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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

Co-Manager of Student Programs

Paid training for this position begins on February 7, 2019.

Company Overview: Close Up Foundation’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. We believe that the best way to build political efficacy in young people is through engaging them in controversial public policy discussions where they are exposed to all views on the political spectrum.

Position Overview: The Co-Manager of Student Programs is a strong culture and relationship builder who actively engages and builds relationships with Close Up staff, ensuring that each program retains academic integrity by meeting its stated mission and goals. S/he will work closely with the Director of Curriculum & Student Programs and other department leaders to work on long-term planning and immediate responses to ensure the quality of programs and the experience of participants.

Primary Responsibilities
Program life moves very quickly. The Co-Manager of Student Programs can expect to be faced with a variety of complex situations simultaneously and must prioritize based on importance and urgency.

  • Supervise various members of the Curriculum team (program leaders, senior program instructors, program instructors), as many as 70 staffers during a typical program season (5 direct reports, 65 second level reports).
  • Develop meaningful relationships with staffers to ensure a high level of trust and engagement.
  • Provide on-call and on-site assistance to resolve a variety of issues while students are on program.
  • Maintain continuous evaluation and feedback to program staffers for professional development.
  • Serve as backup to the co-management counterpart who oversees program logistics and the safety and security of student participants.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • At least three (3) years’ supervisory experience in a school, camp, or other educational setting
  • Expertise with coaching/mentoring early career staffers, performance management, employee relations, crisis/conflict management, and team building
  • Authorization to work in U.S. for any employer
  • Willingness to submit to a criminal background screening and professional reference check

Other (Preferred) Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Washington, DC
  • Camp or residential life experience
  • Mastery, experience, and passion relating to and working with middle and high school students
  • Exceptional planning, prioritization and execution skills
  • Ability to communicate in a direct and sensitive fashion with all stakeholders
  • Calm under pressure and ability to manage stress and balance others
  • Energetic and possessed of stamina and endurance
  • Professional demeanor and strong work ethic
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently as well as lead, support and encourage a team

Benefits
Health and Dental Insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Vacation & Sick Leave, Short/Long-term and Life/AD&D Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, On-site Gym, Free Parking, Metro Subsidy, Metro Accessible Location (Braddock Road), Business Casual Attire, Great Colleagues

To Apply
Complete employment application here, upload résumé AND cover letter expressing interest.

 

 

 

 

 

Night Monitor

Company Overview: Close Up Foundation’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. We believe that the best way to build political efficacy in young people is through engaging them in controversial public policy discussions where they are exposed to all views on the political spectrum.

Position Overview: 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.

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

Qualifications

  • Authorization to work in U.S. for any employer
  • Willingness to submit to a criminal background screening and professional reference check

To Apply
Complete employment application here and upload résumé.

Program Instructors

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. Beyond the initial contract, there is room for growth at the Foundation. The salary is $2,643 per month plus benefits including transportation subsidy. 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 pre-program 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.


Qualifications

  • 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.

Apply here.

 

 

 

 

 

Registrar

Company Overview: Close Up Foundation’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. We believe that the best way to build political efficacy in young people is through engaging them in controversial public policy discussions where they are exposed to all views on the political spectrum.

Position Overview: 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.

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
  • Travels to assigned Close Up hotel

Qualifications

  • Authorization to work in U.S. for any employer
  • Willingness to submit to a criminal background screening and professional reference check

To Apply
Complete employment application here and upload résumé.

Student Needs Assistant

Student Needs Assistants manage the healthcare concerns of students on Close Up’s programs based mostly in Washington, D.C. They work under the direction of Program Leaders and our medical care partners to ensure students get the medical and non-medical care and assistance they need to make a speedy recovery and rejoin our academic program.

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.

Contract Dates & Schedule
This is a contract position from February 14, 2019 - June 14, 2019 with the opportunity for contract renewal. The Student Needs Assistant schedule is not a standard nine to five work week. Each week will mirror the program schedule to which you are assigned, typically a 48-hour week. Generally, this will be 8am-8pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 10am-10pm on Wednesdays, however, you may be asked to arrive earlier or stay later than those times. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are generally your days off, but there may be a few weeks where your hours are spread across Monday through Friday. There are also a number of weeks when we offer a 2-day New York City program that provides our Student Needs Assistant with the exciting opportunity to enjoy the city while working with students and receive an additional stipend.

Benefits & Compensation

  • Salary is $2,491 per month payable semi-monthly; additional compensation for New York City programs
  • All scheduled program meals and metro subsidy up to $120/month
  • Paid training including CPR/AED and First Aid Certification
  • Medical, dental, and life insurance


Responsibilities

  • Manage the overall safety and well-being of students who need medical care; follow student program and be available to assist any students who may become ill.
  • Assist in transporting students, liaise with Georgetown Medical Professionals to triage students’ concerns, and deliver the palliative care directed by nurses and doctors to get the students quickly returned to the academic program.
  • Escort students to a pharmacy for medicine, schedule doctor’s appointments and take students to the doctor, and return with students to the hotel for rest.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Ability to work flexible hours and work days
  • Ability to physically keep up with the intensity of the program schedule, hopping on and off buses throughout the day, and coordinating the movement of students on all program activities in the Washington, DC area and other program locations.
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. for any employer
  • Willing to undergo a criminal background check prior to employment


Other Qualifications

  • Passion for working with diverse students in grades 6-12
  • Exhibit patience, understanding, approachability, and flexibility to comfort ill students while away from home


Application Information
Apply here. Only applications with a cover letter AND résumé will be considered.

 

 


Close Up is an Employer of National Service.

We support service to community, with national & international impact, & the ability to make a difference. As an organization committed to making Peace Corps stronger, and a partner of the National Peace Corps Association, we give special consideration to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. People of color and women are encouraged to apply.

Close Up Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, and other legally protected characteristics.

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"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