US Chess Seeks Digital Assistant in Communications Department

The US Chess Federation is accepting applications for the position of Digital Assistant, a part-time position within US Chess. The Digital Assistant will work within the Communications Department, reporting directly to the Chess Life Online Editor, to advance the US Chess Mission via our website and social media platforms.

Job Title: Digital Assistant

Job Type: Non-exempt

Department: Communications

Hours: Part Time (20-25 hours/week, with some weekends and evenings)

Location: Telecommuting based in Crossville, TN

Reports To: Chess Life/Chess Life Online Editor

 

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

          This is the primary job function. 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), and weekly podcasts

          Editing and uploading videos to YouTube

  • Social media upkeep / outreach

          Promote US Chess on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn, including links to podcasts, CLO articles, etc.

          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 is a part-time position with flexible hours but focused around Central Standard Time.  This is a telecommute position. Please apply by sending a cover letter, resume, a writing or editing portfolio, and three references to Judy Misner, jmisner@uschess.org, no later than January 3, 2022.  For more information, please contact John Hartmann, US Chess Digital Editor, john.hartmann@uschess.org.

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