We are eager to welcome new members to our Editorial, Design, and Business Teams. Please carefully review the descriptions and responsibilities of the positions we are currently recruiting for.
To submit an application to join our team, please follow these directions.
- In an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, please include your full name (and chess title if applicable), grade level, and hometown.
- If you are interested in joining a particular team or serving in a particular position, please indicate that in your email. We also accept general applications—we will converse with you to explore how you may best fit in our organization.
- Please write one paragraph (no more than 150 words) on any applicable experiences you may have, and why you are interested in working with Chess Connections Magazine.
- We will reply to your email and schedule a 15 minute informal interview on Zoom, Skype, Google, or an equivalent platform. You will speak with a current team member and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
The Editor(s) is/are responsible for brainstorming, soliciting, and editing articles and columns. Editor(s) are expected to direct at least one (1) recurring column (which is a series of articles on a related theme, topic, or format that is presented in each issue of the magazine), and contribute at least two (2) articles per issue, one of which may be an installment in the column. Editors who are not able to meet these expectations for a production cycle must communicate with the Editor-in-Chief. Under the guidance of the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor(s), Editors seek out young chess players and enthusiasts across the U.S. and around the world who wish to have their voices shared in Chess Connections. They will work with Contributors and Staff writers to get articles in on time. Editors may also choose to conduct reports (for example, on a tournament or event) or interviews. Upon receipt or writing of the article, Editors will ensure a high quality of writing and that the content represents the Chess Connections Magazine responsibly. Editorship is a senior position in the publication and, Editors serve as mentors to Associate Editors and Staff Writers, guiding their growth in communication, writing, and leadership. Editors are typically in middle-late high school, or have served the publication with distinction over multiple production cycles.
The Associate Editor(s) is/are Editors-in-training. They work alongside Editors to brainstorm, solicit, and edit articles. Associate Editors seek out young chess players and enthusiasts across the U.S. and around the world who wish to have their voices shared in Chess Connections. They will work with Contributors and Staff writers to get articles in on time. Associate Editors may also choose to conduct reports (for example, on a tournament or event) or interviews. Upon receipt or writing of the article, Associate Editors will ensure a high quality of writing and that the content represents the Chess Connections Magazine responsibly. Associate Editors are expected to contribute a minimum of one (1) article per issue (this may be a co-edited article with a fellow Associate Editor or Editor). Associate Editors who are not able to meet this expectation for a production cycle must communicate with the Editor-in-Chief. Associate Editors are typically in middle school or early high school, or are new to the Chess Connections Magazine. No previous experience is required or expected.
The Associate Designer(s) are members of the Design Team. The Design Team plays a critical role in designing an understandable and aesthetic presentation of the magazine, compiling text and visuals submitted to them by the Editor(s) and Associate Editor(s). Working with the Director of Design, Associate Designers will build a mature understanding of design principle and technical knowledge regarding design software. We use Canva for our design process. No previous experience is required or expected. (Canva is very easy to learn!)
Director of Communication
The Director of Communication is an experienced veteran of social media and is the public face of Chess Connections Magazine. They are capable of communicating effectively, independently, and professionally. Instagram experience required; Facebook experience preferred; Wechat experience preferred.