Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

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

Updated July 3, 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:



Position Title: Registrar
Organization: World Chess Hall of Fame
Job Function: Registrar/Collections Management
Entry Level: No
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Posted: July 3, 2014
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 July 18, 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately.


Job Description and Position Summary:

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 collections care, safety and documentation of the museum’s collection, which numbers over 3000 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 and Preparator as well as a team of Gallery Attendants. 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist Curator 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, ensure information is shared with PR, Web and Education

  • 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

  • Established 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, and ongoing maintenance concerns

  • Responsible for ensuring WCHOF’s compliance with AAMs best practices and other state and federal laws regarding the collection and incoming loans


Position Requires: 

  • 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, 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


No chess playing skills required. 



Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The anticipated start date for the position is August 4, 2014. 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 63108
(314) 367-9243 x103

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



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




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.