Open Positions

Graphic Designer

Part of the creative team at the Saint Louis Chess Campus (comprised of the Saint Louis Chess Club, World Chess Hall of Fame, and Q boutique), the graphic designer establishes the conceptual and stylistic direction for design staff and projects and campaigns. In addition to their own work, the designer organizes the work of writers, artists, photographers, designers, prepress technicians and print vendors, and anyone else who is involved in a project from concept to production. The graphic designer generally has the authority to select vendors and often functions as the creative lead on individual projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Partner with the marketing team and key stakeholders to establish and review creative as it relates to each assignment
  • Lead, inspire and collaborate with members of the creative team to produce inventive, thoughtful, relevant work
  • Lead projects: oversee planning, concept development, design and implementation; assign tasks and monitor progress
  • Understand and work within project parameters: promote organizational goals and mission, departmental goals and requirements, usability and technical constraints as well as budget and schedule; interact with internal groups and external vendors, managing deadlines
  • Collaborate with all departments, including marketing, events, curatorial, development, scholastic, and video teams to develop strong concepts
  • Direct and execute assigned projects: manage photo shoots, artists/designers, and events as appropriate
  • Work within a variety of media: branding and print materials, environmental graphics and wayfinding, advertisements, fundraising campaigns, e-mail marketing, merchandise design and packaging, digital and social media graphics, website/interactive design, and content management
  • Take the lead on presentations and creative brainstorming/critique
  • Work closely with all departments: listen to key stakeholders and articulate their message and goals; be a leader of innovative design who delivers on creative concepts and strategy
  • Collaboratively establish the creative strategy for projects
  • Mentor and support junior design staff: understand their strengths and weaknesses, and recommend projects and training to help them develop
  • Experiment with new tools and techniques
  • Cultivate an understanding of trends, sharing insights with the team
  • Represent the Saint Louis Chess Campus publicly, promoting and enhancing the organization’s image and coordinating effective representation and communication of the Chess Campus to various communities, potential partnerships, and business channels
  • Support Chess Campus programming and events by working outside of business hours on an ongoing basis and attending major events including opening receptions, tournament ceremonies, fundraisers, and press conferences
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BFA or MFA in graphic design or equivalent field
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience as a designer or art director, in-house or agency experience preferred
  • Portfolio filled with ideas, concepts and creative solutions you can talk through with pride
  • A strong design and interactive (web) background is a plus
  • Experience collaborating with writers and marketing staff to drive concepts and campaign ideation for print and digital
  • Expert proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator
  • Experience with (and understanding of) the print production process
  • Strong knowledge and experience in designing for the web
  • The confidence to ask the right questions, to own projects and to supervise activities and production as necessary
  • An articulate, friendly, “whatever it takes,” “down to earth” attitude, and a strong work ethic

APPLICATION INFORMATION

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

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Qualified applicants should submit the following to Matt Dauphin at matt.dauphin@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

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.