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Director, Digital Teaching - Curriculum Design

Formal Learning | New York, NY | Temporary

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is seeking an experienced and innovative Director, Digital Teaching for its Formal Learning group. Formal Learning is a small team dedicated to originating research-based approaches to curriculum and instructional design in order to optimize learning and impact for children and their educators and families. This Director role is a 10-month position that will be responsible for leading the development of the final phase of a digital research-based educational early language and literacy curriculum and managing a dedicated team of internal staff and freelancers.

Please note: This role is a temporary contract role that could be up to 10 months with a possible extension. 

Key areas of responsibility include: 

Product Development: 

  • Develop and execute the final revision of a language and literacy curriculum based on formative research, pilot schools, and academic review. 
  • Deep understanding of the complete product development process, editorial excellence, and the ability to develop and manage against schedules are critical aspects for this role. This role works collaboratively with Sesame Workshop service groups (finance, digital production, research, and brand creative), external partners, and vendors.
  • Providing management structure to ensure the high-quality and creative developmentally appropriate curriculum is on time and on budget.
  • Manage the academic and advisory feedback.
  • Translate pedagogy into product and services – from concept through product development, formative research, and successful implementation in order to ensure measurable learning outcomes.
  • Ensure that the content, organization, and style of each “manuscript” to be published meets Sesame Workshop’s editorial standards and voice for developmental appropriateness, accuracy, clarity, creativity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Support the implementation of the curriculum during the final pilot phase.
  • Develop and manage schedules, budgets, and capacity building through external freelancers and vendors.


Other Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop editorial and style guides
  • Hire and manage external freelancers and vendors
  • Map content plan for new and existing assets
  • Review product specs and content integration for fidelity to learning goals
  • Capture and share issues and solutions related to content and instructional design
  • Manage the day-to-day content development cycle and associated staff
  • Ensure commitment to the Workshop and product brand(s) and imprints



  • Master’s Degree in education or child development
  • 8-10 years of editorial experience with 5+ years of educational publishing experience in a management role.
  • Deep knowledge of child development and pedagogy
  • Proven experience in digital and interactive media
  • Experience in linear story-based media, video, a plus
  • Classroom teaching experience a plus
  • Microsoft Office Suite 


Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity