Senior Project Manager, US Social Impact
US Social Impact | New York, NY | Full Time
Sesame Workshop is looking for a Senior Project Manager to join the US Social Impact team. This person is responsible for supporting the growth, management, and delivery of the Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) model. Reporting to the Senior Director or Vice President, U.S. Social Impact, she/he will facilitate logistics and duties associated with the implementation of SSIC in existing and new communities associated with organization, timelines, and budgeting including events, trainings, communications, and other local activities or components necessary for SSIC’s growth and accountability. When needed, this individual will also support additional activities related to other U.S. Social Impact initiatives.
This position requires an individual with strong project management skills including knowledge of budgets, timelines, and coordinating working groups as well as familiarity with how to execute events or community-based activities. He/she should possess strong leadership and communication skills to efficiently manage internal and external teams. Must be a self-starter, have excellent organizational, have an ability to handle multiple tasks at once, and most of all, be a team-player.
- Facilitate and coordinate activities to ensure that goals, objectives, and implementation components of U.S. Social Impact initiatives are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
- Direct cross-departmental team members to support the development of initiatives specific to the development and implementation of timelines, status reports, budgets, deliverable plans and other project-related tasks.\
- Manage and sustain the execution of local SSIC organizational action plans and identified activities, such as trainings, events, communications, and other undertakings.
- Working with internal SW departments facilitate communications, press, events, and marketing plans with outside partnerships or networks to increase the execution and visibility of SSIC in these locations.
- Manage financials to assure accountability related to cost reports, quarterly close, and other budget meetings related to local SSIC activities.
- Represent U.S. Social Impact in partnership or funder meetings, advisories, conference presentations or press events.
- Coordinate on a timely basis with cross-departmental and/or the Philanthropic teams to provide budgets, deliverable and content outlines, timelines, and other relevant information necessary for the development of funding plans or proposals.
- Coordinate with U.S. Social Impact content and professional development team to assure integration of training, technical assistance, and implementation models with stakeholder partnerships or networks.
- Offer management support for other U.S. Social Impact initiatives as needed.
- Maintain active communication and updates with the SVP, U.S Social Impact and when needed, represent the Senior Director or Vice President, U.S. Social Impact in key meetings internally and externally.
- Assure comprehensive communication between Sesame Workshop team members, as well as pertinent external advisors and funders including funding reports or updates.
- Align the formative and impact research plans to coordinate with the timing of delivery of initiatives to assure the greatest outcomes, visibility, and success of projects.
- 5 + years in a project management position, preferably with experience in events or community based activities.
- The ideal candidate holds a higher education degree in business, communications, education, or management
- Highly skilled experience in managing projects and communicating with large teams.
- Expertise in communications within nonprofit organizations.
- Knowledge of budget management for multi-level initiatives
- Strong organizational skills with effective attention to detail
- Ability to juggle multiple tasks at one time, while also prioritizing urgent needs.
- Independent decision-maker with abilities to calmly and clearly relay decisions or points of actions to team members.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to travel 20% of the time.
About Sesame Workshop: Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across 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 social impact, its research-based programs are tailored to the needs of the communities and countries they serve. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.
Department Overview: Sesame Workshop’s U.S. Social Impact department, in the division of Global Social Impact and Philanthropy develops and implements philanthropically funded community engagement initiatives that service our nation’s vulnerable children and families. Based on fulfilling Sesame Workshop’s mission the department creates innovative initiatives and accompanying resources to enrich family engagement and build children’s development in early learning basics, health and well-being and resiliency skills to tackle very challenging situations.
One key initiative is Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) which offers bilingual (English and Spanish) resources nurturing meaningful connections between caregivers and parents of children from birth to before entering kindergarten through the various providers and organizations servicing children’s overall well-being and/or on handling traumatic experiences. These initiatives are implemented locally within communities and nationally through partnerships along with different professional development and technical assistance offerings. Currently SSIC exists in three active communities across the nation. The initiative’s 5-year goals are to reach approximately 50 locations to implement SSIC impacting over 3.5 million children and their families along with hundreds of community service providers. The resources can be found at sesamestreetincommunities.org.