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Manager, Research - Social Impact

Research | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across 160 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.

Sesame Workshop is looking for a Manager, Research - Social Impact. As a key member of the Content Research Team, the Manager, Research - Social Impact and Philanthropy (SIP) will support the research needs of U.S. Social Impact (USSI) and International Social Impact (ISI) teams.


  • Support design and coordination of needs assessment, formative research, and summative/impact research studies to ensure a common understanding of the needs and goals of research work and ensure a high standard of research reports
  • This could include protocol development and stimuli assembly, data collection, developing and applying coding schemes, data analysis, report write up including findings and actionable recommendations
  • Translate research findings into actionable insights and recommendations
  • Manage external vendors as needed to carry out research studies
  • Communicate research findings and actionable recommendations internally to a range of clients and departments as needed
  • Work closely with Education, Production, Philanthropic Development, and Project Management teams for both USSI and ISI
  • Conduct literature reviews and keep up with the latest child development and media effects research
  • Support Sesame Workshop research team with administrative tasks as needed


  • Master’s degree in Education, Child Development, Educational Psychology or similar field with 2 years of experience in a research role with a relevant media organization, preferred; or Bachelors’ degree in a relevant field with 5 years of experience
  • Experience conducting, overseeing, or collaborating on research across multiple clients
  • Experience conducting primary research with young children and the adults who care for them
  • Experience with children’s media (video and digital/interactive) preferred
  • Experience working with research vendors
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the ability to leverage both to communicate research findings
  • Experience conducting research across diverse global contexts
  • Strong grasp of statistics and experience with statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, R)
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office (especially Excel) and internet navigation
  • Excellent organizational skills, including keen attention to detail, ability to manage time effectively, track and follow up on various tasks and projects, and multi-task
  • Collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under tight timelines
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of cultural settings and circumstances


Sesame Workshop’s U.S. Social Impact department, in the division of Social Impact and Philanthropy, develops and implements philanthropically funded initiatives that support our nation’s children and families who are often marginalized. The department creates innovative, research-based initiatives and resources to enrich family engagement and build children’s development in early learning basics, emotional and health well-being, and building resilience to cope with traumatic experiences. During these unprecedented times, U.S. Social Impact has a significant opportunity to expand its reach and impact by addressing the societal consequences of the global pandemic and systemic disparities impacting children, families, and communities.

We address these needs through three key initiatives, Sesame Street in Communities; Sesame and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, and Sesame for Military Families and work with a cadre of national partnerships to execute sustainable implementation.


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. 

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