Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. 

Updated March 19, 2014

The World Chess Hall of Fame is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, or any other protected class.

Open Positions:


IT Specialist

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) is an educational non-profit located in the Central West End. The mission of the CCSCSL is to maintain a formal program of instruction to teach the game of chess and to promote and support its educational program through community outreach and local and national partnerships to increase the awareness of the educational value of chess.

With a campus spanning three buildings and hundreds of classes in area schools each week, the CCSCSL provides members and guests with opportunities to learn, play and enjoy the game of chess. The CCSCSL hosts major national and international events, provides weekly classes, lectures, tournaments and other events designed to increase the popularity of the game 7 days per week. 

The CCSCSL is seeking a motivated individual to maintain existing IT systems, perform regular maintenance and updates, and support our users’ IT needs. The ideal candidate will have experience in a broad range of technologies, including servers, networking, telephone systems, audio visual systems, and much more.

Reporting Relationship: Reports to Executive Director



Infrastructure Administration (50-60%)

  • web server administration (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)

  • network administration (Cisco, HP)

  • infrastructure server administration (Microsoft Windows, Active Directory)


Desktop & User Support (15-20%)

  • Heterogeneous environment including Windows and Apple desktops and laptops, printers, and other connected devices

  • Point of Sale maintenance & support

  • Application support


Projects (15-20%)

Projects vary in scope and duration and include infrastructure updates and specialized IT needs for major events


Web Development (5-10%)

From time to time, it may be necessary to write or modify source code to integrate various technologies (PHP, HTML, CSS, SQL)


Other duties as assigned (5-10%)



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience

  • 2-5 years administering and developing in a LAMP environment (HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL)

  • 2-5 years experience implementing and administering Content Management Systems

  • 1-2 years experience administering and supporting workstations

  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to identify and solve problems quickly and without direct supervision



  • Some audio visual experience a plus

  • Some network administration experience a plus

  • Experience administering audio visual systems

  • Experience with Drupal Content Management System

  • VOIP & TDM phone administration (Asterisk, NEC)


This is a full-time position at an exciting organization. The ideal candidate will own this position and have the ability to rapidly effect changes that positively impact the company. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package. Training is also available. This is not contract work; please apply only if you are interested in a full-time position with the CCSCSL.


Qualified applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Tony Rich at trich@saintlouischessclub.org




Development Director

Reports to: General Manager of the Chess Club and Scholastic of Saint Louis and World Chess Hall of Fame

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is located in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis. The Club was founded in 2007 and opened in 2008. The World Chess Hall of Fame is located directly across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and opened to the public in September 2011.



This new position is responsible for overseeing all fundraising activities of the World Chess Hall of Fame and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (collectively, the Chess organizations (CO)). The Development Director (DD) directs all fundraising activities including, but not limited to, sponsorships, annual giving, planned giving, special events, major gifts and corporate/foundation grants. The DD works with CO’s development committees and Boards of Directors to reach the fund development goals.



  • Develop, monitor and manage implementation of all fund development programs including corporate and foundation gifts, major donor campaigns, annual appeal campaigns, individual giving and other.
  • Provide staff support for the respective Boards’ development committees and other fundraising efforts.
  • Develop, analyze and monitor development reports and data collection.
  • Supervise development staff. Provide training, instruction and direction to interns, volunteers, and Board members regarding support necessary for development efforts.
  • Create and monitor development strategic plan as well as yearly development action plans and budget. Prepare quarterly progress reports.
  • Research sources of funding and write grant proposals requesting financial support. Administer and provide all reports to funding sources for grants received.
  • Pursue in-kind donations whenever appropriate.
  • Attend staff meetings, board meetings, and other functions required.
  • Availability for attendance at a number of community events will be a requirement for this position.


  • Strong knowledge of development/fund raising concepts and appropriate solicitation techniques.

  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent (required). MA (a plus)

  • At least 5 years of experience in fund development.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and control budgets.

  • Demonstrated supervisory skills.

  • A successful track record of identifying, cultivating and soliciting from a variety of sources.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective relationships with volunteers, staff, major gift donors and prospects. Experience working with senior level executives in a corporate environment

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with experience developing successful donor communications and marketing materials.

  • Ability to work and motivate volunteers, Board members and others in all aspects of development activities.

  • Experience with Blackbaud or similar software

  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and successfully implement a strategic plan for fundraising and  achieving a large sustained base of annual giving



Qualified candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Lauren Stewart at lauren.stewart@worldchesshof.org.




Gallery Attendant

Gallery attendants monitor the World Chess Hall of Fame’s galleries, ensuring the safety of artwork and artifacts, staff members, and visitors. Additionally, gallery attendants are responsible for promoting positive visitor experiences by providing assistance and interacting with visitors in a polite and friendly manner. Gallery attendants also assist with preparation for events and exhibitions under the supervision of approved staff. They complete daily housekeeping tasks including stocking brochures, tidying galleries, and dusting vitrines. This is a part-time position. Hours may vary depending on the exhibition schedule at the WCHOF.



  • Monitor the safety of artifacts in galleries. Ensure that visitors adhere to museum policies.
  • Promote the World Chess Hall of Fame by providing engaging and meaningful visitor interactions.
  • Communicate with visitors and staff in a polite and professional manner. Greet every visitor upon arrival in a gallery.
  • Complete opening and closing procedures.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of galleries and ensure that all brochures are fully-stocked.
  • Inspect artwork and artifacts on a daily basis for loss or damage.
  • Become knowledgeable about the WCHOF, as well as its current and upcoming exhibitions. Attend mandatory training sessions for exhibitions.
  • Provide tours.
  • Assist in preparation and closing of events.
  • Assist in installation and deinstallation of exhibitions.
  • Use discretion to determine when a supervisor should be contacted to address visitor issues.
  • Assist other staff with projects as needed. 



  • Friendly personality and ability to speak with visitors in a professional manner
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Ability to work weekends and evening hours
  • Ability to stand in galleries while monitoring visitors
  • Interest in chess, art, or history preferred, but not required 



Qualified applicants should email a resume, a cover letter, and three references to Shannon Bailey at shannon.bailey@worldchesshof.org



Our open hours are as follows (subject to change):

Monday (Q Only): 10:00am-5:00pm.

Tuesday:  10:00am-5:00pm.

Wednesday:  10:00am-5:00pm.

Thursday:  10:00am-9:00pm.

Friday:  10:00am-9:00pm.

Saturday:  10:00am-5:00pm.

Sunday:  12:00pm-5:00pm.