Teacher Program Specialist
The Teacher Program Specialist (TPS) will deliver professional development programs for secondary school teachers traveling to Washington, D.C. with their students. The TPS will lead site visits to historic sites, museums and national parks, and will share background information and instructional strategies for connecting those sites to current events. To be considered for this position, candidates must be able to conduct historical interpretation, lead discussion groups, be a self-starter, and work well with diverse communities of adults. Excellent oral communication and customer service skills are imperative. Candidates should be passionate about US history – particularly the colonial and Civil War eras -- and have an in-depth knowledge of the greater Washington area. A Master’s degree and classroom teaching experience is preferred, but strong candidates with a BA or BS will be considered. This position has a non-traditional work schedule, with evening and weekend hours required. Out-of-town day-trips to Williamsburg, Annapolis, Philadelphia and/or Gettysburg will take place on a weekly basis. This is an ideal job for a candidate to get a great introduction to the civic education nonprofit world!
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Represent the Close Up Foundation and its civic mission to all constituents of the program including: students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the Washington, D.C. professional community
- Welcome and greet teachers and students upon their arrival in Washington. Assist with hotel registration and check-in. Answer logistical and programmatic questions and advise student groups how best to spend free time in Washington.
- Conduct a teacher orientation and serve as the primary point of contact for teachers and adult participants throughout their program week. Act as a liaison between teachers and staff implementing the Student Program.
- Conduct professional development for teachers by delivering presentations and facilitating discussion about colonial sites, Civil War battlefields, and historic homes, and relating them to Close Up’s overall civic mission.
- Facilitate group meals and other non-academic components of program
- Maintain daily expense records and account for the expenditure of funds.
- Conduct administrative duties related to program implementation and provide office support.
Required Skills and Attributes
- Ability to implement the academic and logistical components of Teacher Program, including bus presentations, walking workshops and group meals
- Ability to lead discussions and deliver presentations on American history and politics, the history of Washington, D.C., and current events
- Ability to work under pressure and time constraints as part of a close-knit team
- Must have excellent organizational and communication skills and possess a friendly, positive demeanor.
- Must demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service
- Knowledge of social networking and MS Office applications
- Must be in good physical shape and feel comfortable walking long distances, climbing stairs, walking backwards, standing and talking on moving busses, and occasionally lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds. While performing this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in American History, Political Science or a related social science. At least one year of teaching experience and/or experience as a historical interpreter required. Graduate degree preferred. Adult training, teaching and/or professional development training background appreciated.
This position is a full-time, part year position that will run on a 3 month contract.