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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:09

Deputy Director

Sponsoring Organization

Old Town School of Folk Music



Chicago, IL


Until Filled



About the Old Town School of Folk Music

Celebrating its 60th year of service to Chicago in 2017, Old Town School of Folk Music is the largest community school of the arts in the United States. With an annual operating budget of $13M and almost 400 employees, the School is among the leading cultural organizations in Chicago.

Enrollment in the School's tuition programs averages 6,600 students per week, 2,700 of them children. The Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park Facilities hold hundreds of classes in music, dance and art seven days per week, 48 weeks per year. 

The School also serves infants and toddlers in Lawndale, children grades 3-8 in more than two dozen Chicago Public Schools, incarcerated teens at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and adolescents and young adults in the Englewood neighborhood. 

In addition, the School's annual concert and event schedule consists of more than 300 events and entertains and enlightens over 100,000 people. 

The Deputy Director Opportunity

The School’s new Deputy Director is a dynamic leader, institutional innovator and key member of the senior executive team.  This new position is charged with the following:

  • Reimagining extensive arts education programs; 
  • Deeply engaging Chicago communities in arts participation; 
  • Designing partnerships with public schools, universities and a range of civic collaborators;
  • Coordinating cross-pollination among the School’s numerous programs and administrative departments; and 
  • Advocating for the School and the arts in a variety of public settings.  

Reporting to the Executive Director, and serving as the School’s chief executive in his absence, the Deputy Director is expected to significantly advance the School’s programs and profile as an important player within Chicago’s cultural ecology.

Ideal Candidates:


We are particularly interested in candidates with the following professional and personal qualities, skills and experience:   

  • An entrepreneurial, tactical and results-oriented leader with the ability to translate the School’s growth, expansion and development goals into clear objectives and plans;
  • A charismatic leader who will serve as an ‘Ambassador’ for the School in partnership with the Executive Director; 
  • The ability to establish rapport and cultivate relationships across all levels of the organization and empower a diverse staff and external constituents to deliver results; and
  • A sincere passion for the arts and an understanding of how they enhance a community and the lives of its citizens.

Additional information on the School and the role can be found here.


Potential candidates can express interest in the role by clicking here


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