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Full-time ,
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Lauren Slipkowsky

HR & DEI Manager

The Old Town School of Folk Music is seeking a HR & DEI Manager who will be a true HR Generalist and will also have specific focus on Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives for the organization. In addition, they will be responsible for recruiting and retaining diverse talent.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
  • SHRM or HRCI certification preferred
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in Human Resources
  • Minimum of two years’ experience managing a DEI function or related experience
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with diversity recruiting, developing a pipeline of candidates and conducting outreach to community partners
  • Minimum of two years’ experience with employee relations and conducting investigations
  • Minimum of two years’ experience implementing DEI strategic initiatives
  • Strong project management and training skills
  • Exhibit communication skills with sufficient knowledge and experience to provide counsel and recommendations to managers and board members
  • Ability to travel as needed to various OTS locations and partner sites
  • Familiarity with ADP WorkforceNow or similar system helpful
  • Experience with or exposure to union environment and/or nonprofit organization is helpful
  • May need to work flexible hours to accommodate for training sessions, meetings with employees, etc.
  • Demonstrated commitment to DEI
  • Bilingual in Spanish helpful

Key Duties

  • Develop diversity recruiting strategies, find new recruitment sources, conduct community outreach and build candidate pipelines for organization to build high level talent
  • Work with stakeholders (HR, leadership team members, internal committees, etc.) to implement DEI action planning items
  • Create and work to enhance staff DEI accountability through collaboration and enhancing people practices (i.e. Recruitment, Procurement, etc.)
  • Build a positive brand image of working at OTS
  • Build DEI best practices for OTS
  • Update and deliver training sessions
  • Conduct investigations as needed
  • Handle employee and labor relations issues where appropriate
  • 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)
  • Serve on internal DEI and other HR-related committees
  • Collaborate with Marketing to support internal and external DEI communications
  • Assist in other areas of HR where needed such as events and special projects
  • Other duties as assigned

If you are interested in this position and are qualified, please apply on our Career Site.

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, IL