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Lauren Slipkowsky

Program Manager – Children's Music, Visual Arts & Education Workshops

Old Town School is seeking an entrepreneurial Program Manager for Children's Music, Visual Arts & Education Workshops.

Position Summary:The Program Manager oversees the quality and implementation of the comprehensive curricula in the categories of drumming, fiddle, ensembles, guitar, piano, ukulele, and voice for children and visual arts for all ages, and the coordination of education workshops 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, coaching and managing faculty to success, and monitoring student satisfaction.

Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in Music Education or Early Childhood Education required, along with two or more years' experience teaching music to young children. Two or more years of program management experience required. Experience supervising teachers preferred. Must have proficiency on one or more of the instruments supervised.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, ideally with Filemaker experience.Summary of Duties:

Works with Marketing team, faculty and students to ensure programs meet enrollment objectives (attracting new students and retaining existing students).Establishes and monitors curriculum goals and objectives (classes, workshops, and special events for children and families) 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 for assigned program areas including development of new class and workshop initiatives. Plans and facilitates faculty training and meetings for assigned program areas. Enters teacher and accompanist substitutions and special events into payroll log.Evaluates faculty performance on an ongoing basis, develops faculty professionally, and acts as a liaison between faculty and Old Town School leadership.Partners with colleagues on events, faculty issues and promotions.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 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 program performances including room reservations, lighting and sound technician, and volunteers.Coordinates the facility and set-up needs for workshops across all education programs. Acts as a liaison to the Operations team with regard to workshops.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. Other duties as assigned.

If interested and qualified, please submit a resume and cover letter to

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago; Lincoln Square