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Senior Director of International Education

International Social Impact | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is seeking an experienced Senior Director of International Education. The Senior Director will provide leadership for the organization’s international social impact work, with a focus on Sesame’s humanitarian initiatives, supporting programming for children and caregivers globally. Working closely with the leadership team of the Social Impact organization, this individual will be instrumental in setting strategic direction, providing technical leadership, supporting capacity building, and ensuring delivery of results for our early childhood development (ECD) programs around the world. In addition, this person will be responsible for driving cross-sectoral support for the fundraising, implementation, and delivery of the International Social Impact department’s humanitarian educational strategy.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record developing nuanced and well-researched early childhood development educational frameworks, targeting both cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes, and creating and reviewing multimedia educational content against specified learning objectives. 

The position is based in New York, NY, and reports into the Vice President, International Programs and Operations. It will require up to 25% travel internationally.

Responsibilities Include:

Global Program Strategy 

  • Set educational vision and goals in Sesame’s International Social Impact department for humanitarian programs
  • Develop and guide the implementation of multi-year strategic plans to achieve educational objectives and to expand our reach among children and caregivers
  • Guide the translation of project curricula into engaging, impactful, and measurable child- and family-facing media, working closely with Creative/Production teams
  • Represent Sesame’s internal and external partners in the international humanitarian communities

Technical Leadership

  • Lead the development of evidence-based curriculum and programming in order to deliver results for children; establish and report on relevant metrics for measuring progress against program objectives
  • Shape and implement strategies to ensure that Sesame’s International Social Impact team develops, maintains, and grows technical capacity in education and humanitarian programming 
  • Ensure that Sesame Country Offices have adequate technical support and resources to successfully deliver on individual program needs as well as broader strategic objectives; work to build the capacity of these offices to deliver impactful educational programs
  • Represent Sesame at technical conferences and through academic publications

Program Oversight 

  • Lead Sesame’s international educational agenda and drive results across the International Social Impact humanitarian portfolio
  • Oversee educational curriculum, content development, and implementation of Sesame’s humanitarian programs; ensure the necessary resources are in place to guide and support country-level program implementation
  • Identify and oversee the evaluation of new approaches to advancing Sesame’s International Social Impact priorities, with special attention to developing shared best practices and approaches that can be applied globally
  • Ensure that Sesame’s work leverages current internal and external research findings


  • Manage technical education staff based in New York and abroad
  • Lead in the establishment of a results-oriented culture of excellence that fosters respect among Sesame staff and promotes the recruitment, retention, and management of diverse staff in a safe and empowering environment
  • Work with project management professionals to support and ensure project deliverables.

Education and Experience Required

  • 8-10 years of progressively senior leadership positions in Early Childhood Education on a global level
  • Direct and recent ECD (ages 0-6) hands-on experience required  
  • Doctorate degree in relevant discipline (Education and ECD focus strongly preferred); or Master’s degree with significant corresponding professional experience
  • Extensive experience working in humanitarian settings, managing large-scale programs and portfolios
  • Established networks in and familiarity with education, technical, and donor community
  • Demonstrated global mindset and ability to work effectively across countries, cultures, and time zones
  • Experience working on media-based programming in humanitarian contexts
  • Experience within a broadcasting and/or media production environment desirable   
  • Experience working in the Middle East, South Asia, or Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Knowledge of one or more languages other than English desirable
  • Ability to travel at least 25% of the time



  • Experience creating and executing large-scale strategies; proven ability to expand and diversify a portfolio
  • Experience driving change through influencing and managing remote cross-functional teams and demonstrated ability to innovate
  • Effective communicator and coalition-builder with internal and external stakeholders (including creative and production media), with proven ability to persuade, collaborate and build momentum around new ideas
  • Proven success managing multi-stakeholder projects and cross-functional teams
  • Willingness to take risks and learn from mistakes
  • Ability to identify, attract, and develop high-caliber staff, foster and build effective teams and a positive work culture
  • Ability to effectively represent organizational priorities and interests

Department Overview

 Sesame Workshop’s International Social Impact department (ISI) develops and implements Sesame’s powerful initiatives to serve children and families around the world and 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled