Civic Educator (Program Instructor)

Washington D.C. Our headquarters are in Alexandria, VA, but Program Instructors work across DC area.
Salary is $2,643/month plus meals on program, transportation subsidy, medical and dental benefits
Jan 07, 2019
Feb 11, 2019
Education, Nonprofit
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time

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. Program Instructors will 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 facilitating issue-based debates.

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.

The Program Instructor schedule is not your standard nine to five work week. Each week will mirror 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.

We are currently hiring for a contract period of February 7, 2019 - July 29, 2019 with options for earlier end dates. Beyond the initial contract, there is room for growth at the Foundation. The salary is $2,643 per month plus benefits. Also offered are all program meals and the opportunity to receive a free graduate credit upon completion of the contract with an accompanying research paper. Program Instructors are provided 120 hours of paid training in our curriculum, methodology and programming followed by on-going professional development.

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 850,000 students over 45 years through a “once-in-a-lifetime” Close Up experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in political science, history, education, social science or related field)
  • Passion for working with diverse students in grades 6-12
  • 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

Applicants must submit a cover letter and résumé. Please address cover letter to Katie Whitmire, Manager of Student Programs. Selected candidates must provide proof of undergraduate degree prior to start date and submit to a criminal background check. 

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