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Internal Application: Director, Finance - Social Impact & Philanthropy

Finance, Social Impact & Philanthropy | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Director, Finance - Social Impact & Philanthropy

New York, NY Full Time




Sesame Workshop has an immediate need for an experienced Director, Finance to oversee and own the budgeting, financial planning, and reporting for the US Social Impact group.  The position calls for a detailed oriented professional with a strong accounting background and working knowledge of donor budgeting and reporting.   The Director, Finance must be comfortable interacting with various levels of management and confidential information.  This position will report to the VP, Finance – Social Impact and Philanthropy.  


The ideal candidate is someone who can build financial models, gather the information necessary to forecast revenues and expenses, and think into the future, but who will understand how to incorporate prior performance into planning and budgeting process.  It also requires someone who can operate independently and think for themselves but is willing to bring that independence into a team environment and share information with others, all working towards common goals.   We are looking for someone who is comfortable speaking and presenting financial information and recommendations to all areas of senior management (e.g. CFO, SVP, US Social Impact, VP, SIP Operations and VP, Domestic Development).  Finally, the ideal candidate will have previous experience with the appropriate accounting treatment of restricted and unrestricted revenue.  



  • Manage all areas of the accounting and finance functions for the US Social Impact department, including general ledger and funder program budgeting, accounting, and reporting
  • Plan and execute the coordination and preparation of the US Social Impact department’s annual budget, quarterly closings and estimates, and oversight of all program budgets
  • Provide US Social Impact’s operational management with perspective and insight on overall departmental P&L, including identifying near and long-term risks and opportunities and staff capacity and utilization
  • Work with Compliance Director to monitor program activity for compliance with laws and regulations as required by the funding source as outlined in program contracts
  • Responsible for program budget preparation, budget narratives, monitoring and communicating financial status to appropriate program staff
  • Answer questions for funders about budgets, financial plans, “pipelines” for project, expenditure timelines and projections, and underlying budget assumptions
  • Review grant/sponsorship/other revenue deal memos and grant/sponsorship/other revenue contracts for financial implications
  • Review plans to spend (timeline changes, production plan changes, etc.) for budget applicability, reasonableness, and compliance with regulations
  • Attend business meetings relevant to US Social Impact 
  • Prepare updated quarterly estimates/project estimates for projects based on cost reports, latest information from the project team, and estimate-to-complete discussions
  • Monitor project and SIP admin budget vs. actual and notify Project Directors, VP Finance, Social Impact & Philanthropy and other key team members of budget variances and/or the need for revised budgets
  • Support annual audit
  • Work collaboratively in cross-disciplinary teams to develop program initiatives and corresponding budgets
  • Partner with the SVP and Project Directors/Managers in the US Social Impact Department to keep on track financially by providing appropriate, clear, and timely financial and business recommendation
  • Ensure that budgeting, financial planning and reporting “best practices” are shared with program teams and provide the necessary support to carry out these “best practices
  • Work with Senior Accountant to manage and post Salesforce entries to the General Ledger



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience 
  • 7+ years of experience in financial planning, financial management, accounting and non-profit accounting or funding experience; thorough understanding of GAAP
  • Thorough understanding of General Ledger systems; knowledge of NetSuite, TM1 and/or Salesforce a plus
  • Experience with Foundation, Corporate and Government grants and contracts and the related compliance requirements
  • Proficiency in Excel and Power Point


 Competencies and Behaviors:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies and behaviors:

  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Resilient and overcomes obstacles to completing assignments
  • Encourages cooperation and team work


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

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