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We're always looking for exceptional and dedicated people to join our team.

For more than 60 years, Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) has worked to inspire, unite and change the lives of youth through music.

What began as a small choir in Hyde Park born in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement to foster racial understanding has since grown into a nonprofit with an international footprint that is Chicago’s premier arts education and performing organization. CCC serves every corner of Chicago through a vast network of 140 choirs whose singers bridge cultural and economic divides to become ambassadors for peace.


Open Roles


How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to jobs [at] ccchoir [dot] org, with the job title in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

What it's like to work at CCC.

Sincerely, we’re a family. We get it done while having fun. At CCC, we’re all working toward a colorful, peaceful, equitable future—and that feels good. We share a passion for music and the vast potential of young people.

In addition to work you can believe in, CCC offers the following perks:

  • Unlimited paid time off, including 8 state holidays and company-wide two week winter break.

  • Half-day Fridays out of respect for the work we do on evenings and weekends.

  • A choice from three health insurance options with 70 percent of medical and dental premiums covered. We also offer vision plans, short and long term disability insurance and life insurance.

  • A retirement plan with matched contributions up to 3 percent after a year of employment. We’re invested in your future!

  • A pre-tax commuter program that allows you to save on public transportation and parking.

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About Chicago Children's Choir

In a traditional year, CCC provides transformative programs through partnerships with over 90 schools, 11 community-based after-school music programs, Dimension, an ensemble for singers with changing or changed voices, and the world-renowned Voice of Chicago choir. As a national and international touring ensemble, CCC has performed for dignitaries such as former President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and former Chinese President Hu Jintao and with artists such as Chance the Rapper, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, and Celine Dion.

Over the past year, CCC has thrived, creating high quality online programs and virtual content that brings hope and light to audiences across the globe.

CCC is a civic treasure and model for urban music education with more than 75% of youth able to access its programming free of charge.

“OTR” Life Experience

We know that many of your most character-building experiences — where resilience, grit and grace were required to persevere — do not show up neatly on a resume. So, we want to hear some of those “OTR” (“off the resume”) moments for you. In order to be on the CCC team, EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is not a nice-to-have…it’s a must. So, show us your EQ.

A Not-So-Fun Fact:

We know research tells us that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and people of color tend to only apply when they feel they’ve checked every single box. If you are unsure that you’ve checked every box in these descriptions, but you think you have what it takes to enhance the CCC as we grow our team—we want to hear from you.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


Chicago Children’s Choir is an equal opportunity employer that actively pursues candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to providing diversity, equity, and inclusion training to all employees, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, age, medical condition, disability, or veteran status in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.

Neighborhood Choir and School Program Conductor (Full Time)

The Neighborhood Choir and School Program conductor provides a highest quality learning and performance experience for youth ages 8-18. As a faculty member with Chicago Children’s Choir, the Conductor will create meaningful opportunities for young people to express themselves, learn music authentically from an array of genres and cultures, develop their musical and performance skills and build emotional intelligence. The Conductor will elevate the artistry of their ensembles and encourage deep exploration of the historical and social context of music and its relevance today. In addition, they will thoughtfully engage their community and build participation and retention in their programs.

This full-time, year-round role includes approximately 50 percent teaching hours; 40 percent planning, preparation and community engagement; and 10 percent travel time.

Our faculty engages in ongoing professional development on a wide range of topics from Trauma Informed Care to World Music Pedagogy. There is much that our conductors not only give to their students, but also gain as educators and musicians in the CCC community. Our conductors help facilitate student learning through organization-wide curricula such as Black History Month, Canto Latino and Paint the Town Red, in addition to assisting in the development, evaluation and documentation of such curricula. Faculty members also engage in smaller-scale performance learning projects with their individual School Programs, including but not limited to school assemblies, community concerts and performances. From time to time, conductors may also be called upon to assist with special collaborations with other musical organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Key Responsibilities


Musical and Educational

  • Facilitate student learning in assigned choirs, incorporating the curriculum set forth by CCC faculty in addition to self-selected repertoire.
  • Teach choral music through a lens of cultural responsiveness and authenticity, maintaining a dedication to equity and anti-racism.
  • Lead all rehearsals and performances for designated ensembles.
  • Maintain rigorous learning and performance standards.
  • Administer singer assessments twice yearly and use associated data to inform instructional practice.


Community Engagement, Communication, and Relationship Building

  • Communicate regularly with school and community partners to ensure the best possible experiences for all stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively with families to foster deep and meaningful relationships with the Choir.
  • Recruit singers for participation in CCC programs, maintaining an ensemble size that allows for an enriching experience.
  • Educate families on opportunities for growth within the Choir and assist with promotion into more advanced CCC ensembles, when appropriate.


Organizational Support and Administrative

  • Actively participate in meetings, professional development workshops and staff training as scheduled.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Program Director, support the Neighborhood Choir Program Assistant in delivering the best experience possible.
  • Attend and assist with organizational concerts and events.


Qualifications:

  • Strong choral music educator and conductor capable of teaching diverse music through culturally responsive methodologies.
  • Dedication to anti-racism and equity.
  • Passion for working with diverse youth ages 8-18 and for fostering deep and authentic relationships with their families and communities.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music (master’s degree and major in choral music education or choral conducting preferred).
  • Commitment to collaboration in a team of fellow music educators, as part of a larger organizational staff and with families and community partners in a mission-driven environment.

Neighborhood Choir Program Assistant

Program Assistants for CCC serve a vital role as part of our program team. They have the unique opportunity to work with singers in Neighborhood Choir Programs throughout the city of Chicago, inclusive of families from a wide variety of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Program Assistants are responsible for all non-musical aspects related to the Neighborhood Choir(s) to which they are assigned. Program Assistants work closely with the Conductor of their Neighborhood Choir to gather important information that is then communicated to singers and their families. Program Assistants are present for all rehearsals, concerts and events related to their Neighborhood Choir.

Key Responsibilities

Community Engagement, Communication and Relationship Building

  • Be a strong advocate and ambassador for the mission and legacy of Chicago Children's Choir by welcoming new families, maintaining strong relationships with current families, assisting with recruitment and attending community events.
  • Supervise singers before and after rehearsals and concerts. Plan to arrive thirty minutes prior to rehearsal and leave thirty minutes after rehearsal ends.
  • Communicate regularly with community partners to ensure the best possible experiences for all stakeholders.
  • Send weekly emails to families with pertinent information such as schedules and upcoming events.
  • Assist with tour accounting and attend the annual tour in the Spring. Tours are National and usually span three to four days.
  • Distribute flyers for fundraisers, events and other CCC activities.
  • Communicate effectively with families in order to foster deep and meaningful relationships with CCC.
  • Maintain strong relationships with singers and families to ensure continued participation throughout the year. Give detailed reports when a singer discontinues participation.

Organizational Support and Administrative

  • Collect and track registration and attendance and report updates to conductor and office regularly.
  • Create monthly calendars in a timely manner, submit to office and conductor for edits and distribute paper and digital copies to families.
  • Actively participate in weekly Program Team meetings.
  • Communicate regularly with the Program Team to ensure equitable experiences amongst all programs.
  • Attend and assist with organization-wide events
  • Collect payments for tuition, fundraising and tour from singers, issue receipts and deliver to the main office. Keep accurate records of all transactions.

Qualifications

  • Passion for working with diverse youth ages 8-18 and for fostering deep and authentic relationships with their families and communities.
  • Strong understanding of Google Suite, specifically Google Docs and Google Sheets
  • Experience working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds is preferred.
  • Commitment to collaboration in a team, as part of a larger organizational staff and with families and community partners in a mission-driven environment.
  • Dedication to anti-racism and equity.
  • Creativity, flexibility, self-motivation, energy and enthusiasm for this vitally important work.