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Internal Application: Vice President, International Education

International Social Impact | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is seeking a Vice President of International Education. The VP will provide leadership for Sesame Workshop’s international social impact work, including its humanitarian programs. The VP of International Education will set strategic direction, provide technical leadership, support capacity building, and ensure delivery of results for our ECD programs around the world. The VP of International Education will also be responsible for driving cross-sectoral support for the fundraising, implementation, and delivery of the International Social Impact department’s educational strategy.

The position is based in New York, NY, and reports into the Senior Vice President, International Social Impact.

Responsibilities Include:

Global Program Strategy 

  • Set educational vision and goals in Sesame’s International Social Impact department
  • 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 the department’s Creative/Production teams
  • Represent Sesame’s internal and external partners in the education and international development 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 resourcing 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 portfolio
  • Oversee educational curriculum, content development, and implementation of Sesame’s International Social Impact 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 a diverse staff in a safe and empowering environment



  • 15+ years of progressively senior leadership positions in early childhood education on a global level
  • Doctorate degree in relevant discipline; or Master’s degree with significant corresponding professional experience
  • Significant experience working in development settings, managing large-scale programs and portfolios
  • Recognized expertise in the education and or humanitarian sector, with the ability to effectively represent organizational priorities and interests
  • Established networks and familiarity with technical and donor community
  • Experience creating and executing large-scale strategies; proven ability to expand and diversify a portfolio
  • Effective communicator and coalition-builder, with the ability to persuade, collaborate, and build momentum around new ideas
  • Experience leading large teams through change and demonstrated ability to innovate; 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 travel at least 25% of the time
  • Demonstrated global mindset and ability to work effectively across countries, cultures, and time zones


  • Experience working on media-based programming in development or humanitarian contexts
  • Knowledge of broadcasting and/or media production
  • Experience working in the Middle East, South Asia, or Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Knowledge of one or more languages other than English

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.