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Employment Opportunities

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.

Program Coordinator – Arts & Community Wellness

The Old Town School of Folk Music is looking for a reliable and detailed Program Coordinator for its Music Moves programs and other Community Ventures programming.

Position summary: Program Coordinator – Arts & Community Wellness is the point person on location for our programs on the South and West sides of Chicago. This position works closely with partners and community stakeholders to develop and maintain the program requirements.

Key Duties:

  • Assists Program Manager with general administrative tasks, including reporting of teaching artist hours for payroll and administering program assessment tools.

  • Works with and maintains relationships with assigned partner community programs, including community-based staff and participating teachers.

  • Assists with culminating events, as needed.

  • Contributes to the ongoing training and management of teaching artists.

  • Organizes, distributes, and maintains inventory of instruments and support materials.

  • Coordinates planning and design of Summer Institute.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in related area or equivalent work experience.

  • Must be able to multitask and work independently.

  • Youth arts teaching experience is desired but not required, and some management or supervisory experience is preferred.

  • Must have excellent administrative, computer, communication skills, initiative and confidence in problem solving.

  • Experience with grant writing and management preferred.

  • Conference coordination skills desired.

  • Proficiency with Google Suite and social media required.

  • Deeply connected to South side communities and familiarity with the West side communities of Chicago.

  • Commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as ongoing personal growth in these areas.

  • Must be able to travel to visit various Chicago locations during the workday.

If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Program Manager – Guitar, Bass, Songwriting, Music Theory, and Ensembles

The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking a talented leader to manage, grow and develop its prominent guitar, bass, songwriting, music theory, and ensemble programs.

Summary
The Program Manager – Guitar, Bass, Songwriting, Music Theory, and Ensembles oversees the quality and implementation of the comprehensive curricula for our renowned adult programs at all Old Town School campuses and in satellite locations where required.

This includes establishing and achieving goals for new student enrollment and student retention, establishing and monitoring curriculum, ensuring quality faculty and staff, coaching and managing faculty and staff to success, and monitoring student satisfaction.

Key Duties


  • Works with internal teams (Education, Marketing, and Customer Service), faculty and students to drive program enrollment objectives. Develops innovative programs to attract new students and retain existing students.

  • Establishes and monitors curriculum goals and objectives (classes and workshops) for assigned program areas.

  • Works with faculty to build a robust 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.

  • Hires, trains, schedules, and supervises faculty and staff for assigned program areas including development of new class and workshop initiatives. Plans and facilitates faculty and staff training and meetings for assigned program areas. Enters teacher and accompanist substitutions and special events into payroll log.

  • Evaluates faculty and staff performance on an ongoing basis. Develops faculty and staff professionally, and acts as a liaison between faculty and Old Town School of Folk Music leadership.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Music Education or equivalent experience required, along with two or more years of experience teaching guitar to adults. Broad knowledge of bass guitar, songwriting, music theory, and mixed ensemble direction preferred. Two or more years of program management experience strongly preferred. Experience with supervising teachers preferred.


  • Must be able to lead successfully in a highly collaborative environment.

  • 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/or PC skills. Familiarity with Google Suite and Filemaker Pro helpful.

  • Must be committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as ongoing personal growth in these areas.

  • Must be available to work flexible hours including night and weekend hours. May travel to other local facilities or satellite locations.

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

Wiggleworms® Instructor – Lincoln Square & Lincoln Park

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a part-time teacher available on weekend and weekday mornings for its acclaimed early childhood music program, Wiggleworms®! Classes are for children newborn to 5 years old accompanied by an adult and are taught by one teacher who accompanies themselves on guitar.

Qualifications:


  • At least 3 years of experience teaching young children in a classroom setting.

  • Teachers must be creative, passionate about music, and be able to enthusiastically lead grownups with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in musical learning..

  • Must play guitar and be a strong singer..

  • Must have background in music and/or degree in music..

  • Experience working with infants, babies, and toddlers preferred. .

  • Proficiency on another instrument preferred..

  • Fluency in Spanish a plus..

  • Ability to teach online (OTS FM will provide a Zoom account) and in person .

  • For consideration, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Site Managers (Temporary Part-Time Role)

The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking Site Managers to oversee activities and ensure safe operations in Old Town School buildings and other locations as appropriate.They will serve as an ambassador and advocate for the School.

Locations: Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park and South Loop locations


Qualifications:


  • Experience managing events.

  • Experience with customer service and setting boundaries with participants.

  • Experience working with children preferred.

  • An understanding of COVID-19 safety protocols.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Able to think on one's feet and adapt to changing situations.

  • Ability to carry out emergency protocol in event of fire, inclement weather or other crises.

  • Access to a personal smartphone during shift.

Summary of Duties:


  • Ensure compliance with all Old Town School safety protocols including but not limited to social distancing and mask wearing (for age 2 and over). Address concerns directly as they arise. Report issues to Education team managers.

  • Manage program operations for the assigned shift.

  • Serve as a resource for teachers.

  • Ensure set up and break down of assigned location(s) as needed in accordance with Old Town School protocols, including signage.

  • Ensure participants (or parents) have completed the online self-attestation form and follow up with them as necessary.

  • Manage the check in process and direct participants to their locations.

  • Track attendance and monitor the number of participants and caregivers where appropriate.

  • Monitor amount of people using bathrooms and elevators.

  • Sanitize equipment for class.

  • Coordinate with program management, customer service, and maintenance staff as needed.

  • Oversee volunteer staff where appropriate.

  • Ensure rooms are cleaned where needed.

  • Secure property and open/close building as needed.

  • Complete assigned checklist.

Physical requirements:
The position requires the ability to see, hear, sit, stand, walk, reach, push, and pull. Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

To be considered for this role, please send your resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Maintenance Worker/Custodian

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks a reliable part-time maintenance worker/custodian to maintain our buildings and facilities.

Key Duties:


  • Cleaning and sanitizing classrooms, common areas, restrooms and other areas in accordance with Old Town School protocols.

  • Mopping, dusting and sweeping.

  • Emptying trash and moving to outside dumpsters.

  • Cleaning and sanitizing restrooms.

  • Returning equipment, supplies, and furniture to appropriate locations prior to the start of the business day.

  • Adhering to all cleaning, sanitizing and safety protocols.

  • Providing assistance and customer service to community members where appropriate.

  • May provide maintenance support for concerts or special events.

  • May perform minor repairs to facilities and equipment.

  • May work on outside maintenance, shoveling snow, spreading salt, etc.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Must be capable of basic physical labor such as mopping, sweeping, and hauling trash. Ability to work unsupervised and complete set tasks in the time allowed. One year of experience in a similar role preferred. Understanding of basic cleaning, sanitizing and safety protocols required. Ability to work in multiple locations and on weekends required. Basic mechanical and repair skills preferred.

Physical Requirements: Reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, lifting objects up to 50 pounds, standing, walking, climbing, grasping, feeling, and visual acuity. This work may include exposure to strong smells such as paint and thinners and exposure to hot and cold temperatures.

To be considered for this role, please send your resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org. Please, no phone calls.

Ukulele Instructors (PT)

The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks part-time ukulele teachers for private lessons and group classes in Lincoln Park and in the South Loop.

Skills/Qualifications:


  • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree (Music Performance or Music Education preferred)

  • Minimum two years of teaching experience preferred

  • High level of musicianship and personal responsibility

  • Ability to teach beginning through advanced levels required

  • Ability to teach young children through adults

  • Multi-instrumentalist and ability to teach online a plus

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

If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

Performance Marketing Specialist

The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking a creative and detail-oriented Performance Marketing Specialist to drive performance marketing for the organization in support of the sales and promotion of educational programming and concert offerings.

Job Summary

The Performance Marketing Specialist's role is to design, create, and execute marketing campaigns and experiences to support growth and retention of Old Town School's educational programming and events both in-person and online. This role requires an in-depth knowledge of digital marketing, analytics, advertising platforms and emerging trends in social media.

This is a leading role in the management of digital projects for the organization inclusive of online planning and insight, online promotions, content production, online display advertising, web building and design, and social media.

Key Duties
The Performance Marketing Specialist is a collaborative role along with the Digital Marketing Coordinator, and is the key touchpoint for the Old Town School brand's online presence. This position delivers marketing communications for prospective and active students, concertgoers and event attendees.

Daily functions include:

  • Creating and implementing marketing strategies for successful sales
  • Planning email campaigns and audience strategy
  • Content creation, copyediting and management
  • Executing promotional and paid digital advertising campaigns
  • Analyzing data and performance metrics as well implementation with internal reporting
  • Managing website adjustments

    The Performance Marketing Specialist reports to the Director of Marketing and interfaces with all aspects of the organization. Candidates should be prepared to interact with the marketing team's communication functions as well as public relations, events, retail as well as new and creative collaborations among external brands, technologies and platforms.

    Qualifications
    B.S. in Marketing, Communications or Business required or equivalent experience. Three years of related experience required. Ideal candidates should have strong communication skills and are able to interface with creatives as well as utilizing consumer insights to explore and develop creative marketing acquisition tactics.

    Candidates should have 3-years minimum experience with: managing SEO/SEM/PPC for brands, managing CRM databases and e-commerce platforms, and have working knowledge of HTML and CSS. This role must follow best practices and make recommendations based on changes in the rapidly changing field of digital marketing. Experience with Google Suite, Google Analytics and Facebook Ad Manager preferred.

    Applicants possessing strong analytical skills and highly organized, detail-oriented folks with creative approaches to problem solving and a passion for the arts are encouraged to apply.

    If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

  • Instructor for Adult & Children's Dance (PT)

    The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks an experienced and enthusiastic instructor for adult and children's dance programs.

    Qualifications
    Bachelor's degree in Dance or related area preferred. Three years of experience teaching beginning through advanced tap and jazz dance to adults and children is preferred.

    Training in or willingness to learn Social Emotional Learning based pedagogy and up to date teaching practices required. Candidates should have experience with choreography, technique as well as ensuring safe movements during classes. Training in other dance forms such as musical theatre, modern, ballet, and/or hip hop is a plus. Prior experience as a performer is helpful. Must be able to clearly communicate with students and parents. Certifications like YPAD, RWID or another movement discipline are a plus.

    Ability to teach at Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square locations strongly preferred. Evening and weekend (daytime) availability is required.

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

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

    Children's Guitar Teacher – Lincoln Square & Lincoln Park

    The Old Town School of Folk Music seeks guitar teachers for children's group classes.

    Skills/Qualifications:


    • Minimum of Bachelor's Degree in Music Education or Music Performance preferred
    • Minimum two years of teaching experience preferred
    • High level of musicianship and personal responsibility
    • Ability to teach beginning through advanced levels required
    • Ability to teach young children
    • Candidate with a knowledge of diverse guitar repertoire preferred
    • Ability to teach online (OTS will provide a Zoom account) and in person

      If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.

    Bartender/Barback (PT)

    The Old Town School is seeking an experienced and reliable part-time Bartender/Barback for its operations in Lincoln Square during evening concerts.


    Job Summary
    The Bartender/Barback provides an excellent guest experience. They prepare for and serve beer, wine, and cocktails. The Bartender/Barback will keep the bar stocked and maintain a clean work area throughout their shift. Shifts typically include weekday and weekend evenings during concerts.


    Key Duties
  • Provides a pleasant experience to customers with exemplary customer service.
  • Serves drinks, snacks and coffee while maintaining a neat, clean, and sanitary bar area.
  • Follows recipes to create beverages where needed.
  • Ensures smooth set up and operation of bar services.
  • Keeps the bar stocked with beer, wine, liquor, cups, napkins, and all other necessary items before and during service hours.
  • Prepares garnishes, refills ice wells, and restocks beverage coolers.
  • Advises manager of ordering needs.
  • Cleans up spills, removes cups and organizes the counter.
  • Completes cleaning according to daily and weekly schedules, including dishwashing and removing garbage as needed.
  • Performs transactions using POS system. Completes end of shift paperwork and reports any discrepancies to manager.
  • Diplomatically resolves issues where needed.
  • Adheres to proper alcohol handling, sanitation, and safety procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned


    Qualifications
    One year of related bartending/barback experience required in a fast-paced environment. Health and food safety certification required. B.A.S.S.E.T. (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education Training) certification required. Must be at least 21 years old.

    Must be able to communicate effectively in verbal and written form, be self-motivated and able to multitask. Familiarity with Square POS platform is a plus. Comfortable using a computer and navigating the Google suite. Bilingual Spanish ability is helpful. Must be able to work evenings and weekends.

    Physical Requirements
    This work requires the following physical activities: reaching, bending, stooping, lifting up to 50 lbs., standing, walking, finger dexterity, grasping, feeling, repetitive motions, talking, hearing and visual acuity. The work is performed primarily indoors in a bar/cafe environment.

    If interested and qualified, please send resume to hiring@oldtownschool.org.


  • 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.