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Vice President, Information Technology Operations

Information Technology | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description
Sesame Workshop is looking for a Vice President of Information Technology Operations. The Vice President of IT Operations will lead the team responsible for the planning, implementation, adoption and maintenance of Sesame Workshop’s Information Technology infrastructure, enterprise business systems, desktop and mobile hardware, and productivity software.

The Vice President will be a liaison between the IT staff, the two Technology and Engineering peers and key business operations stakeholders to ensure alignment of Sesame Workshop's business and technical objectives. The position will report to the CTO of the Technology and Engineering group.

Please Note : Hybrid role at our headquarters in NYC.

Operational Responsibilities

  • Lead a team responsible for the day-to-day infrastructure engineering, enterprise business systems, desktop and productivity tools and operational functions.
  • Plan, implement, maintain and oversee employee adoption and training for new or upgraded IP enterprise systems as well as business and productivity software & tools.
  • Identify new enterprise SaaS, cloud-centric technologies and tools to accommodate company growth and business models.
  • Collaborate with business division and department leads to identify gaps in business logic processes that can be automated at scale with enterprise software systems.
  • Proactively reach out to key stakeholders to drive company-wide training, adoption and scaling of business systems and productivity tools.
  • Document updates of infrastructure services run book as it relates to all infrastructure engineering, business applications, desktop client services functions.
  • Enhance existing and develop new IT Systems metrics to track process and systems performance.
  • Develop, enhance and administer infrastructure services-related SOPs established for the Technology and Engineering group.
  • Ensure IT team members follow procedures and policies established for the Technology and Engineering group.
  • Lead and serve as a primary escalation point for all technology issues related to IT Systems and Network Engineering, business applications and desktop client services functions.
  • Proactively monitor all infrastructure technologies to ensure 100 % uptime and provide ongoing infrastructure performance statistics and reports.
  • Be available to supervise or provide support in the event of a “system down” emergency.
  • Enhance existing cybersecurity framework, awareness training, SOPs to ensure all the cybersecurity policies and practices are maintained.
  • Collaborate with CTO, department leads to plan, track IT budget/investment for the deployment and maintenance of the IT services.
  • Build and maintain existing relationships with technology partners, suppliers, vendors and consultants.

Required Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels (staff, peers, senior executive team), to both technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Expertise in systems and network engineering, enterprise business applications, project management and desktop client services.
  • Ability to lead a diverse team and champion diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to lead and mentor IT team an ongoing basis, providing effective, positive and proactive feedback with a focus on technical and management skillsets for advancement and delivery of best-in-class IT services.
  • Ability to lead a team of desktop service administrators to provide best-in-class support in an agile environment.
  • Ability to delegate tasks effectively and communicate urgency, target dates and overall business purpose to staff.
  • Strong customer focus with emphasis on commitment to continuous improvement in system availability and performance.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the technical environment to be able to anticipate any technical deficiencies and develop and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and a commitment to maintaining optimum system availability in a 24 x 7 x365 environment.
  • Comfort working in a fluid environment, with an ability to anticipate and adapt to changing technology needs to meet the company's overall technology operational objectives.

Technical - Must be proficient in [all or most of] the following technologies:

Infrastructure Systems
  • Distributed compute, storage hybrid IP SAN/NAS infrastructure, including that provided by vendors like HP, Dell, Cisco
  • SAN, NAS, private and public cloud distributed object storage systems
  • Multi-cloud hybrid infrastructure, compute and platform services
  • IP LAN/WAN multi-vendor distributed hybrid cloud technologies
  • Public cloud providers services, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure/Office 365. Google Public Cloud, Oracle Cloud
  • End-to-end on prem, SaaS cloud-hosted cybersecurity systems for intrusion detection, protection, monitoring
  • On prem and hybrid cloud Backup Continuity Plan/Disaster Recovery/Backup services and solutions
  • Distributed desktop technologies for PC & MAC environment
  • Back-end distributed Server/Client, purpose-built business applications
  • Windows, Linux and MAC Operating Systems and dependencies
  • Other Infrastructure services related to a hybrid cloud model

Business Systems Applications
  • General Ledger Systems (e.g., Oracle NetSuite)
  • Financial reporting systems (e.g., IBM TM1)
  • Enterprise HRIS workforce management systems (e.g., Workday, Saba, Jobscore, etc.)
  • Enterprise CRM and dependencies systems (e.g., Salesforce Platform, Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack, Pardot, Marketing Cloud etc.)
  • Enterprise Project Management tool (e.g., Adobe Workfront)
  • Enterprise time tracking systems (e.g., Journyx)
  • Digital Asset Management Systems and Workflow (e.g., NetX)
  • Enterprise rights management systems (e.g., Jaguar, Rights Logic)
  • Legal and Electronic Document Management Systems (e.g., eDocs, Nintex and other document management systems)
  • Enterprise-wide business logic and workflow tools (e.g., Nintex, Microsoft Power Automate)

Desktop Productivity Tools
  • Office 365 applications – E5
  • Microsoft SharePoint and File Services
  • Cloud collaboration tools (Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WebEx, Hopin etc.)
  • Adobe creative suite
  • Conference Room AV Technologies (Crestron Systems)
  • Space Management Systems
  • Network multi-purpose printers
  • Endpoint desktop protection software
  • Enterprise SaaS productivity tools for studio production management


  • Bachelor’s degree in Technology, Engineering, Computer Science, or other related technical fields. A Master’s degree is a major plus.
  • Must have a minimum of 15+ years’ hands-on experience in an IT technical role of which 7-10 years must be in DIRECT SUPERVISORY managing an operational IT team across the discipline of enterprise business systems, systems/network engineering and productivity tools.
  • Proficient in Enterprise Business Software systems.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity