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Freelance Senior Researcher, Domestic Research

Research | New York, NY | Temporary

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is seeking a Freelance Senior Researcher, Domestic Research for a 6-month temporary contract position with possible extension for an additional 5 months  (up to 11-month contract).  Reporting to the Director of Research. The Senior Researcher work will focus on formative and summative research for Sesame Workshop’s domestic U.S. Social Impact initiatives.  The right candidate will have had experience conducting research with children, parents and childcare providers. We are also looking for someone with some quantitative/statistical skills (t-tests, ANOVAs) and experience using SPSS.

Please note: This is not a remote position. Candidates must be able to work at our NYC Headquarters and be able to work up to 35 hours a week.   

Responsibilities Include:

  • Supporting the coordination of formative and summative research projects with outside research vendors, including assistance with focus groups, and with design and development of research methodologies and instruments.
  • Assisting with administrative tasks, including legal and financial procedures such as processing contracts and invoices, and ensuring proper procurement procedures are followed.
  • Assisting with the development of online surveys, coding and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and writing up reports and PowerPoint decks summarizing data findings.
  • Support Sesame Workshop research team with administrative tasks as needed



  • MA degree in Developmental Psychology or similar field preferred
  • 18 months of research experience at a non-profit, academic or academic institution ( i.e.  research lab)
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Command of basic statistics (t-tests, ANOVAs) and experience with statistical packages (SPSS)
  • Experience conducting research with adults who care for preschool children
  • Experience in media research (digital, video)
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office (especially Excel and PowerPoint) and internet navigation
  • Excellent organizational skills, including keen attention to detail and the ability to manage time effectively, track and follow-up on various tasks, and multi-task
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and relationship management skills
  • Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings as studies may require attending evening focus groups
  • Experience with user-centered design or UX research preferred
  • Experience conducting research with preschool children preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled