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Lauren Slipkowsky

Community Ventures Program Coordinator

The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking a reliable and detailed part-time Program Coordinator for its Community Ventures program.

The Community Ventures program is a portfolio of fee-for-service and grant-based programs that operate in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and community partners primarily located in Chicago's south and west side neighborhoods. Our School Partnerships Programs bring the joy and power of the arts to over 2,500 youth each year through in-school, after school, and pre-school programming. Music Moves is Old Town School's Arts & Community Wellness Initiative. The youth-focused, intergenerational program aims to provide individuals and organizations with creative resources necessary to build healthy, intentional arts-based communities across Chicago's 77 neighborhoods.

Position summary:

Community Ventures Program Coordinator works closely with partners and community stakeholders to develop and maintain programming, assists teaching artists and performers, and assists with Community Ventures administrative tasks.

Key Duties:

  • Assists Program Managers with general administrative tasks, including reporting of teaching artist hours for payroll and administering program assessment tools.
  • Works with partners to schedule and maintain residencies at CPS Schools and community organizations.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Some management or supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Must have excellent administrative, computer, communication skills, initiative and confidence in problem solving.
  • Familiarity with working in CPS desired.Conference coordination skills desired.
  • Program documentation 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

About Old Town School of Folk Music:

Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music (“OTSFM”) is the largest community school of the arts in the U.S. and a non-profit organization committed to celebrating American music and global cultures. Founded in 1957, Old Town School provides a wide range of music, dance, and arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Whatever one's interest, Old Town School provides broad access to more than 700 weekly class offerings, a broad array of private lessons, and over 400 concerts and community events per year.

Old Town School of Folk Music opened its Lincoln Square facility in 1998 and expanded in 2012. The Old Town School operates two campuses located in Chicago's Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park neighborhoods that include world-class concert halls, classrooms, an award-winning music store, and a music resource center. Online classes were introduced in 2020 and students from nearly every state and a dozen countries participated over the course of the pandemic. Children's classes are also held at several suburban satellite locations. More information is available at

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.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago / South & West side