Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

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

Updated April 18, 2017

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: 



The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) seeks an experienced Registrar. The Registrar will support the WCHOF’s exhibitions program by overseeing and managing all aspects of the permanent collection’s care, safety and documentation of the museum’s collection, which numbers over 10,000 objects in compliance with professional museum standards. The Registrar will also manage and maintain a database of the collection using PastPerfect, as well as arrange national and international loans and monitor environmental conditions in galleries. Other possible duties will include assisting with loaned objects for traveling exhibitions.

The Registrar will report to the Chief Curator and work closely with the Assistant Curator, Exhibitions Manager, Gallery Manager, and Gallery Attendants. 



  • Assist Curators with execution of agreements and contracts for loaned objects and independent contractors involved in exhibition-related activities
  • Coordinate packing and shipping arrangements for objects on exhibition checklist, including loaned objects, (oversee handling, packing, movement, and inspection of all objects entering or leaving organization, including traveling exhibitions)
  • Register incoming loans and track exhibition-related activity of all objects (in collection and loans) through PastPerfect, and ensure terms of loan are properly communicated to staff and upheld while object is in the care of WCHOF
  • Arrange insurance for objects on loan working with insurance broker to ensure proper wall-to-wall coverage for loaned objects, updating broker with transit information, as well as providing them with a copy of the Exhibition checklist for proper coverage of objects on view
  • Secure and manage rights and reproductions for loaned objects and ensure information is shared with PR, Web, and Education & Outreach
  • Responsible for overseeing the inspection of objects entering and leaving WCHOF and the execution of incoming/outgoing condition reports
  • Responsible for overseeing and coordinating object moves as related to gallery installation and desintallation for special events as well as for exhibitions activity
  • Track exhibition expenses related to loans, shipping, installation needs, etc. for Exhibition Budget
  • Process new acquisitions (through donation, purchase) to the collection, and apply established Collections Management procedures for their safekeeping, storage and movement
  • Compose concise and accurate descriptions of objects
  • Assign accession numbers to all uncatalogued objects in the museum’s collection, in accordance with the institution’s established registration system register and assign accession numbers to all objects in collection according to established registration system to a previously unaccessioned and uncataloged collection
  • Establish procedures for maintaining records of accession, condition, and location of objects in collection, both permanent and loaned, and for overseeing movement, packing, and shipping of objects to conform to insurance regulations and best practices
  • Maintain and monitor Cataloguing Guidelines, Collections Management Procedures, and update the Collections Management Policy
  • Maintain and update WCHOF’s Facilities Report
  • Monitor art storage and exhibition spaces for temperature/humidity, environmental hazards, safety, cleanliness, pests, and ongoing maintenance concerns
  • Responsible for ensuring WCHOF’s compliance with AAM’s best practices and other state and federal laws regarding the collection and incoming loans 



  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree Preferred in Art History, History, Museum Studies or similar field
  • Minimum of 2-3 years experience in a museum or similar non-profit center
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong commitment to quality control, excellent communication, and collaboration
  • Strong computer skills: expert facility with MS Office, including Word, PowerPoint, Google Drive, and Excel Experience with PastPerfect preferred
  • Previous experience shipping loans and/or exhibitions domestically and internationally
  • Knowledge of current best practices and standards in the field (including art handling, packing and shipping)
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and to meet competing deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to be equally effective when working independently or as a part of a team
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects in a fast-paced work environment
  • Some travel may be required
  • The final candidate must successfully pass a background check



Position Title: Registrar

Organization: World Chess Hall of Fame

Job Function: Registrar/Collections Management

Entry Level: No

Location: Saint Louis, Missouri

Posted: April 18, 2017

Job Type: Full Time

Minimum Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate

Minimum Experience: 2-3 years

Required Travel: 0-10%

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Accepting Applications through May 15, 2017. Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The anticipated start date for the position is June 1, 2017. Qualified applicants should send a letter outlining their interest and qualifications for this position, resume or CV, and three references to:

Shannon Bailey, Chief Curator

World Chess Hall of Fame

4652 Maryland Avenue

Saint Louis, MO 63018

(314) 367-9243 x103


For Email submissions, please put REGISTRAR SEARCH in the subject line.


