US Chess Seeks Digital Assistant

Position Title: Digital Assistant
Department: Communications
FLSA: Non-Exempt; Part Time (20 hours/week, with some weekends and evenings. 25 hours/week on occasion, such as U.S. Championships)
Reports To: Chess Life/Chess Life Online Editor
Location: In-Person or Telecommuting based in St. Louis, Missouri

Position Overview

Create and edit content for the US Chess digital presence on uschess.org and social media networks to both drive traffic to our site and to educate and spread the US Chess mission. Responsible for developing and executing editorial content that advances US Chess strategic goals in a compelling and forward-looking manner. The position reports to the Chess Life/Chess Life Online Editor, who may assign other projects.

Essential Job Functions

  • Content Creation
    • Write articles to drive traffic to uschess.org. Topics include (but are not limited to) tournament updates, news from National Events, event previews, thought pieces, game analyses.
  • Content Editing
    • Post and edit content, including basic photo editing. Examples: announcements, press releases, monthly CLO columns, articles from authors (such as monthly “Just the Rules” column), obituaries, and weekly podcasts
    • Editing and uploading videos to YouTube
  • Social media upkeep / outreach
    • Promote US Chess on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram, including links to podcasts, CLO articles, etc. utilizing the Hootsuite platform.
    • Discover and share appropriate stories / photos that communicate our mission.
    • Grow social media presence.
    • Track analytics for all of our social media platforms (and uschess.org)
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Requirements

  • Strong writing, editing, and interviewing abilities.
  • Working knowledge of Drupal (or experience in Wordpress), MS Office, basic photo editing, and major chess software (ChessBase and engines).
  • Communication. Because this is a remote job, communication skills are vital, particularly via email.
  • Produce content in a timely and self-directed fashion.
  • Exhibit good judgment in online engagements / interactions / content creation.
  • Interest in, and knowledge of, chess news / culture.
  • Some chess playing ability.
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, social media metrics and SEO including keyword research.

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or actively enrolled in a college degree program.

This part-time position with flexible hours is focused around Central Standard Time.   Please apply by sending a cover letter, resume, a writing or editing portfolio, and three references to the Senior Director of Strategic Communication Dan Lucas, dlucas@uschess.org, no later than October 7.  For more information, please contact John Hartmann, US Chess Digital Editor, john.hartmann@uschess.org.

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