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New York Edge Chess Specialist in New York, New York


New York Edge is the largest provider of after school and summer camp programs in New York City public schools. Each year, programs in academics--including STEM, the arts, sports & wellness, and college access help 40,000 students develop leadership skills and succeed in school. Click here to see us in action ( . Working parents count on our programs to provide safe and enriching environments for their children.


New York Edge is seeking a passionate, knowledgeable, and reliable individual to fill the role of Chess Specialist. In this part time role, you will be responsible for facilitating and engaging young people in Chess in one of our after school program across the five boroughs.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Building a classroom culture in which scholars develop a love for chess and enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills;

  • Plans lessons, projects and units for use in the after school program and ensure the successful execution and implementation of these plans.

  • Teaching a rigorous chess curriculum to participants that begins with chess basics and progresses to checkmate patterns and tactics;

  • Coaching and developing a team of participants to compete in city, state, and national chess tournaments;

  • Coordinating and leading family chess nights and internal network chess tournaments

  • Engaging in training and collaborating with chess specialists across the organization to benefit from targeted feedback and professional development related to instruction and content.

  • Engaging youth in the following areas through the arts: critical thinking, evaluation, and risk-taking

  • Adapting teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.

  • Promotes positive character development in all youth

  • Coordinate subject related trips, guest speakers, special events, scrimmages, tournaments and college trips

Required skills:

  • Able demonstrate all of the basic rules of chess: Movement of the pieces including all the conditions of castling, checkmate, check, all the conditions of a drawn game, how to properly set up a chess set and including En Passant.

  • Able to teach the principles and basic strategies of the three phases of the chess game (opening, middle game and endgame).

  • Knowledge of tactics, positions, openings, endgames, gambits, traps and mates

  • Have a positive attitude and follows directions.

  • Relates to children, members and other staff in a positive manner.

  • Ability to plan and initiate age appropriate games and activities.


  • High school diploma

  • Minimum of two years of chess related skill, knowledge, or experience is required.

  • Tournament experience a plus

  • Have teaching experience with a record of propelling student’s understanding and love of chess

  • Must have passion for New York Edge’s mission and demonstrated interest in the field of education and youth development.

  • Able to work late afternoons and/or evenings. After-School hours can span from 2:30pm-6:00pm, with most programs running from 3-6pm.

  • Experience working with children of multiple intelligences and differentiated learning styles

Covid-19 Related Requirements:

  • Must have proof of Vaccination against the Covid-19 virus.

  • Must be willing to adhere to all federal, state, and local guidelines, policies, and mandates as it pertains to Covid-19 including but not limited to wearing PPE and remaining socially distant when possible.

To apply, please visit our website at

At time of offer and acceptance, the job requires safety and security clearances through the Department of Education and Department of Health.

New York Edge is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Disclaimer: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.