through Friday, for six weeks. This requires managing their group at all times, participating in music/dance/theater/visual art classes, and helping lead arts-based activities.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants for the counselor position must have at least 2 years experience working with children ages 4-6.
  • A background in the arts is critical, and the ideal candidate will work well within a team, and individually.
  • Applicants must have completed at least two years of an undergraduate arts or education program and should have a great deal of energy, patience, and creativity.
  • The ideal candidate will be extremely comfortable supervising, teaching, and managing children.
  • Organization, leadership, and a dedication to one’s work community are all essential.

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

Due Date: March 1, 2018

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early March of 2018. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.


Arts Mentor for Teen Arts Camp 2018

Part-time, June 20 - August 3, 2018

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks two Arts Mentors for Teen Arts Camp at our 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue location. The Arts Mentors will attend three days of training and will then be responsible for helping guide the campers through the 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM camp day, Monday through Friday, for six weeks. Under supervision of the Camp Manager and Camp Leader, the Arts Mentors help lead and oversee day-to-day activities, lead the entire group in transitions, and act as both a point person for teachers and as a liaison for parents. The Arts Mentors help oversee arrival and departure of campers, aid in ensuring safety of the group, collaborate on a variety of arts-based projects with Camp Leader and campers, communicate with the teaching team and the camp families, and help organize the three end-of-camp performance showcases.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years experience leading 12-16 year olds in activities, such as those at a camp or school, including communicating with their parents.
  • Must be able to remain calm under pressure and be able to solve problems as they arise.
  • Must be enthusiastic, energetic, and have excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • A background in the arts is essential.
  • Proficiency with technology, especially with iPads, iMovie editing, and Google Drive, are required.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in arts or education, and should be comfortable managing teens.
  • Organization, leadership, and a dedication to one’s work community are all necessary.
  • A serious commitment to working with teens is absolutely essential.

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

Due Date: March 1, 2018

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early March of 2018. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.


Bilingual Customer Service Associate

Part-time

We seek a part-time Customer Service Associate. Responsibilities include registering students, selling tickets to shows, answering phone calls, and providing information to visitors. Must be flexible and we are especially interested in someone who can work Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday afternoon/evening hours.

Applicants must be friendly, articulate, detail-oriented, and willing to pitch in where needed. 3 years customer service experience and computer skills are required. Must be able to play at least one instrument at an intermediate level. Bilingual Spanish skills highly desired. An interest in art, dance, theatre, and education is helpful.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.


Teen Camp Leader

Part-time, Mon - Fri, June 2018 - August 2018. Approximately 20-30 additional pre-camp planning hours will be required from January-May, 2018.

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Camp Leader, who will manage all day-to-day camp activities for Teen Arts Camp, lead the group in transitions, curate and manage the end-of-session showcases, and serve as a point person, mentor, and advocate for counselors, teachers, campers, and their parents.

Qualifications:

  • At least three years of experience teaching and leading teens in arts-based education.
  • At least three years of experience in arts administration or creative youth development.
  • Must be able to remain calm under pressure, solve problems as they arise, and be able to model professional behavior at all times.
  • Must take a leadership role in problem solving and ensuring the safety of all students.
  • Must be enthusiastic, energetic, and have excellent communication skills.
  • Must be extremely dedicated to team building and community engagement through the arts.
  • Experience supervising teachers and staff is required.
  • Bachelors degree in Education or an artistic discipline, or equivalent experience preferred.
  • A background of personal practice in the arts (e.g. music, spoken word, writing, filmmaking, dance, visual arts, theater) is essential.

The Teen Camp Leader may also have opportunities to manage, plan, and prepare for other Old Town School teen-focused activities and events, such as Teen Open Mic and Teen Advisory Council.

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


Deputy Director

Full-time

The Old Town School is conducting a search for a Deputy Director through Koya Leadership Partners, an executive-level search firm. For more information about this position and to express interest go to https://koyapartners.com/search/deputy-director-2/.

Please direct all inquiries to Koya Partners.


Accordion Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Accordion Instructor to teach beginning to advanced level piano accordion group classes and private lessons.

Requirements:

  • Three years music teaching experience.
  • Ability to commit to pre-scheduled weekly classes.
  • Ability to work autonomously and communicate clearly with students and staff.
  • Professional performance experience.
  • Must be fluent in both popular and traditional music in multiple genres.
  • Ability to teach button accordion or other instruments a plus.

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