Software Developer 

The Software Developer will work closely with the senior management team and the technology department to create new applications, develop websites, and provide IT support for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and the World Chess Hall of Fame (the “Saint Louis Chess Campus”). While strategic direction and specific assignments will be given by senior management, the Software Developer will play an integral role in developing new ideas to improve infrastructure and software solutions, meeting deadlines, identifying requirements, and fostering strong working relationships within the department and across the campus.

This is a position for an outgoing self-starter that shares our passion for fulfilling the campus mission. While this position will maintain regular office hours, deadlines drive our work, and the ideal candidate will be available as needed. Specific duties include: 



  • Identify software requirements, develop use cases and detailed specifications

  • Work closely with designers, staff and contractors to meet organizational needs

  • Write & modify source code for web-based and standalone applications

  • Testing, source control, documentation and troubleshooting

  • Prepare and present training materials to staff

  • Maintain existing software and systems



  • Maintain web development environment, including system administration

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

  • Create interactive web apps

  • Find and resolve performance issues and broken web content

  • Content Management System & Customer Relationship Management  administration



  • Projects vary in scope and duration and include software development, infrastructure updates, and specialized IT needs for major events

Other duties as assigned



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

  • 2-5 years software development 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 and Customer Relationship Management Systems, preferably Drupal and CiviCRM

  • 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

  • No chess-playing ability required, but familiarity with the game is a plus


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 Campus. 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 Chess Campus.

With a campus spanning five buildings and hundreds of classes in area schools each week, the Chess Campus provides members and guests with opportunities to learn, play and explore 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 World Chess Hall of Fame features exhibitions and events designed to introduce chess in various contexts to the Saint Louis community.



Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The anticipated start date for the position is as soon as possible. Qualified applicants may apply online at saintlouischessclub.org/employment.

The Chess Campus admits students and employees of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students or employees at the campus. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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

Retail Associate

Do you like to stay busy? Enjoy working with friendly visitors in a fun environment? Then you may be a great fit at Q Boutique (at the World Chess Hall of Fame)!


Associate will be responsible for the following (but not limited to)…

  • Provide excellent customer service; greet customers in an outgoing and professional manner.
  • Drive sales by engaging guests on the sales floor, answering questions, offering suggestions, etc.
  • Remain current on all available merchandise and research product information.
  • Accurate operation of the p.o.s. system, including data entry, cash handling, and drawer reconciliation.
  • Perform general cleaning, dusting, and upkeep as needed; organize and merchandise product.
  • Process merchandise—assist with receiving, tracking, and pricing product.
  • Execute proper opening and closing procedures for the store—responsible for banking and deposits.
  • Maintain daily logs—daily sales, store traffic, guest feedback, and customer follow-up.
  • Update social media as requested.
  • Provide shift coverage as a gallery attendant as needed.



  • Typical shifts: Wed 9:30a-5:30p, Thu & Fri 1:00-9:30p, Sat 9:30-5:30p, Sun 12-5:30p.
  • Previous experience in retail and/or sales preferred. 
  • Ability to merchandise product in a creative, aesthetically-pleasing manner.
  • Superior work ethic—demonstrating a high level of ownership, accountability, and initiative.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and be able to multi-task efficiently.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literacy—keyboarding skills required and familiarity with Microsoft Excel preferred.
  • Ability to adapt to last-minute changes.
  • Be comfortable working as part of a team, as well as individually.
  • Punctuality—report to work on time.
  • Be able to stand and work comfortably on your feet for several hours at a time.

This position is a maximum of 30 hours per week, subject to change. Familiarity with chess and/or art is a plus, but not required. Applicant must be at least 21 years of age.



Qualified applicants should submit the following to Brian Flowers at brian.flowers@worldchesshof.org

1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. At least three professional references

*Documents should be in Word or PDF format, as an attachment. Please do not embed. Resumes with illegible formatting errors will not be accepted.

No phone calls, please.


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

Monday: 10:00am-5:00pm.

Tuesday:  10:00am-5:00pm.

Wednesday:  10:00am-9:00pm.

Thursday:  10:00am-9:00pm.

Friday:  10:00am-9:00pm.

Saturday:  10:00am-5:00pm.

Sunday:  12:00pm-5:00pm.