Program Instructor

Close Up Foundation

About the organization

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.


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.

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.

We are currently hiring for a contract period of January 2, 2020- July 31, 2020. Beyond the initial contract, there is room for growth at the Foundation. Benefits include all meals on program, Medical, Dental and Life Insurance, and a transportation subsidy. We also offer the opportunity to earn a free graduate credit upon completion of the contract with an accompanying research paper. Program Instructors are provided 120 hours of paid pre-program training in our curriculum, methodology and programing in addition to on-going professional development.


•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
•Capable of keeping up with the intensity of the Program schedule, hopping on and off buses
throughout the day, preparing and leading daily program components, and coordinating the
movement of a large group of students on all program activities in the Washington, D.C. area and
other program locations


$1,343.33 paid twice a month

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Katie Whitmire at [email protected] Selected candidates must provide proof of undergraduate degree prior to start date and submit to a criminal background check.

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