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Internal Application: Education Director - Welcome Sesame

International Social Impact | Hybrid in New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop’s (SW) International Social Impact (ISI) department is seeking an Education Director to work on the recently launched Welcome Sesame Initiative. Through this initiative, SW delivers on early childhood development outcomes specifically for children and families who are affected by both protracted and rapid onset crises across the Middle East, South Asia, East Africa, Latin America and in the U.S.   

The Initiative includes the development of a technical framework, operational procedures, technical standards and guidance documents, project start-up and management protocols, the development of a learning agenda, and coordination of matrix functions to effectively deliver crisis response programming in line with global best practice. 

The Education Director will provide strategic direction, leadership, and overall technical support to Welcome Sesame programs. The Education Director will be responsible for delivering on evidence-based program design, ensuring program quality, delivering on effective and timely implementation of education projects and identifying new areas for program expansion across SW operation geographical areas.  

The Education Director reports to the VP, International Education and is a regular, full-time individual contributor position. 

The position is based in NY with up to 30% travel to the field for technical assistance and support.  Sesame Workshop currently follows a hybrid work model with designated in-office days determined based on the functional nature of the role.  

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Program Development and Design:

  • Contribute to the design of Welcome Sesame Initiative including developing the technical framework and technical guidance and standards
  • Lead and/or contribute to project design processes for new or adapted programming, including the development of budgets, proposal narratives, log frames, and other supporting documents
  • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from education implementation and incorporate them in program and staff development processes
  • Coordinate with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team to produce a robust M&E system for the Initiative
  • Coordinate with the Sr. Manager, Project Management to inform and contribute to Initiative standard operating procedures and multi-year planning

Technical Quality: 

  • Ensure that all projects are implemented in accordance with global technical guidelines and best practices in the education sector
  • Liaise with project education teams regularly and proactively, and pursue technical guidance as needed
  • Stay abreast of developments in ISI and global working groups related to new tools and guidelines
  • Identify, monitor, and report on unmet needs and make informed recommendations to senior management on the capacity of SW to address identified needs
  • Contribute to the technical interpretation of MEL data and apply output and outcome indicator findings to improve program quality
  • Support the development and maintenance of a coherent SW strategy

Project Implementation:  

  • Develop and execute content strategy and intervention design for the Initiative working collaboratively with Sesame Workshop project teams (project management, production, content research) and external partners.  
  • Develop project curriculum and educational content (video and print) for children, caregivers, and facilitators that are aligned with existing global curricula and intended project outcomes, working closely with the Content Research Department to support iterative project improvements.  
  • Provide input on research and monitoring materials, and interpret stakeholder feedback and data to inform project improvements, in partnership with the project team and partners . 
  • Engage with project team, partners, and advisors to review and strengthen multimedia learning materials for children, parents/caregivers, and practitioners.  
  • Lead operational processes related to the above, including managing education budget and timelines, drafting and updating education work plans, preparing presentations for diverse audiences, and communicating effectively with multidisciplinary teams.  

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Minimum of seven years of professional experience in the management of education programs in emergencies 
  • Master's degree in Education or other relevant areas
  • Strong knowledge of technical tools, resources, and standards related to education in emergencies and post-conflict settings
  • Demonstrated experience developing training materials and facilitating workshops and training for adult learners 
  • Strong verbal communication skills and effective in representation and liaison with external actors 
  • Proven technical writing ability in English including skills in proposal and report writing 
  • Promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle stress and pressure with professional grace 
  • Previous experience in an insecure or conflict-affected setting preferred 

 

WELCOME SESAME INITIATIVE

Welcome Sesame is a strategic initiative introduced by Sesame Workshop in 2022 to ensure program quality, timely deployment, management support, and continuous learning to bolster our programs designed to reach young children and caregivers affected by conflict and crisis around the world, including refugee and displaced communities in the US. Over the last five years, Sesame Workshop’s programming and content library in this area has grown significantly, and we are now working with partners in the Middle East, Bangladesh, Latin America, East Africa, and beyond.  Most recently, that programming has included rapid responses bundling educational media in relevant topics and languages for children displaced by crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine. We now refer to this overall set of programs as “Welcome Sesame.”  More information on where and how we work can be found on our website here.  

 

ISI DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

Sesame Workshop’s International Social Impact department, a division of Social Impact and Philanthropy, develops and implements Sesame’s powerful initiatives to serve children and families around the world, builds strong partnerships and coalitions to maximize reach and impact. Building upon the familiarity and appeal of the trusted, beloved Sesame Street characters – and their global counterparts – we create and disseminate unique educational resources and tools for families most in need. Sesame’s research-driven initiatives reach many children who would otherwise have little or no access to early childhood education and support all aspects of children’s development – including healthy habits, cognitive development in areas such as early literacy and math, and social-emotional well-being and resilience. We reach and engage children and the important adults in their families and communities using multiple media platforms and innovative strategies – from television and radio to digital media, mobile technologies, books, E-books, magazines, classroom materials, teacher/provider training, social media, and more. 

 

ABOUT SESAME WORKSHOP

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder since 1969. Today Sesame Workshop is a global educational force for change, with a mission to impact the world’s most vulnerable children.  In more than 150 countries, we are serving kids through a wide range of media and philanthropically funded social impact programs, all grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. Sesame is a beloved household name in dozens of languages, and it means learning – and fun – in all of them. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org.  

 

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