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Internal Application: Senior Director, Compensation, Benefits & HR Operations

Human Resources | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is looking for a Senior Director, Compensation, Benefits & HR Operations.  As an integral member of the Sesame Workshop’s HR team, the Senior Director of Comp, Benefits and HR operations is both a strategic and hands-on leader who is responsible for the strategy and execution of U.S. and international compensation and benefits programs.  We are looking for a nimble and collaborative leader to partner closely with HR colleagues and business leaders to drive the organization’s compensation & benefits strategy and programs as well as ensure streamlined and efficient HR processes.   The person will report to the Chief HR Officer and manage a team of two.  

The Senior Director will have specialized experience with all aspects of compensation and benefits, including expertise working on the integration of international and US programs, and contributing to the design of compensation and benefits philosophy and programs ideally in a global and progressive organization.  The right candidate will have international compensation and benefits experience in many geographies, particularly with the Middle East, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, China and Latin America.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Owns the twice-yearly compensation and benefits administration process, working with HR Business Partners to ensure a thoughtful, comprehensive and equitable process to reward and retain talent
  • Designs and maintains pay programs for the international offices in harmony with the U.S. philosophy and programs
  • Coordinates with the Director of Recruitment, recruiting team and HR Business Partners to ensure that our compensation practices are competitive and in line with market trends
  • Evaluates, recommends and implements improvements to current HR processes to save time, cost and increase employee satisfaction
  • Builds and maintains all aspects of salary, annual incentive, other reward programs along with health and welfare benefits
  • Oversees the HRIS strategy to support domestic and international processes and manage appropriate vendor relationships, RFP processes, and implementations
  • Works closely with HR Business Partners to deliver effective compensation and performance management tools and processes
  • Supervises Compensation Manager in annual benchmarking of pay ranges and merit pools in each geography and recommends changes
  • Oversees the Senior Manager of Benefits in plan design, vendor selection and negotiation for health and welfare plans, and works with Finance to analyze trends, control costs, and prepare budget
  • Supports the CHRO to plan and prepare materials for the HR & Compensation Committee and Board of Directors, including compensation plans and programs and annual Intermediate Sanctions analysis
  • Supervises the Senior Manager of Benefits and Manager of Compensation to develop employee communications for relevant audiences regarding comp & benefits information including annual benefits open enrollment, health and welfare information, and distribution of regulatory plan documents
  • Develops HR metrics that are relevant to the business and provides leaders with information to make better decisions in all HR matters
  • Collaborates with Legal colleagues to provide subject matter expertise in the areas of federal and/or state regulations affecting the administration of benefit and retirement plans including ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, HIPAA, ACA, IRS and FLSA
  • Provides outstanding leadership and mentoring to the Manager of Compensation and Senior Manager of Benefits and HRIS to optimize their deliverables and help them flourish in their professional development



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience / MA or MBA is a plus
  • 8-10 years of HR experience leading a complex compensation & benefits function and team ideally in a global environment
  • HR/SPHR and/or CCP certification preferred
  • Demonstrated superior management and team development ability
  • Excellent business acumen and analytical skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, problem-solve, and develop strong working relationships with HR colleagues and business partners
  • Advanced Excel and HR systems skills and experience
  • Previous experience with HR operations and HRIS systems
  • Accurately manage and develop financials for compensation and benefits expenditure
  • Comfortable working in a strategic and hands-on environment



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


Sesame Workshop is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer