Employment Opportunities

JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THE US CHESS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EVENTS

 

Summary

The US Chess Federation (US Chess) is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Director of Events. US Chess is 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering people through chess one move at a time. US Chess is the national governing body for chess in the United States and serves over 85,000 members.

The Assistant Director of Events works under the direct supervision of the US Chess Director of Events and is responsible for assisting in the execution of all US Chess National and International Events, including staff training, management, logistics coordination, program evaluation, and budget oversight.

The Assistant Director of Events is not required to reside in the vicinity of the US Chess office in Crossville, TN, but will be expected to travel regularly to staff and Executive Board meetings as well as US Chess Tournaments and events. Applicants should expect to travel regularly.

Primary Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·         Assisting all events-related contract management

·         Identifying potential sites for future US Chess National Events including:

o   National High School (K-12) Championship

o   National Junior High (K-9) Championship

o   National Elementary (K-6) Championship

o   SuperNationals

o   National K-12 Grade Championships

o   US Open and all tournament and governance related activities, including other Championships held in conjunction with the event.

o   Any additional events as directed by the Executive Director

·         Cultivating and overseeing event-related sponsorships for US Chess and programs.

·         Reviewing bids and providing guidance to US Chess office personnel and organizers of smaller National events organized by US Chess affiliates, including the following:

o   US Championship

o   US Women’s Championship

o   US Junior Championship

o   US Girls’ Championship

o   US Cadet

o   US Senior Open

o   National Open

o   US Women’s Open

o   US Junior Chess Congress

o   US Masters

o   US Game 10, 30 and 60

o   US Amateur Team (North, South, East and West)

o   US Amateur (North, South, East and West)

o   US Blind

o   All-Girls National Championship

·         Developing budget proposals for events and tournaments for players representing the US at international events, including the World Chess Olympiad, World Team Championships, World Youth Chess Championships and Pan-American Youth Championships

·         Planning and coordinating the attendance of US players and officials at International events. 

·         Providing guidance to US Chess staff and members on matters related to tournament organization, tournament directing, titles and procedures used by US Chess and FIDE.

 

 

Requirements:

A minimum three years of progressively responsible professional work experience in event, meeting, conference planning or similar professional work experience required. Demonstrated experience developing and monitoring budgets required. Demonstrated project management experience required.  

 

Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s Degree

·         Excellent communication skills, both oral and in writing

·         Excellent supervisory and managerial skills

·         Event planning and contract management experience

·         Familiarity with the game of chess and US Chess tournaments

·         Available to travel to all National events, including pre-tournament planning visits

·         Proficiency with MS Office software (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

 

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Knowledge of US Chess tournament rules and regulations

·         US Chess rating and familiarity with US Chess National events and rating system

·         US Chess Certified Tournament Director

·         Experience working with 501(c)(3) organizations and securing sponsorships

·         Working knowledge of chess pairing programs and tournament software (SwissSys, WinTD, Swiss Manager)

 

This is full-time job. Individuals desiring consideration for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, 2-page sample writing, and list four references with contact information to the US Chess Director of Administration, Ms. Judy Misner, [email protected], not later than March 5, 2016.