Chess Coach and Operations Fellow

Job Type

Full Time


Details: $30,000



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1330 Fifth Avenue
New York
New York
United States


Context: Harlem Academy is an independent school (Grades 1 – 8) where the highest standards for academic rigor and character inspire lifelong learning, thoughtful citizenship, and upward mobility. The school offers merit-based admissions, cultivates strong family partnerships, and ensures its economic diversity by meeting all demonstrated need for tuition support. Harlem Academy is an accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools, an accredited member of the Schools That Can network, and a gold medal winner of the New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Please visit for more information.  

Job Summary: The Chess Coach and Operations Fellow (CCOF) will work directly with the Family Partnership and Operations Director in three capacities: 1) lead the extracurricular chess program, 2) support school operations and technology, and 3) provide program support by supervising non-academic periods. This role is a unique combination of direct involvement with the program and school administration, and it provides an opportunity for growth in both fields.

The Chess Program began five years ago, serves students of all ages and skill levels, and includes regular opportunities for interscholastic competition. The program is structured to both develop competitive chess skills and foster leadership, sportsmanship, focus, and other applicable skills. The CCOF would be responsible for both daily instruction and program leadership.

The Operations Team takes collective responsibility for maintaining and improving upon all school operations that support academic and extracurricular programs. The CCOF would be primarily involved in the school’s technology needs: daily issue resolution (tech support), implementation of infrastructure improvements, and student data analysis. Basic technological competence is required.

Program Support responsibilities would include leading groups of students in co-curricular activities such as recess, lunch, and study hall. The CCOF will work with teachers and Division Directors to maintain high expectations for student behavior during this time.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Commitment to the school’s mission and a professional work ethic
  • Demonstrable skill in communication, organization, leadership, and independent problem solving
  • Significant chess experience required, experience in instruction preferred
  • Basic technology proficiency, with more advanced skills preferred
  • Experience in a school or child-care setting preferred but not required


Compensation: Harlem Academy offers a challenging and supportive work environment, leadership and professional growth opportunities, health benefits, and a fellowship salary of $30,000. Fellows are asked to commit to two years and often have opportunities for advancement within the organization. The first-year position begins in August 2018, with daily responsibilities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and occasional work outside of regular hours. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply: Applicants are asked to submit via electronic mail an introduction letter and resume to Jeremy Kallan at (subject line: Operations Fellow and Chess Coach). Cover letter should be no more than one page and should describe your capacity for contribution to specific areas of the school.

Harlem Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or ancestry, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or any non-job related physical or mental disability. Furthermore, we value and respect all types of diversity and strongly encourage applicants from traditionally marginalized groups to apply.