Company Overview | 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.
Position Overview | The Program Assistant provides support to Close Up’s program staff in caring for the well-being of our middle and high school student participants. They are in the field working closely with Program Leaders to meet emergent needs of participants on our programs. Get to know Washington, DC, like the back of your hand, with opportunities to travel to New York City, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, and Gettysburg.
- Manage healthcare concerns of students under the direction of Program Leaders and our medical care partners.
- Supervise, escort, and/or monitor students in need of medical care and deliver palliative care as directed.
- Assist students with dietary needs in finding proper meals.
- Record all instances of reported medical concerns and keep records updated.
- Support program via administrative tasks including counting/sorting of program materials.
- Assist program staff as needed with the smooth operation of program.
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- At least 21 years of age.
- Authorization to work in U.S. for any employer.
- Willingness to submit to a criminal background screening and professional reference check.
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination as required by company policy.
Other (Preferred) Qualifications
- Experience caring for people with healthcare needs.
- Enjoy and are comfortable interacting with middle and high school students, their guardians and healthcare professionals.
- Exhibit patience, understanding, approachability, and flexibility while supporting students who are not feeling well and are away from home.
- Ability to communicate in a direct and sensitive fashion.
- Ability to remain calm under pressure, manage stress and balance others.
- Ability to complete an expense report.
- Professional demeanor and strong work ethic.
- Capable of keeping 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.
- Familiarity with Washington, DC.
Scheduled Hours | This position is full-time, part-year (seasonal). The current contract period is through June 23, 2023. Shifts will vary per week based on program running. Full Time Program Assistants will work 30-40 hours per week, with some opportunity for overtime. Program Assistant shifts reflect the program schedules that we are running and needs of any given week. Typical shifts include Monday 8:30am-8:30pm, Tuesday 8am-8pm, Wednesday 10am-10pm or 7am-10pm, and Thursday 8am-8pm or 9am-5pm. There will be some shifts available on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Compensation and Benefits | The hourly rate is $15.00 and all meals are provided while working program. Those who complete their contract will be awarded a $500 completion bonus. In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, Close Up provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes three robust medical insurance plans, dental insurance, and vision discount (more than 90% of the premiums are company paid). Close Up pays 100% of the premiums for both life/AD&D insurance and short- and long-term disability insurance, and offers flexible spending and dependent care accounts, a 403(b) retirement savings program, sick leave, cell phone stipend, metro subsidy or free garage parking, and a positive work environment.
Work Conditions and Physical Demands | Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time; Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another; Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly; Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound; Visual acuity: Performing an activity such as preparing and analyzing data; viewing a computer terminal; reading; Environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside, potentially in extreme heat or cold, at times at a high noise level.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume.
No phone calls or recruiters, please.
Close Up Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer