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Senior Director, Finance- International Social Impact

Finance, Social Impact & Philanthropy | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description


Senior Director, Finance- International Social Impact

The Senior Director, Finance position requires someone who has budgeting, financial planning, reporting experience and a strong accounting background.  The individual must have working knowledge of donor budgeting and reporting.  It requires someone who can build a financial model, gather the information necessary to project revenues and expenses, and think into the future, but who will understand accounting and reporting on past performance, and know how to incorporate it into planning and budgeting.  It also requires someone who can and will operate independently and think for themselves, but is willing to bring that independence into a team environment and share information with others, working for common goals.  The ideal candidate, is someone who can delegate responsibility, allowing their staff to own their work, and learn to take responsibility for it, while also making sure that their staff keeps them informed and comes to them for advice and guidance.  The position calls for someone who is comfortable speaking and presenting financial information and recommendations to all areas of senior management (e.g. CFO, VP, Operations).  It requires someone who can write and speak clearly and make themselves understood both by other finance staff, and by people who have no financial background at all, and is willing and happy to do this (and doesn’t find it to be a chore).  The ideal candidate will have previous experience working on a team to open and provide financial support to offices/subsidiaries outside of the United States.  Finally, it requires someone who can be happy and comfortable at Sesame Workshop - who will be dedicated to our mission, and will understand that one can make just as big a contribution to that mission from the “back office” as from the production studio. 



Accounting, Finance & Operations

  • Manage all areas of the accounting and finance functions for the International Social Impact department, including general ledger and funder program budgeting, accounting and reporting.

  • Plan and execute the coordination and preparation of the International Social Impact department’s annual budget, quarterly closings and estimates, and oversight of all program budgets.

  • Lead consolidation of branch offices and subsidiaries (currently India, Bangladesh and South Africa) and ensure conformance with US GAAP reporting and disclosure requirements. Act as main “point of contact” for foreign office finance leads

  • Work with Compliance Director to monitor program activity for compliance with laws and regulations as required by the funding source as outlined in program contracts.

  • Responsible for program budget preparation, budget narratives, monitoring and communicating financial status to appropriate program staff.

  • Answer questions for funders about budgets, financial plans, “pipelines” for project, expenditure timelines and projections, and underlying budget assumptions.

  • Review grant/sponsorship/other revenue deal memos and grant/sponsorship/other revenue contracts for financial implications.

  • Review plans to spend (timeline changes, production plan changes, relocation plans, NGO formation plans, etc.) for budget applicability, reasonableness, compliance with regulations.

  • Attendance at and participation in team meetings (budget, weekly, urgent, etc.).

  • Review third party/sub-grantee budgets, contracts, cash flows, deliverables (to match against funder agreements) and revise when necessary.

  • Prepare updated quarterly estimates/project ultimates for projects based on cost reports, latest information from the project team, and estimate-to-complete discussions.

  • Monitor actuals vs. budgets and notifying Project Directors, VP Finance, Social Impact & Philanthropy and other key team members of budget variances and/or the need for revised budgets.

  • Support annual audit, including annual uniform guidance audit, as it relates to international projects and subsidiaries.

  • Work collaboratively in cross-disciplinary teams to develop program initiatives and corresponding budgets.

  • Partner with the SVP and Project Directors/Managers in the International Social Impact Department to keep on track financially by providing appropriate, clear, and timely financial and business recommendations.

  • To ensure that budgeting, financial planning and reporting “best practices” are shared with project teams as much as possible, and that as much support as possible is given to project teams to carry out these “best practices.”

  • Partner with Finance, Legal and Operations to assist with opening new offices outside the US, as may become necessary.


    Team Development & Leadership:

  • Supervise Senior Manager, Finance - Social Impact & Philanthropy in s/he’s support of projects, including training as required, delegation of responsibility, and monitoring of performance.

  • Oversee, direct and organize the work flow of Senior Manager, Finance – Social Impact & Philanthropy.

  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

  • Ensure staff receive timely and appropriate training and development.

  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach; assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results.



  • Seven or more years’ experience in financial planning, financial management, accounting and non-profit accounting or funding experience; thorough understanding of GAAP

  • At least four years’ managerial or supervisory experience in financial areas

  • Experienced in budgeting and reporting in foreign currency; currency conversions

  • Thorough understanding of General Ledger systems; knowledge of TM1 preferred

  • Experience with US government grants and contracts and the related compliance requirements

  • International business experience including experience with international branch offices or subsidiaries, including knowledge of international accounting standards and taxation

  • Bachelor’s degree/CPA preferred

  • Proficiency in Excel and Power Point

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (both oral and written)

  • Energy, enthusiasm, and the ability to prioritize

  • Entertainment and/or marketing industry experience preferred


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