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Internal Application: Adaptive Learning Product Manager

Digital Content | New York, NY | Temporary

Job Description


Sesame Workshop is looking to hire an Adaptive Learning Product Manager.  The Product Manager is the operational lead for Sesame Workshop’s Adaptive Learning partnership with IBM.  The role is responsible both for the day-to-day management of the relationship as well as making critical contributions to the longer term plan and success of the partnership.  Key qualifications are a focus on and drive to results, ability to manage multiple stakeholders across internal and external boundaries, and sufficient technical knowledge to comprehend and document innovative adaptive products, as well as direct the work of engineers.  Please note: This job is a contract/temporary role.



  • Lead multiple weekly meetings with Sesame’s counterparts at IBM; set and communicate agenda, keep the team focused and productive, ensure capture of significant points and conclusions
  • Drive for results; ensure that all deadlines are met and overall project stays within budget; be highly proactive in working cross-functionally to achieve goals communicated by governance team
  • Serve as point-of-contact and liaison for multiple touchpoints and work streams relating to the IBM/Sesame partnership; assist PR, Events, Marketing and other departments as needed
  • Contribute ideas, knowledge, and solutions to both conceptual and technical aspects of product/service planning and development
  • Ensure a focus on user-oriented solutions that balance educational rigor, technical innovation, and highly engaging content
  • Solicit input from key stakeholders (e.g., education and research teams) to ensure proper curriculum focus, educational value, and brand cohesion
  • Create content and technical plans, system architectures, wireframes, production schedules, status reports, and presentation decks
  • Facilitate aggressive timelines and proactively address bottlenecks



  • 5+ years of experience leading the development of innovative and technologically-driven products and services
  • Significant exposure to kids’ media and/or non-profits is strongly suggested
  • Strong leadership and communication skills (verbal and written) are required, as is some coding experience (Unity, HTML5, C++ preferred)
  • General understanding of cognitive computing, machine learning, natural language processing, web, mobile and console platforms, interactive production, best practices, and industry developments
  • Possessing a passion for children’s media and education is a plus