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 deliberations. Throughout the day, Program Instructors hop on and off buses, coordinating the movement of large groups of students on all program activities in the Washington, D.C. area and other program locations. They have direct contact with students who may not have received a COVID-19 vaccination; therefore, Program Instructors wear masks and practice other COVID-19 safety precautions as required by company policy.

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, 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, Philadelphia and other historic sites.

We are currently hiring for a contract period of October 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.


-Bachelor’s degree (preferably in political science, history, education, social science or
related field)
-Passion for working with diverse students in grade 6-12
-Interest in current public policy issues, history, politics, government and experiential
-Demonstrated proficiency with public speaking as evidenced by teaching a short lesson
during the interview
-Authorized to work in the U.S. for any employer
-Proof of COVID-19 vaccination as required by company policy
-Willingness to submit to a post-offer criminal background check according to federal regulations


$1400 bi-monthly, $650 contract completion bonus & benefits

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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