Education/Teaching/Training, Event Management, Program Management
4 Year Degree
The Youth Choir Director will have the unique opportunity to build, develop, and grow a new children’s/youth choir from the foundation with Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The Choir Director, in partnership with the Choir Committee, will develop the vision and execute the creation of this choir including: selecting the participants; organizing and conducting all music; providing administrative support for rehearsals and performances; and cultivating relationships with choir members, families, staff, and supporters.
September – Flexible hours as we build and design the choir program (average of 5 to 10 hours per week)
October through May – 5:00-6:00pm on Monday through Thursday for choir lessons, an additional 5 to 10 flex hours throughout the rest of week to deal with administrative duties (average of 9 to 14 hours per week)
January through May – potential for an additional 1 to 2 hours of advance choir rehearsals
Special Performance times as needed
Coordinate choir lessons four evenings per week from October through May with an additional weekly Choir rehearsal for more advanced/committed participants once per week beginning in January
Prepare for, plan, and implement performances
Recruit and select members for the choir in partnership with staff of the Chicago Lights Tutoring Program
Communicate with parents and students regarding rehearsals, performance schedules, student attendance, and student behavior
Select a variety of music that is enjoyable for the students and also expands their interest and appreciation
Manage all administrative tasks relating to the choir, such as recruiting and engaging students, communicating with parents on attendance and student engagement, arranging for student transportation to and from rehearsals and performances, etc
Prepare programs, tickets, contracts, room reservations, set-up requests, volunteer needs, and anything else related to performances
Attend all rehearsals and concerts
Serve as a positive role model for students at all times, and engage as a caring and supportive member of the Tutoring team to ensure that all students and parents are provided with the best service possible
Collaborate with the Choir Committee and Chicago Lights Tutoring Program to execute the vision of this choir
Adhere to the Tutoring and Summer Day Programs’ employee policies
Use the S.P.I.R.I.T. principles of hospitality when interacting with visitors, guests, members, and staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights
Attend staff meetings as required
Other duties as assigned
Strong knowledge and background in choral music
Experience selecting repertoire and conducting choirs with student ages from elementary school through high school
Organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
Proven ability to thrive in a diverse, equitable, just, and inclusive environment
Experience in working with a high-performing, collaborative, and constructive peer group
Excellent classroom management skills
Experience in trauma informed care preferred, but not required
Strong work ethic, solid judgment, and apparent leadership skills and personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to for Chicago Lights’ mission
Additional Salary Information: This is a part-time position. The position is not eligible for benefits.
About Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church
At Fourth Presbyterian Church, we believe that through mission outreach, we can serve the community in need, sharing in their struggles and hopes and working together for a world of compassion, peace, and justice. With a congregation of over 5,000, the church supports many enriching ministries for members as well as the community at-large.
Fourth Church also hosts Chicago Lights, which seeks to support and meet the needs of children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty in our city. Chicago Lights grew from the commitment of Fourth Presbyterian Church to social justice and compassionate service and offers five signature programs, serving more than 4,000 individuals annually. Our core service areas include one-to-one tutoring and mentoring, arts education, social services, and urban farming.
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and Chicago Lights are a proud, three-time winner of the Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces in Chicago.