Teach Chess with Us!

We’re looking for teachers!

Would you like to teach chess?  Are you interested in learning the skills to teach a roomful of children to sit and concentrate on a game of chess for an hour?  Does helping kids learn critical thinking skills, teaching them to distinguish good ideas from bad ones, excite you?

At the U.S. Chess Center, we work in large suburban settings and in urban classrooms teaching children the rules, discipline, strategy, and etiquette of chess.  We need more teachers for both our urban and suburban chess classes!  Full time or after-school part-time positions are available.

Do you have what it takes to teach chess?

Successful chess teachers will have prior experience with kids; enjoy playing chess; be fluent in English; be dependable; and have a desire to learn and employ our proven methods.  See below for a description of our teaching position.


Money: Moderate
Satisfaction: Enormous

To apply, please send your résumé with a cover letter including your expected salary to admin@chessctr.org.   

“Working at the U.S. Chess Center builds skills for life — for teacher and student alike. Even though I am now working as an attorney on the other side of the Atlantic, I still find myself using the things I learned while exploring and communicating the beauty of the game to young curious minds. And judging by the successes that our former students have had, I am sure that the same can be said for them.

Tunde Oyewole
Of Counsel, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

“I loved my experience as a teacher. I was a pretty green chess player, but the Chess Center taught me the game, how to teach, and I had the pleasure of working with wonderful children. It was probably the most rewarding work experience  I’ve ever had.”



Eric Grynaviski
Associate Professor, Georgetown University

“When I joined the Chess Center, my enthusiasm for chess far outpaced my understanding of the game. Thankfully, my new coworkers were more than willing to help me learn. Teaching chess was the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. And, once it was time for me to move on to my next step in life, management took a genuine interest in aiding me with grad school applications and references.

Will Eager
Implementation Manager / Consultant

Job Description


  • Full-time position (averaging approximately 40 hours per week)
  • Has responsibility for teaching chess and carrying out administrative functions of the U.S. Chess Center under the direction of the Executive Director.
  • Will include evening and some weekend hours

  • Teach chess at schools, the U.S. Chess Center, and other places (both in-person and online), primarily to children but, as needed, also to adults. Chess teachers are expected to learn and use the Chess Center’s procedures and proven instructional methods; new teachers will be taught by existing staff.
  • Communicate with parents/students as needed about chess classes and progress.
  • Liaison with PTAs/PTOs and school staff as needed.
  • Undertake related responsibilities as needed or as assigned by the Executive Director.

  • Experience with kids
  • Enjoy playing chess
  • Fluency in English and deep understanding of American culture
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Desire to learn our proven methods of teaching chess
  • Personal transportation
  • Dependability and maturity
  • Health insurance (medical, dental, and/or vision available for full-time employees)
  • Holidays and paid time off (generally we follow the ‘school calendar’ but also offer evening, weekend, and summer programs