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Manager, Educational Programs

International Social Impact | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is seeking an experienced Manager, Educational Programs. His/her work will support Sesame Workshop’s various initiatives for children and caregivers mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The position is based in the Sesame Workshop New York office, with travel to the regions of work as needed. The Manager will be responsible for supporting program design, educational content development, and implementation of early childhood development programs. 



The right candidate will have a proven track record of developing nuanced and well-researched educational programs targeting defined outcomes and creating and reviewing multimedia educational content against specified learning objectives. The Manager, Educational Programs will report to the Director, Educational Programs in the International Social Impact Department at Sesame Workshop. He/she will work closely with Sesame Workshop international teams and partners, the majority of whom are based in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.




Content development

  • Support the development of new curricula and learning materials (video, print, and digital)—including reviewing of media scripts, conducting literature reviews, analyzing public datasets, etc.—for children, caregivers, and practitioners in collaboration with in-country education, project teams, advisors, and stakeholders

  • Manage material development process with contractors by directly liaising with them as needed

  • Engage with project team, partners, and advisors to review and strengthen learning materials (video, print, and digital) for children, caregivers, and practitioners

  • Interpret research findings, monitoring data, and stakeholder feedback for project improvements, in partnership with the project team and partners

  • Ensure that project interventions and content are informed by Sesame Workshop experience, desk research, and needs assessment data, and that align with internal priorities, funder expectations and deliverables, and available resources


Project management

  • Manage day-to-day operations of various projects by working with Sesame Workshop international teams and partners, working with the Director to adjust project activities as challenges arise

  • Work cross-functionally with the Philanthropic Development, Finance, Legal, and Marketing Departments to drive initiatives through execution, with support from the Director as appropriate

  • Represent Sesame Workshop’s education team at meetings and external events such as conferences, stakeholder meetings, and conference calls

  • Lead administrative processes related to the above, by managing timelines and work plans, submitting and tracking project contracts, submitting and tracking project payments, preparing external communication materials (presentation, fact sheets, talking points, etc.) for diverse audiences, coordinating communication with multidisciplinary teams, and scheduling internal meetings


Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in International Education, International Development, Public Health, or a related field; Bachelor’s degree with corresponding professional experience will also be considered

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience in international education, curriculum development, education in conflict settings, or a related field

  • Demonstrated interest or professional experience in designing and delivering early childhood education, caregiver programs, teacher training, and/or related services in low-resource, emergency, and/or post-emergency settings

  • Ability to work effectively in multi-cultural settings, demonstrating respect for and interest in leveraging varied approaches to early learning and education

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills, including keen attention to detail and the ability to manage time effectively, and track and follow-up on various tasks

  • Willingness to travel to and work in low-resource settings (up to 25%)

  • Knowledge of one or more foreign languages; proficiency in French a plus


Department Information


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.