Employment Opportunities


The United States Chess Federation is currently looking for qualified people to fill the following positions:




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DIRECTOR OF EVENTS

 

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

 

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Events is responsible for the execution of all USCF National and International Events, including staff training, management, logistics coordination, program evaluation, and budget oversight.

 

The Director of Events is not required to reside in the vicinity of the USCF office in Crossville, TN, but will be expected to travel on a as needed to staff and Executive Board meetings as well as USCF National Events. Applicants should expect to travel regularly.


Duties and Responsibilities:

 ·         Oversees all events-related contract management and serves as the primary contact for all event-related vendors and sponsors. Negotiates the contracts for future National Events organized by the USCF. Visits potential sites for future USCF National Events.

·         Organizes the following USCF National tournaments: National High School, National Junior High, and National Elementary Championships and every four years the SuperNationals, the fall National K-12 Grade Championship, and the U.S. Open (including the U.S. Open Blitz and U.S. Open Game 15) and any additional events as directed by the Executive Director.   

·         Cultivates and oversees all event-related sponsorships for USCF events and programs.

·         Reviews bids and provides guidance for smaller National events organized by USCF affiliates.  These presently include the U.S. Championship, U.S. Women’s Championship, U.S. Junior Championship, the U.S. Junior Girls’ Championship, U.S. Senior Open, National Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Junior Chess Congress, National Youth Action, U.S. Masters, U.S. Game 10, U.S. Game 30, U.S. Game 60, U.S. Amateur Team (North, South, East & West), U.S. Amateur (North, South, East & West), U.S. Blind and the All-Girls National Championship.

·         Manages budgets for all USCF events, providing timely updates to USCF Executive Director and VP of Finance. Provides oversight for event-related budgets and accounting, ensuring tournament fees, expenses and income are processed and acknowledged in a timely manner.

·         Develops budget proposals for events and tournaments for players representing the U.S. at international events, including the World Chess Olympiad, World Team Championships, World Youth Chess Championships and Pan-American Youth Championships. 

·         Plans and coordinates the attendance of U.S. players in International Events. Oversees the activities of the office staff dealing with rating reports, both FIDE and USCF. Oversees the activities of the office staff processing FIDE federation transfers, titles and licenses.

·         Provides guidance to staff and USCF members on matters related to tournament organization, tournament directing, titles and procedures used by the USCF and FIDE.

 

Preferred Hiring Qualifications

·         Knowledge of event planning practices, procedures, and operation.

·         Knowledge of computer software and hardware, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

·         Effective time management and organizational skills.

·         Experience supervising full-time staff.

·         Ability to manage multiple priorities, pay attention to detail, supervise and exhibit excellent customer service.

·         Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. 

·         Knowledge of chess tournaments and their space requirements.

·         Understanding of the game of chess.

·         Knowledge of USCF and FIDE rating systems, FIDE title regulations, and FIDE federation transfer regulations.

·         Experience working with 501(c)(3) organizations.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
 
Application: Interested applicants should submit (in PDF format) (1) a letter of interest, (2) resume, (3) three references, and (4) a writing sample no longer than two pages to jmisner@uschess.org by April 6, 2015. Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The United States Chess Federation is committed to having an inclusive community, and as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital status, or sexual orientation.

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA / CHESS LIFE ONLINE ASSISTANT 
(Part-Time)

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is accepting applications for 
the position of Social Media / Chess Life Online Assistant. The USCF is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people one move 
at a time. The USCF is the national governing body for chess and serves 
over 85,000 members. 

Position Overview: 

Reporting to the Senior Digital Editor, the Social Media /Digital Assistant is 
responsible for managing the USCF's online presence. He/she may work 
remotely. This position is part-time.

Social Media / Chess Life Online Assistant

Paid Internship/Part Time -15 hours a week

Responsibilities: 

·       Grow social media presence on Twitter, Facebook and investigate 
options for a possible tertiary presence on Instagram using a combination 
of posts and campaigns/contests.  
·       Write 1 article a week for CLO, ideally tying into our social media 
presence. 
·       Manage Social Media marketing campaigns and day-to-day activities.
·       Monitor trends in Social Media tools, applications, channels, design 
and strategy.
·       Analyze campaigns and translate anecdotal or qualitative data into 
recommendations and plans for revising the Social Media campaigns.
·       Monitor effective benchmarks (best practices) for measuring the 
impact of Social Media campaigns. Analyze, review, and report on 
effectiveness of campaigns in an effort to maximize results.

Requirements:

·       Able to work with Chessbase, computer engine, social media 
networks, MS Word and some basic photo editing skills. 
·       Displays in-depth knowledge and understanding of Social Media 
platforms, their respective participants (Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, 
Google+Local, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest etc.) and how each 
platform can be deployed in different scenarios.
·       Maintains excellent writing and language skills.
·       Displays ability to effectively communicate information and ideas 
in written and video format.
·       Maintains a working knowledge of principles of SEO including 
keyword research. 
·       Possesses functional knowledge and/or personal experience 
with WordPress.

Plusses: 

1.      Knowledge of the chess world (USCF rating of 1600 or over 
preferred but not required). The ideal candidate will follow major chess 
news 
2.      Video editing or production skills  
3.      Geographic proximity to an area with major chess activity, which 
may allow for live reporting or unique photo content. 
4.      Existing following on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram. 

Application:
 Interested applicants should submit (in PDF format) 
(1) a letter of interest, (2) resume, (3) three references, and (4) a writing 
sample no longer than two pages to jmisner@uschess.org by May 1, 
2015. Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue 
until the position is filled.

The United States Chess Federation is committed to having an inclusive 
community, and as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate 
in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender, race or 
ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, family or marital 
status, or sexual orientation.