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Director, Domestic Foundation Development

Philanthropic Development | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Director, Domestic Foundation Development


The DIRECTOR, DOMESTIC FOUNDATION DEVELOPMENT at Sesame Workshop will be responsible for working collaboratively with the VP, Domestic Philanthropic Development and the Development team to build and strengthen the Workshop’s presence through fundraising and engagement efforts for US-based initiatives from private and corporate foundations and government agencies.  This role will require and understanding of the philanthropic landscape in order to develop strategic plan for foundation giving efforts at Sesame Workshop. In addition, the role will oversee and lead foundation cultivation and stewardship activities.

This is a unique opportunity for a dedicated, entrepreneurial, results-oriented relationship builder to make a significant impact at an iconic not-for-profit.  The Director, Domestic Foundation Development, will assist in pipeline building, grant writing, prospect management, and stewardship, all while collaboratively working with internal partners to seek opportunities for broader engagement.



  • Build funder pipeline and uncover sources of new prospects to support Sesame Workshop Domestic Social Impact work

  • Manage relationships with other teams to coordinate and promote program integration

  • Contribute to Domestic Philanthropic Development team strategy and revenue goals

  • Mentor and contribute to the Development team’s collaborative environment



  • 5-8 years of experience in Foundation fundraising, relationship building, and prospect management

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team

  • Excellent grant writing, verbal, and presentation skills

  • Understands stewardship of current funders and new prospects

  • Possesses current relationships with the US funding community

  • Self-starter with sound judgment and creative thinking

  • Familiarity with Salesforce CRM software or equivalent software

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: strong social skills a must; ability to interact -- with professionalism -- with a variety of personalities both internally and externally

  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills required

  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred

  • Ability to travel –Approximately 20%


About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Delivered through a variety of platforms, including television programs, digital experiences, books and community engagement, its research-based programs are tailored to the needs of the communities and countries they serve. For more information, visit us at