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Advocacy and Communications Manager

International Social Impact | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is looking for an Advocacy and Communications Manager to manage advocacy activities and coordinate advocacy communications for its humanitarian programs.  Sesame Workshop was recently awarded two large grants to support early childhood development programming in humanitarian settings, specifically reaching refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq.  The position will be focused on supporting the advocacy-related objectives of those programs, leveraging research results and programmatic outcomes to promote broader support for early childhood development in humanitarian settings.  The position is based in New York City at our headquarters.

The Manager will be tasked with seeking out advocacy opportunities to achieve the strategic goals of the program and supporting advocacy efforts across a wide range of internal and external audiences.  The right candidate will help to identify and support new partnerships or collaborations that can advance advocacy objectives.  Will also support advocacy, communications, and events-related needs for the project, including writing; designing presentations; liaising with program partners and advocacy counterparts; managing internal planning processes; identifying and securing speaking opportunities; and providing overall program support.



  • Coordinate closely with key implementation and research partners and relevant funders to define advocacy targets and opportunities, develop joint presentations and align messaging.
  • Review and analyze external policy documents to identify relevance for Sesame and to inform Sesame’s advocacy positions on early childhood.
  • Collaborate with communications, marketing and events colleagues to connect Sesame Workshop’s advocacy agenda to participate in events, social media platforms and communications opportunities.
  • Assist the Senior Director of Advocacy and Senior Directors of Strategic Communications and Marketing, and Communications Manager in drafting and coordinating the approval of talking points, messaging, newsletters, fact sheets, and other public-facing materials for a variety of internal and external audiences, including the partners, funders, boards, humanitarian actors and other key stakeholders.
  • Research trends and opportunities in the humanitarian landscape to inform planning and decision-making on advocacy priorities.
  • Coordinate Sesame’s participation in task teams, working groups, and other advocacy-related engagements on humanitarian advocacy objectives.
  • Coordinate roles and logistics with event organizers and venues; provide briefing memos for senior executives; and manage relevant contracts.
  • Seek out opportunities for participation in high-level events, conferences, and engagement with advocacy target audiences in the humanitarian community; pursue opportunities for appearances in journals, blogs, and other public-facing publications that advance the strategic goals of the project and demonstrate thought leadership.
  • Draft and submit event reports, pitches, proposals, and awards applications, in close coordination with relevant Sesame Workshop departments and our partners.
  • Provide general program support related to advocacy and communications for Sesame Workshop’s humanitarian programs.

Who You Are: 

  • 3-5 years of advocacy or communications experience, with demonstrated understanding of the humanitarian or international development systems.
  • Excellent writer who loves to tell a great story (eg. presentations, fact sheets, blog posts, talking points, concept notes, etc).
  • Relationship builder with strong people skills, interested in building and sustaining partnerships
  • Strong multi-tasker with excellent organizational skills who can pay close attention to detail
  • A proven interest in social change and commitment to work that reaches the most vulnerable
  • Expert in PowerPoint; strong overall computer skills
  • Experience working internationally or on international issues strongly preferred.


Basic Requirements:

  • Must have the legal right to work in the United States
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled