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Job Req ID:  2014

CTY Online Programs Instructor - Chess

Classified title: CTY DE Instructor

Working title: CTY Online Programs Instructor - Chess

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB

Starting Salary Range: $21.00 - $24.15 per hour

Employee group: Casual

Location: Telecommute

Schedule: Work hours and schedule will vary, and may include evenings and weekends

Employee subgroup: Exempt

Department name: Distance Education

Personnel area: DE Math Science Computer Science


General Description


The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world. We provide today’s brightest students with fun, challenging courses; a community of engaged learners; and a strong foundation for future success in college and their careers. Want to join our team? We’re looking for mission-driven problem-solvers who can thrive in CTY’s diverse, collaborative, fast-paced, and results-driven work environment. We value innovation, creativity, integrity, and a shared commitment to the bright young people we serve.


The CTY Online Programs Chess Instructor will be responsible for teaching the Introduction to Chess online course. 


Note: This position is not benefits eligible


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Promptly replying to emails, providing detailed feedback on exams according to a rubric
  • Arranging & holding live review sessions with students and actively checking in on all assigned students.
  • Phone calls to parents and schools are required.
  • Monitor student progress and assist students in accomplishing established learning objectives.
  • Interact independently with students using distance education technologies, primarily Moodle, Adobe Connect, Skype and e-mail.
  • Provide timely feedback to students and their parents on coursework and progress.
  • Communicate with students, parents, IT, program administrators and supervisor to resolve any course related issues.
  • Submit hours worked via established system according to schedule provided by CTY.
  • Additional duties include assisting with the development of course related materials;  updating and developing curriculum; participating in new course development; working closely with program managers on course related issues; and working as a team member to provide support to other CTYOnline instructors, as necessary.
  • Collaborative relationships with the Senior Program Manager of Mathematics, supervisors, and CTYOnline administrators and staff.

  • Frequent contact with students, schools, and parents via telephone, email, and web-based virtual meeting room software.




Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university with two years’ chess teaching/tutoring experience. Additional (graduate) education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU Equivalency Formula. 


JHU Equivalency Formula: 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Willingness, desire, and ability to positively engage in daily communication with students, parents, and schools. Successful experience in tutoring and instruction of chess.
  • Ability to quickly learn new software as needed
  • Positive, proactive, and professional written and spoken communication skills using various technology.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be very student-oriented.
  • Familiarity with online course management systems and Microsoft Office Suite, and proficiency with Gmail & related Google Apps as well as the ability to find and use free online tools related to each course.
  • Must have a computer with broadband Internet access.
  • Familiarity with Online education technologies a plus, such as Moodle, Adobe Connect and Skype.
  • Familiarity with online course management systems and Microsoft Office Suite, and proficiency with Gmail & related Google Apps as well as the ability to find and use free online tools related to the course.


Additional Information:


  • Applicants must be authorized to work and be based in the US. 
  • All employees participating in or serving children in University programs must participate in mandatory Child Abuse Prevention online training on the appropriate conduct around children, protecting children from abuse and neglect, and reporting of known or suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • CTY Online Programs offers students in grades preK-12 challenging academic coursework throughout the year. For more information, please visit: 

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