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.

Finance Director

Full-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a Finance Director to lead the fiscal functions of the organization in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This position is responsible for accounting, budget, cash management, investments, bank reconciliation, investments, audits, financial statements and capital projects.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises and reviews all accounting functions.
  • Supervision and development of accounting staff.
  • Establishes and maintains accounting policies and procedures, cash controls.
  • Performs treasury functions, including cash forecasting, and cash, investment and capital structure management.
  • Creates and delivers financial presentations to Senior Staff, Finance & Audit Committee, Full Board of Directors, and CEO.
  • Maintains, analyzes, continuously enhances, and reports on a statement of key financial ratios, metrics, and percentages that provide management with insight into important business activities and changes.
  • Works with the CEO, and Senior Team to oversee development of the annual operating budget and 3-year forecast.
  • Prepares accounts for annual audit and 990 tax return.
  • Check sign and review AP expense booking. Monitors annual independent contractor tax filings.
  • Serves as backup for Accounts Payable process and payroll processing. Maintains payroll labor codes and salary distribution hierarchy.
  • Collaborates with fundraising and program staff on grant budgeting and financial reporting.
  • Supervises bookkeeping for Square Roots Festival.

Qualifications

  • At least seven years financial leadership experience, preferably in a nonprofit arts organization.
  • A forward-thinking individual with past success managing projects and improving processes.
  • High ethical standards and sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus.
  • Must have expertise in Blackbaud Financial Edge, ADP, and Filemaker Pro or similar financial, payroll, and database systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or Accounting, Masters degree (MA or MBA) preferred, or equivalent combination of experience and/or training; CPA desirable.

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

Program Manager: Wiggleworms

Full-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a dynamic leader for Wiggleworms programs for children and families, including our campuses and satellite locations. The Program Manager will ensure that programs are healthy and evolving and work closely with the Director of Education to establish, implement, and monitor the success of programs. This includes establishing and achieving goals for new student enrollment and student retention, establishing and monitoring curriculum, ensuring quality faculty, coaching and managing faculty to success, and monitoring student satisfaction.

Examples of Duties:

  • Works with Marketing team, faculty, and students to ensure programs meet enrollment objectives, attracting new students and retaining existing students.
  • Hires, trains, schedules, and supervises faculty - 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.
  • Works with faculty to build a 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.
  • Develops and plans new class and workshop initiatives.
  • Manages customer service requests, comments, and complaints from students. Counsels student families on classes and appropriate levels of study.
  • Maintenance of assigned programs in the Filemaker system, including scheduling rooms for classes, workshops, recitals, and showcases. Manages computer program entries for scheduling, describing, cancelling, and changing offerings.
  • Schedules, coordinates, and emcees program performances including: room reservations, lighting and sound technician, and volunteers.
  • Monitors maintenance and equipping of classrooms. Assesses equipment, books, music, props, and materials and researches necessary purchases.
  • Makes recommendations for supporting materials to the school store and Resource Center.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Music Education or Early Childhood Education required, with two or more years experience teaching music to young children and families.
  • At least two years experience arts administration/management required and experience supervising teachers desired.
  • Must be able to lead a program successfully in a highly-collaborative environment.
  • Must be proficient on guitar.
  • 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 PC skills, ideally with Filemaker experience.

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

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.

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 Wednesday 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 submit a resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Instructor, Teen Arts Camp

Part-time: July 8 - August 2, 2019 (Session 2 or 3, two weeks each session)

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks teachers for Teen Arts Camp 2019. Responsibilities include creating an engaging curriculum to introduce students ages 12-15 to a specific music, theater, writing, or media based genre. Each class will examine the process of the medium with students and engage students in a hands on learning process. The class will culminate in the production of an original, student driven piece, to be presented at the final showcase.

Qualifications

  • Must have at least 3 years of experience working with children ages 12-15.
  • Must have a strong background and/or degree in one’s artistic field.
  • Must have a great deal of energy, patience, enthusiasm and creativity.
  • Must be extremely comfortable teaching and managing teens.
  • Must be organized and have a strong dedication to one’s work community.
  • A serious commitment to working with teens is absolutely essential.

If interested and qualified, please submit a resume and cover letter, along with a one-page class proposal, which includes a brief class description, class goals, and teaching philosophy to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Camp Counselor for Arts Camp 2019: 4-6 year olds

Part-time: June 17 - August 2, 2019

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks two camp counselors for Summer Camp 2019 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 9:00 AM – 12:00 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. Camp Counselors will report to the Camp Leader.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants for the counselor position must have at least 2 years experience working with children ages 4-6. (For example, in a camp setting, in a school, as a caregiver/babysitter/au pair, in children’s theater, etc.)
  • A background in the arts is critical, and the ideal candidate will work well within a team, and individually. The ideal candidate will be able to take direction from their camp leader, but must also be comfortable leading their group in non-classroom activities.
  • Applicants must have completed at least two years of an undergraduate arts or arts education program.
  • They must: be enthusiastic, be energetic, have excellent communication skills, and be creative problem solvers.
  • 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 email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Due Date: March 1, 2019

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early March of 2019. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.

Arts Mentor for Teen Arts Camp 2019

Part-time: June 17 - August 2, 2019

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks one Arts Mentor 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 Coordinator 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 12-15 year olds in activities, such as those at a camp or school, including communicating with student’s 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 arts education, and should be extremely comfortable managing teens.
  • Organization, leadership, and a dedication to one’s work community are all necessary.
  • A serious commitment to and passion for working with teens is absolutely essential.

If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Due Date: March 1, 2019

Please also note: the review of summer camp resumes and applications will begin in early March of 2019. Please do not expect a reply before that time. Please, no phone calls.

4-6 Camp Leader for Summer Arts Camp

Part-time: June 17 - August 2, 2019

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a Camp Leader for 4-6 year olds at our 4544 N. Lincoln location. The Camp Leader will be responsible for guiding the campers, counselors, and teachers through the 9 AM – 12:00 PM camp day, Monday through Friday, for six weeks. The Camp Leader oversees day-to-day activities, leading the entire group in transitions, and is point person for counselors and teachers and a liaison for parents. The Camp Leader oversees arrival and departure of campers, ensures safety of the group, leads meetings and song circles, communicates with the team and camp families, and will help create and organize the end-of-camp performance showcases. The Camp Leader reports to the Camp Coordinator.

Qualifications:

  • At least two years experience leading 4-6 year old children in activities, such as those at a camp, daycare, or school, including working and communicating with 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 skills.
  • Experience supervising teachers and staff strongly preferred.
  • A background in music and an ability to play an instrument (preferably guitar) is required, as is the ability to lead the group in a song circle.
  • Applicants must be comfortable supervising, teaching, and managing children and adults.
  • Organization, leadership, and a dedication to one’s work community are all necessary.
  • A serious commitment to and passion for working with children is absolutely essential.

Applications are now being accepted. If interested and qualified, please email resume and cover letter to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Irish Dance Instructor

Part-time

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time Irish Dance instructor to deliver beginner to advanced level Irish dance classes for adults.

Qualifications:

  • Three years adult group Irish Dance teaching experience.
  • Prefer certification in Irish Dance.
  • Ability to commit to pre-scheduled weekly classes for 8-week period.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with students.
  • Professional or competitive performing experience in Irish dance.

If interested and qualified, please email cover letter and resume along with artist samples 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 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 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.