Program Leader

Close Up Foundation
  • Location
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 09

Position description

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. We reach about 25,000 participants annually through our in-person, placed-based programming, teacher professional development, virtual programs, and classroom curriculum.

The Program Leader is passionate about working with diverse students in grades 6-12 in a residential week-long academic program. As the manager of the program, the Program Leader balances the many needs of program by ensuring the safety of participants, maintaining the academic integrity of program, managing program staff and working cross functionally within the organization and external vendors to provide excellent customer service to our participants and to respond to emergent problems on program. As part of the Program Leaders Team, they recruit, hire, help train and manage a staff of Program Instructors. Program Leaders stay up to date on Close Up Curriculum and work with Coaching & Training Specialists to develop their staffs. Program Leaders utilize their expertise of curriculum and program to contribute to the overall design and execution of program. While not on program, Program Leaders assist on projects and tasks that facilitate program implementation and generally further Foundation goals. Program Leaders have direct contact with participants who may not have received a COVID-19 vaccination, therefore, Program Leaders wear masks and practice other COVID-19 safety precautions as required by company policy.


Minimum Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university (preferably in political science, history, 
education, social science or related field)
-At least one year of experience delivering and/or managing programs and/or a team.
-Passion for working with diverse students in grades 6-12
-Strategic thinker who can prioritize multiple tasks at once and use sound judgement in decision 
making process
-Ability to prepare for and react to challenging situations with program participants and staff
-Willingness to travel for program responsibilities
-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 

Other Qualifications:

-Familiarity with Washington, D.C.
-Interest in current public policy issues, history, politics, government and experiential education
-Excellent Communication Skills including speaking and presentation skills
-Attention to Detail and organized
-Experience in a school, camp, or other educational setting
-Calm under pressure and ability to manage stress and balance needs of others
-Management Experience

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