Senior Manager, Education, Humanitarian Programs
International Social Impact | New York, NY | Full Time
Sesame Workshop is seeking an experienced Senior Manager, Education, Humanitarian Programs. His/her work will focus on Sesame Workshop’s humanitarian initiatives, supporting programming for children and caregivers in Bangladesh and the Middle East. The position is based in New York, NY, with travel to the regions of work as needed. The Senior Manager, Education will be responsible for supporting program design and educational content development for a large-scale early childhood development program that leverages the power of play-based learning to achieve measurable outcomes for children.
The right candidate will have a proven track record developing nuanced and well-researched educational frameworks targeting both cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes, and creating and reviewing multimedia educational content against specified learning objectives.
- Support senior staff in the development and execution of content strategy and intervention design for humanitarian initiatives
- Develop project curriculum and educational content for children, caregivers, and facilitators that are aligned with existing global curricula and intended project outcomes
- Provide input on research and monitoring materials, and interpret stakeholder feedback and data in order to inform project improvements, in partnership with the project team and partners
- Engage with project team, partners, and advisors to review and strengthen multimedia learning materials for children, parents/caregivers, and practitioners (e.g. video, variety of print, etc.)
- Support the development of workshop training, facilitation, and intervention guides, in collaboration with project partners and with guidance from senior staff Education
- Managing education timelines and work plans, including submitting and tracking project contracts, submitting and tracking project payments, preparing presentations and fact sheets for diverse audiences, and communicating effectively with multidisciplinary teams
- Ensure that project interventions and content are informed by Sesame Workshop experience, desk research, and needs assessment data, collaborating with Sesame teams and partners
- Advise on project monitoring activities, in collaboration with project partners and research team, to ensure that education interventions are implemented according to program design
- Engage with project consultants, ensuring the delivery of work, managing quality of deliverables, and serving as their liaison with Sesame Workshop education team members
- Represent the project’s education team at working-level meetings and external events such as conferences and stakeholder meetings
- Collaborate with the Philanthropic Development Department to support grants management, acting as a technical expert for educational programs in humanitarian settings
- 5-7 years of relevant work experience in international education, curriculum development, education in conflict settings, or a related field
- Master’s degree in International Education, International Development, Public Health, or related field or equivalent experience
- Professional experience in designing and delivering early childhood education, parenting programs, teacher training and/or related services in low-resource, humanitarian, emergency, and/or post-emergency settings
- Professional experience working with refugee and displaced populations
- Excellent organizational skills, including keen attention to detail and the ability to manage time effectively, track and follow-up on various tasks, and multi-task
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Office, file transfer and sharing technology, and web-based communication and call tools
- Excellent written and oral communication and relationship management skills
- Willingness to travel and work in low-resource settings (up to 30%)
- Ability to work effectively in multi-cultural settings, demonstrating respect for and interest in leveraging varied approaches to early learning and education
- Experience in broadcasting and/or media production
- Experience working in humanitarian settings (experience in Syria response region or Rohingya response region a plus)
- Knowledge of learning through play and play-based pedagogical approaches
- Knowledge of one or more foreign languages, preferably with direct project relevance
Sesame Workshop has been awarded a $100 million grant from the LEGO Foundation to support a new early childhood development initiative for millions of children affected by the Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises. The 5-year program will leverage the power of learning through play, providing communities affected by refugee crises access to vital early learning opportunities. Together with BRAC and the IRC, we will reach displaced and host community children and their caregivers in Bangladesh and the Syrian response region through direct services and mass media programming. The program will also include robust research and advocacy components aimed at identifying best practices for play-based learning in humanitarian response and encouraging sustainable investment in early childhood development.
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.