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Program Instructor

 Program Instructor 

Company Overview | Close Up’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. As a non-profit/non-partisan leader in civic education since 1971, we believe that a strong democracy requires active and informed participation by all citizens; therefore we seek to reach participants of every race, creed, geographical community, socio-economic level, and academic standing.

Position Overview | Program Instructors engage Middle and High School students from across the United States in controversial public policy discussions while using the nation’s capital as our classroom. They lead students through a life-changing educational experience which includes historic sites, iconic monuments and memorials, Smithsonian museums, meetings with elected officials and key public policy experts, as well as facilitate multi-partisan issue-based debates.

Scheduled Hours | The Program Instructor schedule is not a standard nine-to-five work week.
  • Each week mirrors the program schedule to which an Instructor is assigned, generally a 55-hour week
  • Program schedules typically run from 8am through 10pm most days, and programs usually start late afternoon on Sundays and run through Thursday night.
  • Most programs are based in Washington, D.C. but there are opportunities to travel to New York City, Florida, Texas and other historic sites.
Contract Dates, Compensation & Benefits | Beyond the initial contract, there is room for growth at the Foundation.
  • We are currently hiring for a contract period of January 2, 2020 - July 31, 2020.
  • The salary before tax is $1,343.33 paid twice a month, typically on the 7th and 22nd day of the month.
  • Benefits include medical, dental and life insurance with low cost premiums.
  • Free parking and/or mass transit subsidy is available and all program meals are provided.
  • 120 hours of paid pre-program training in our curriculum, methodology and programing followed by on-going professional development.
  • The opportunity to earn a free graduate credit upon completion of the contract with an accompanying research paper is available.
Responsibilities | The Program Instructor prepares and leads daily program components. They hop on and off buses throughout the day, coordinating the movement of a large group of students on all program activities in the Washington, D.C. area and other program locations.

Qualifications | Candidates will be asked to teach a short lesson as part of the interview process.
  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in political science, history, education, social science or related field)
  • Passion for working with diverse students in grades 6-12
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. for any employer
  • Interest in current public policy issues, history, politics, government and experiential education
  • Ability to keep up with the intensity of the Program schedule

If you are excited about the prospect of becoming a Program Instructor, we welcome you to apply and explore how you can be part of an amazing network of Program Instructors who have led more than 900,000 students over 45 years through a once-in-a-lifetime Close Up experience.

To apply, submit an email to explaining why you’d make a great Program Instructor and attach your résumé. Only candidates selected to interview will be contacted. Employment offers are contingent upon receipt of proof of undergraduate degree and a favorable criminal background check.