Thank you for your interest in joining the Close Up team to inform, inspire, and empower young people to embrace the rights of being active citizens in our democracy. Close Up endeavors to attract and retain top-quality talent in order to guarantee excellent service to our customers. How do we achieve this? By providing an environment that challenges, motivates and equips you with the tools necessary to succeed. If you're looking for job satisfaction, excellent benefits, and professional development, Close Up is where you want to be.

Our Benefits

In addition to our fun and rewarding environment, Close Up offers a number of benefits for our core staff (full-time, full-year):

  • Competitive Salary & Growth Potential
  • Paid Annual & Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays (10 per year)
  • Health/Vision/Dental Coverage (premiums mostly paid by Close Up)
  • Life Insurance/AD&D, 4x salary (100% of premiums paid by Close Up)
  • Short & Long Term Disability Coverage (100% of premiums paid by Close Up)
  • Transportation Subsidy (Metro-accessible)
  • 403 (B) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical & Dependent Care
  • Direct Deposit
  • Free Gym Access

Benefits packages differ between employee classes and may not include all of the above benefits for every position.

Open Positions

Night Monitor

The Night Monitor is responsible for assisting the Senior Night Monitor in maintaining safety and decorum of participants who are staying at designated Close Up hotels. Scheduled work hours are between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, unless otherwise stated.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists the Senior Night Monitor and program staff in maintaining decorum by patrolling and monitoring student lounges, hallways, lobby, stairwells and hotel environs as required.
  • Performs nightly student room checks.
  • Monitors student adherence to Close Up rules and policies.
  • Reports any problems, concerns and/or emergencies immediately to the Senior Night Monitor.
  • Submits an accurate timesheet online biweekly.
  • Arrives promptly at hotel with correct uniform and ID badge.
  • May include other duties as assigned by Program Services Manager.

How to Apply
Candidates who meet our qualifications are encouraged to apply. Please click on this link to view the postings for this job and to apply.

Program Instructor (PI)

Summary of Position:

Program Instructors work as a team of educators to deliver a variety of on-site based programing for High School and Middle School students from across the United States. As a non-profit/non-partisan leader in civic education since 1971, Close Up’s mission is to provide student’s from all backgrounds an inside look into the history of the United States, how our government works, and the roles individual citizen can play in our democracy. Primarily using Washington, D.C. as a classroom, Program Instructors will lead students through a program week designed to complement many civics, government and history classroom learning objectives. Every program is designed to incorporate best practices in teaching to engage students in contemporary key public policy discussions using a combination of on-site visits to historic monuments and memorials, meetings with elected officials and key public policy experts, as well as facilitating student workshops (classroom type activities).

The Program Instructor schedule is not a typical nine to five work week. Instead each week will mirror the program schedule to which an Instructor is assigned, ranging from 60 hour weeks to 40 hour a week. Program schedules typically run from 8 am through 10 pm most days, and programs typically start late afternoon on Sundays and run through Thursdays. We are currently hiring for contracts that run from Jan. 2nd through June 16th.

The Program Instructor salary is $600 a week plus benefits. Benefits include all program scheduled meals, $120 a month in free Metro benefits, Medical, Dental, Life, and the opportunity to receive a free Graduate Credit upon completion of the contract with an accompanying research paper.

Program Instructors will also be provided 120 hours of paid pre-program training, in additional to having on-going professional development support during the entire contract. Successful Program Instructors are also highly encouraged to return to Close Up in a variety of different capacities for another program season, as well as strongly encouraged to apply for different positions throughout the Foundation to support our mission. Close Up will also provide support for successful Program Instructors who might look for other employment opportunities at the end of their contract.

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 an “once-in-a-lifetime” Close Up experience.


  • Must have a bachelor’s degree (preferably in political science, history, education, social science or related field);
  • Be capable of keeping up with the intensity of the Program (early morning to late evening), 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.

Candidates who meet our qualifications are encouraged to apply. Please click on this link to view the postings for this job and to apply.


The Registrar is responsible for registering participants, providing excellent customer service, assigning room numbers, computer data entry, printing reports, and communicating efficiently and effectively with Close Up Program Leaders. Scheduled work hours vary but usually last the entire day and are generally on weekends.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greets the participants in a friendly manner
  • Distributes participant nametags, schedules, and Close Up memorabilia.
  • Works together with Concierge staff to ensure all participants feel welcome by demonstrating excellent customer service skills.
  • Coordinates with the hotel front desk and distributes room keys to participants in an orderly fashion.
  • Inputs information into Close Up’s database system to be printed and distributed to the Close Up program staff, Night Monitors and hotel front desk employees.
  • Communicates any problems or concerns to the Close Up program staff at the hotel.
  • Submits an accurate timesheet each week.
  • Arrives promptly at hotel with correct uniform and ID badge.
  • Travel to their assigned Close Up hotel.

How to Apply
Candidates who meet our qualifications are encouraged to apply. Please click on this link to view the postings for this job and to apply.

Sales Representative

A Close Up Sales Representative will be responsible for managing customer relationships with educators and community leaders and have full responsibility for achieving planned sales goals within their defined territory. Reps will execute the full sales cycle from prospecting to closing business while reporting to a Regional Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Actively manage and grow a dedicated sales territory that includes a large, pre-existing customer base.
  • Prospect and identify new leads through a variety of generation activities, including cold calling and travel.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with current and new accounts; cultivating respect, support, and business partnerships.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of Close Up and our offerings through interdepartmental communication and training.
  • Achieve and exceed annual sales objectives and quotas.

Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
  • At least two years of successful sales experience or similar related experience
  • High level of ownership, accountability, and initiative
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Prior experience in education and/or knowledge of CRM preferred
  • Ability to travel required

How to Apply
Candidates who meet our qualifications are encouraged to apply. Must submit a cover letter, along with your resume to Subject line should show "ESR". Submissions must contain both components to be considered.

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.

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
  • 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 three month contract.

How to Apply
Candidates who meet our qualifications are encouraged to apply. Please click on this link to view the postings for this job and to apply.










Close Up is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability.


"Without a doubt I have one of the most important and rewarding jobs in our country. Every week we inspire students to become active participants in our government and I get to watch the students grow into informed and engaged citizens with a new found passion for their civic responsibility. This job has enabled me to become more optimistic and inspired about the future of our country."

   – Andrew, Close Up Instructor
Educating for democracy since 1971