Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

About the Institute

Senate Education Staff are responsible for assisting in the facilitation of the Institute’s nationally-recognized Senate Immersion Module program, including semi-scripted role-playing of party whips, expert witnesses, Senate staffers, and others. Staff also perform roles as current and historical Senators in live theatrical program and conduct floor interpretation experiences with school groups, adult groups, and general visitors.

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Senate Education Staff are responsible for assisting in the facilitation of the Institute’s nationally-recognized Senate Immersion Module program, including semi-scripted role-playing of party whips, expert witnesses, Senate staffers, and others. Staff also perform roles as current and historical Senators in live theatrical programs, including Today’s Vote (contemporary legislation), Great Senate Debates (historic legislation and oratory), and Future Senator (elementary school program). Senate Education Staff also conduct floor interpretation experiences with school groups, adult groups, and general visitors. This is a part-time per diem position with a flexible schedule.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Facilitate and assist in Senate Immersion Module program
  • Perform roles as needed in both historic and contemporary Senate Immersion Module, Great Senate Debates, Today’s Vote, Future Senator, and other role-playing and immersive experiences
  • Ensure that the standards of excellence set by the Kennedy Institute are reflected in the daily presentation of the Senate Immersion Module, tours, interpretation, and other programs
  • Participate in ongoing training to ensure consistent quality of performances

Qualifications and Skills

  • High school diploma or equivalency required. Experience with cultural organizations, museums, or hands-on learning environments preferred
  • Must have good overall attendance, work ethic, and attitude to work as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm to educate and inspire the next generation of American leaders
  • Should have a passion for conveying U.S. Senate history to diverse audiences and communities
  • An interest in civics, democracy, and making a difference in the lives of young people is helpful
  • Creative, engaging personality with the ability to exhibit the gravitas necessary for performing particular roles in Institute programs
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with students or adults in a hands-on learning environment or living history setting
  • Ability to communicate skillfully with people of varying ages, language skills, and physical abilities
  • Ability to interpret and apply the information you learn
  • Fluency in English, strong verbal skills, and ability to communicate clearly and engagingly with guests and colleagues (Fluency in Spanish is a plus)
  • Ability to effectively engage Institute guests, present information and respond to questions from like-age and mixed-age groups of all ages
  • Maintain a professional work attitude and act with the highest standards of respect and courtesy
  • The ability to think on one’s feet to troubleshoot issues that may arise in working with large groups of students
  • An interest in and basic working knowledge of politics, government, and the legislative process
  • Comfort working in a collaborative, technology-based environment
  • Experience working with varied audiences: students, teachers, faculty, administrator, state and local officials in role play, educational, or museum learning environments
  • Foster a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in working with all institute colleagues, volunteers, and interns
  • Willingness and ability to work some nights and weekends as necessary
  • Availability on weekday mornings, particularly Thursday and Friday preferred (staff can expect to work 8-16 hrs a week depending on the Institute’s programming schedule)
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check is required
  • Ideal Candidate
    At least 1 year of relevant work experience preferred, some of which should be in a hands-on learning environment, school setting, or working directly with students in an educational or performance setting. Previous public speaking, improvisational, or theatre background is a plus.

    Please email resume and cover letter to resumes@emkinstitute.org, with the title “Senate Education Staff” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. The Institute does not retain external search firms. No solicitation calls will be entertained.

    The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.