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Veteran Fellowships at Sesame Workshop

Education and Research

Posted: August 19, 2014

About Fellowships at Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across more than 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 community engagement, 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.

About The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America. Through The Mission Continues’ Fellowship Program, veterans serve for 20 hours/week at a nonprofit organization addressing key educational, social and environmental issues. Each Fellow works to achieve one of three objectives at the conclusion of their fellowship: full-time employment, pursuit of higher education, or a permanent role of service. Eligibility is determined by:

  • Service in the United States Military after September 11, 2001
  • No longer on Active/Guard/Reserve status (IRR/ING status is acceptable) and having attained an honorable discharge
  • A minimum of 24 months of time in service, unless serious injury was sustained preventing further service.

 

Please apply through The Missions Continues and forward all resumes to Human.Resources@sesame.org, Subject line: The Missions Continues

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VP Global and Digital Content

Content

Posted: August 15, 2014

The Content department is responsible for: having a solid understanding to global educational trends, the development of curricula (addressing the needs of a whole child), applying research and scientific findings, as well as educational best practices to develop content across multiple media platforms (linear and digital) that is developmental appropriate and curriculum driven to meet the needs of children ages 2-6. The department is comprised of staff with advanced degrees in developmental psychology, educational psychology, and early childhood education. We work in a collaborative environment, servicing the global educational needs across departments (e.g., production (linear and digital), community engagement, marketing, and philanthropic development).

POSITION SUMMARY: This position is accountable for providing day-to-day supervisory guidance and technical oversight in the application of educational content framework globally across all media platforms for both formal and informal childhood educational settings in both developed and developing countries worldwide.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

• Provide proactive intellectual assistance and supervisory guidance for a specialized and highly skilled team of curriculum and content experts. Serve as the intellectual advisor, mentor, and resource for the Content Directors.
• Act as a liaison and maintain communication and correspondence (in support of the SVP) with multiple contacts and constituencies and coordinate project meetings and related critical project activities.
• Collaborate and communicate effectively with writers, editors, and producers (both domestic and international) across all media platforms to ensure the development of age appropriate education experiences.
• Provide resources and access to research information on issues related to global and integrative curriculum and content educational trends.
• Refine, organize and apply curriculum content and develop a practical dialogue for internal and external meetings and work collaboration with colleagues.
• Communicate with partners and maintain relationships with key staff regarding publications, project digital applications and platforms development, databases, conferences, and other project activities.
• Participate in the review, write and edit materials for dissemination of project, and other reports and/or websites, seminars and workshops.
• Give oversight and direction to content development on digital platforms, taking into consideration the most appropriate technology for the curriculum and country/population.
• Guide digital content team in their notes on user experience for children and how to best implement the curriculum across digital platforms.
• Assist in the supervision and administration of the department’s budget activities for ongoing projects.

 

KEY JOB COMPETENCIES:

• Supervision and Technical Oversight: Demonstrates the ability to effectively persuade others to listen, commit, and act on new creative and innovative approaches to development of global curriculum and content; gain support from others collaboratively without relying on authority, position or intimidation; models leadership behaviors.
• Creative and Mental Agility: Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs; has fresh perspectives.
• Global Early Child Development Curriculum and Content Framework: Comprehends the “big picture;” and can translate that into day-to-day operating actions for twenty-first century age appropriate curriculum and content drivers; sound knowledge in current and future global early-childhood development trends; sound knowledge of international development stakeholders/institutions;.
• Results Oriented: Consistently exceeds expectations; models excellence and motivates fellow organization members to follow their example.
• Interpersonally and Politically Savvy: Genuine “charisma,” humility, and the experience and ability to build highly effective relationships with all levels of constituencies (internally and externally) that can enable the achievement of the content group’s action plans; engenders a climate of mutual respect and trust; non-judgmental, energetic, humble.

 

MUST HAVES:

• Ph.D. or Ed.D. in a Developmental Psychology or related field.
• A minimum of 3 to 5 years experience in international early childhood education research and practice.
• Experience working with children from preschool through age 8.
• Experience in curriculum development, content implementation, and field research.
• Experience developing educational products or translating educational goals for applied use, in particular creating educational content for digital platforms for Pre-K through age 8. Must have strong experience designing user interfaces for young children (ages 2 -8).
• Experience working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team, including highly talented creative thinkers and comedy writers.
• Experience working as part of a management team.
• Experience at implementing multi-territory partnership processes.
• Have a deep understanding of children’s digital content, user experience, and platforms. This includes html 5 games, app development, cross-platform distribution strategies, and feature phone capabilities.
• Experience with using technology in developing countries and emerging markets

 

Desired Characteristics:

• Strong knowledge and understanding of digital user experience and digital content development.
• Flexibility and the ability to adjust to a rapidly evolving internal and, quick-changing external landscape.
• “Can do” attitude and energy with a passion for children’s education and health.
• Language learning experience, bi-literacy/bilingualism, or English-language-learning for young children.
• Fluency in English required; fluency and literacy in at least one other language (Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, etc.).
• China and Latin America experience and working relationships.

 

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with the subject, “ATTN:Rosemarie Truglio, VP Position” to: human.resources@sesame.org

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Fall 2014 Research Internship

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Posted: August 15, 2014

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is seeking a Research Intern to help conduct ethnographic fieldwork in the NY-NJ-PA region. The position is part-time—approximately 15 hours per week—for 3 months, August/September 2014 through December 2014. The position is ideal for current master’s or doctoral programs in Communication, Child Development, Psychology, the Learning Sciences, Education (Educational Technology), Sociology, or related fields. The internship pays interns modest hourly rate, but students may receive course credit for their work.

Duties:

Field Research

  • Managing permission slips/consent forms
  • Conducting interviews and observations
  • Conducting experience sampling phone calls
  • Data logging video tapes
  • Processing and inventorying electronic data (compressing, labeling, storing)
  • Transcribing interviews
  • Coding data (video, transcripts, field notes)
  • Quantitative data analysis (SPSS, analysis of survey data, etc.).

Meeting Planning

Coordinate details for various meetings and research-related workshops planned for 2014, including drafting and sending out invitations, handling RSVPs, requesting materials/information from participants, preparing meeting materials, making catering and technical arrangements, preparing guest lists for security, making electronic recordings of proceedings (audio, video), taking meeting notes, preparing notes for participants, etc.

Other

  • Conducting background research and drafting text for literature reviews
  • Copyediting and proofreading
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Master’s (or near) degree in Communications, Education, Psychology, Child Development, Learning Sciences, Sociology, or related field
  • Experience working with children
  • Considers self a “techy”—very comfortable operating technological tools and figuring things out
  • Interest in and awareness of key issues in digital media and learning
  • Fluent with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Docs
  • Excellent writing skills; experience proofreading and copy-editing
  • Two years professional work experience
  • Attentive to details!
  • Able to function independently, work in a team environment, manage multiple priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Sense of humor and diplomatic skills

Desired:

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Experience using ethnographic research methods, including interviews, observations, and taking field notes
  • Experience with administrative aspects of conducting research, including participant recruitment, processing and managing data, organizing/managing consent forms, etc.
  • Interest in and awareness of key issues in any of the following: language and literacy, digital equity, family studies, Hispanic families, children’s geographies
  • Experience using SPSS and Dedoose or other qualitative data analysis software; EndNote or other reference management software
  • Experience using iMovie, Final Cut Pro or other video editing software; GIS and mapping technologies; Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.

Hours and Pay:
Approximately 15 hours per week, flexible. Position begins in August/September 2014 and runs through December 2014. This internship pays $8/hour but students may receive course credit for their work. Interested applicants must be registered and enrolled students.

 

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume or CV to: internships@sesame.org with “Fall 2014 Research Intern” in the subject line.

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Licensing Fall 2014 Internship

LIC

Posted: August 12, 2014

Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in the lives of children worldwide by addressing their critical developmental needs.

Intern responsibilities:

We are looking for a self-starting individual to join our licensing team and help with the following tasks: sample organization and distribution, competitive and trend research, and general administrative help. Licensing experience is not required, but we are looking for someone who has an interest in learning the business aspects of a non-profit organization.

Skills needed:

We are looking for a college student pursuing a degree in the business/marketing/media fields. Microsoft Office required.

 

Schedule:

14 hours per week

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, and resume with the subject, “Licensing Fall 2014 Internship,” to: internships@sesame.org

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PR Fall 2014 Internship

CORPCOMM

Posted: August 11, 2014

Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in the lives of children worldwide by addressing their critical developmental needs.

Intern responsibilities:

Assist International, Domestic and Community Engagement Publicity with daily tasks and special events planning.  Some tasks will include:

  • Responding to viewer mail and footage requests for Sesame Street
  • Drafting press releases
  • Assisting with shipments of press mailings and general publicity
  • Maintaining organization of daily press clippings
  • Processing invoices, contracts and talent payments
  • Answering phones
  • Attending and assisting with press events and character appearances whenever possible

Skills needed:  Word Processing, e-mail, web browsing, filing, professional office demeanor

*Must be pursuing a degree
*Must be an undergraduate Junior/Senior or a graduate student
*Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
*Must have the legal right to work in the United States

Schedule:

20hrs./week

To apply:

Please send a cover letter, and resume with the subject, “PR Fall 2014 Internship,” to: internships@sesame.org

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Office Admin. Assistant Fall 2014 Internship

EVPGML

Posted: August 11, 2014

Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in the lives of children worldwide by addressing their critical developmental needs.

Intern responsibilities:

Assist with filing, taking packages to mailroom, ordering supplies, typing, special projects as needed

Skills needed:

  • Must be very familiar with Outlook
  • Prior office experience (Preferred)
  • A self-starter and dynamic with great follow-up skills

 

Schedule:

Full time

To apply:

You must be a current matriculated student to be eligible for this internship. Please send a cover letter, and resume with the subject, “Office Assistant Fall 2014 Internship ,” to: internships@sesame.org

 

 

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Event Planning Fall 2014 Internship

CORPCOMM-EVENTS

Posted: August 11, 2014

Overview:
To gain knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of an Events department.

Intern responsibilities:

Assist with daily tasks and special events planning. Some tasks will include:

  •   Traffic invoices, contracts and talent payments
  •   Coordinate event shipments of props, costumes, production supplies, etc.
  •   Maintain and file department cds, dvd’s, tapes and presentation materials
  •   Photocopying, faxing, mailings, and answering the phones
  •   Attend and assist with events, muppet and walkaround appearances whenever possible
  •   Research vendors and event sites
  •   Onsite support for local events whenever possible

Skills needed: Word Processing, e-mail, web browsing/ research, filing.

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be pursuing a degree
  • Must be an undergraduate Junior/Senior or a graduate student
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Must have the legal right to work in the United States

Schedule:

21 hrs/week
To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with the subject, “Events Planning Fall 2014 Internship, ATTN: Allyson Pableo”

*You must be a full-time matriculated college student to apply. These are paid internships. Interns will receive $8 per hr.

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Freelance Digital Live Operations Manager

International Creative

Posted: August 11, 2014

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.

Overview:
The Digital Live Operations Manager will work to improve engagement across a range of online and app interactive experiences (games, Web, apps). The position will have an analytics focus and will live tune, AB test, and create online engagement campaigns. The candidate should be a left and right brain thinker – equally comfortable with strategy, copywriting, interpreting data, and creating reports, The position requires experience in web maintenance best practices, online games, and, apps, Candidate must demonstrate creative thinking and strong technical and analytical skills. Candidates should have an interest in children’s development, games for learning, and be able to provide example(s) of successful community management and online engagements.

Responsibilities Could Include But Not Limited To:
● Be the guiding voice of continually improved UX
● Live turning website, online games, & apps
● Maintain interactive experience analytics
● Help improve our body of HTML5 Games
● Monitor usage and listen to user feedback across interactive experiences
● Iterate and improve interactive experiences based on user testing and analytics
● Work with Producers, Researchers, and the QA team to deploy and test builds
● Stay up to date on industry standard social media tools and best practices
Desired Skills:
● Web content publishing and community moderation
● Ability to be self directed and comfortable in the creative process.
● Strong analytical skills and ability to interpret data into stories
● Experience with HTML5, Canvas, Javascript, CSS, JSON
● Experience with various CMS
● Understanding of web analytics and implementation
● Experience with Google Analytics and Google Play Game Services
● Familiarity with best practices in game live operations
● Experience with flash a plus
● iPhone/Android/Mobile/App live ops experience
● Hybrid App experience
● Strong willingness to learn, a team player, and good listener
● Creative problem solver
To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and link with the subject, “Live Operations Manager to: human.resources@sesame.org

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Freelance Game Designer

International Creative

Posted: August 11, 2014

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.

Overview:
The Game Designer will work on a range of productions within the organization. The main function of this position is to find the fun in all of our interactive experiences. In addition to iterative development the position will support the Workshop in multiple facets of game development and strategic planning. The position requires experience in game development and a demonstration of analytical skills and game operations, and moreover a strong interest in child development and games for learning. Candidates should be able to provide example(s) of projects authored using HTML5 canvas.

Responsibilities Could Include But Not Limited To:
● Conceptualize and guide web and mobile games for 2-5 year olds
● Work as part of a game prototyping team to rapidly prototype new game concepts
● Help improve and increase our body of HTML5 Games
● Help manage and improve the Games Archive
● Contribute to creative Games Strategy
● Iterate and improve games based on user testing and analytics
Desired Skills:
● Ability to make fun games – an innate sense for fun.
● Ability to be self directed and comfortable in the creative process.
● Ability to write specs and wireframe
● Unity and other cross platform development framework experience a plus
● Understanding of game analytics and implementation
● Familiarity with best practices in game live operations
● Experience with flash games a plus
● Mobile web and native app experience
● Strong willingness to learn
● Team player and good listener
● Creative problem solver
To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with the subject, “Game Designer” and any pertinent links to: human.resources@sesame.org

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Freelance HTML5 Game Developer

International Creative

Posted: August 11, 2014

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.

Overview:
The Game Developer will work on a range of productions within the organization. There are 3 main function of this position:
1. Support HTML5 games and apps in production with our vendors
2. Support game live operations and tuning
3. Work on rapid prototypes of new game ideas and frameworks
In addition to the above the position will support the Workshop in multiple facets of game development and strategic planning. The position requires experience in both game development and a demonstration of strong technical and analytical skills. Candidates should have an interest in children’s development and games for learning be able to provide example(s) of projects authored using HTML5 canvas.

Responsibilities Could Include But Not Limited To:
● Be the technical voice guiding game development teams
● Live turning online games
● Implement and maintain game analytics
● Work as part of a game prototyping Team to rapidly prototype new game concepts
● Help improve and increase our body of HTML5 Games
● Help Manage and improve the Games Archive
● Contribute to Technical Games Strategy
● Work with Producers, Researchers, and the QA team to deploy and test builds
● Iterate and improve games based on user testing and analytics

Desired Skills:
● Ability to make fun games – an innate sense for fun.
● Ability to be self directed and comfortable in the creative process.
● Ability to write cross-browser & cross platform compatible HTML5 code
● Ability to write elegant and documented code
● Experience with HTML5, Canvas, Javascript, CSS
● Experience with 2D game frameworks like Haxe or Cocos 2D
● Experience with Google Analytics and Google Play Game Services
● Unity experience a plus
● Comfort working with Source Control
● Understanding of game analytics and implementation
● Familiarity with best practices in game live operations
● Experience with flash games a plus
● iPhone/Mobile/App development a plus
● Strong willingness to learn, A team player, and good listener
● Creative problem solver
To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and link with the subject, “HTML5 Game Developer” to: human.resources@sesame.org

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Short-Term Project Manager/Director

Community and Family Engagement

Posted: August 08, 2014

 

Sesame Workshop’s Community and Family Engagement group is seeking a full time project manager with at least 8 years’ experience leading complex, multi-phase initiatives.

 

 

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree and at least 8 years’ experience

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Ability to lead cross-functional team meetings and interact with external stakeholders at a high level

• Ability to learn quickly and understand organizational interdependencies

• Ability to work independently in a team environment and to respond quickly to changing priorities and immediate demands

• Not easily flustered by simultaneous demands from different stakeholders across multiple projects

• Ability to problem-solve creatively and quickly; not afraid to offer ideas/solutions/opinions

• Ability to communicate with and work harmoniously with different personality types

• Extremely punctual, dependable, attentive, deadline-driven, organized, and detail-oriented

 

Responsibilities:

• Manage project timelines, monitor budgets and interdependencies to ensure on-time, cost-effective delivery of project assets.

• Promote existing project resources for digital and tangible dissemination

• Report on impact and reach of existing resources through metrics analysis and user feedback

• Experience with children’s media, including print, video, and interactive media a plus

 

Term:

• This is a 6-month, maternity leave replacement position.

• Start date is ASAP, but not before Aug 15

To apply, email a current resume as a pdf attachment and a 1-paragraph introduction in the body of an email to Jessica@sesame.org. No phone calls.

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Creative Services Studio Intern

Creative Services

Posted: August 08, 2014

Provide project management and administrative support within Creative Services department.

CS Studio Intern Job Responsibilities:

Pre-Production

Set up job folders.

Gather assets to kick off jobs.

 

Traffick 

Download working files and traffic to designers. File rounds on server.

Proof copy changes.

Proof design changes.

Purchase stock.

 

Admin

Comp guides, posters, kit packaging, event signage and tent cards.

Photography and design file search in archives.

Update project status with Director of Production.

Submit invoices.

 

Upload/download files via FTP

Retrieve old files from server for re-prints, release to designers.

Retrieve artwork from server when Letter A is down and or follow up with CS and Character Artists for additional art assets not found on Letter A.

 

Post Production

Download final Marketing, Community Engagement and CS design files and file in archive.

Collect final printer files and archive.

Archive stock photography and Community Engagement character artwork on server.

 

*Basic Adobe Creative Suite skills a plus but not required.

*Must be a matriculated student to apply

 

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Worldwide Media Fall 2014 internship

Publishing

Posted: August 06, 2014

Sesame Workshop is looking for an experienced design student to support digital publishing team in creating content for a preschool digital magazine app for the iOS platform.

Intern Responsibilities:

• Collaborate with editors and digital asset manager to design and assemble final page layouts within InDesign.

• Prepare, create, or modify existing digital assets in Photoshop and Illustrator.

• Research, select, edit and re-size photos.

• Modify 2D digital art assets (silhouetting, retouching, color correction) to prepare them for interactive design.

 

Skills Needed:

• Must be fully competent with Adobe InDesign and proficient with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

• Must be able to apply a design aesthetic that is appropriate to and appealing to preschool age children.

• Familiarity with web design, animation, and interactive design is helpful but not required.

• Familiarity with HTML/general coding is helpful but not required.

• Portfolio for review is preferrable

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International Creative Fall Internship

International Creative

Posted: August 01, 2014

Production intern for Sesame Workshop’s International coproductions. The internship involves working with the production team, supporting our international coproducers, and communicating with various departments within the company through various stages of production & preproduction.

 

Responsibilities Could Include But Not Limited To:

● Provide Administrative Support to producers and international staff

● Basic tv, video and/or game production skills and knowledge

● Research products and media landscapes in specific countries

● Production Support

  • Review, Tag, & Log Deliverables
  • Prepare storage and archives
  • Document information to calculate residuals
  • Manage digital media
  • Make dubs and provide content, as requested

● If possible; help with script translations

● Attend script reviews/rough cut reviews and assist in workshops and meetings

● Review and write show evaluations

● Assist with special projects as needed

Desired Skills

● Strong interest in children’s media and education

● Language Skills (We are currently active in about 25 countries)

● Television/film/game production, or communication background desired

● Excellent communication and organizational skills

● Must thrive in a collaborative environment

● Proficient in Microsoft office; Excel, PowerPoint, MS Word.

● Strong social media skills

Schedule:

3-5days/wk. fulltime

To apply

You must be a current matriculated student to be eligible for this internship. Please send a cover letter, and resume with the subject, “International Creative Intern,” and any pertinent links to: internships@sesame.org

 

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Graphic Design Production Intern Fall 2014

Production

Posted: July 28, 2014

SESAME STREET, the award winning television program produced by Sesame Workshop, is seeking a Graphic Design Major with a specific interest in digital design (not print) for a Fall 2014 Production Internship. We are looking for a proactive, driven, problem solving intern that is interested in learning about all aspects of production and digital production.

The Graphic Design Production Intern will directly support the Lead Digital Designer and be responsible for the general duties of all Production Interns, including guest relations, administrative support in the production office as well as Sesame Workshop, researching show information, episode screening, set tours, script distribution/copying, office runs around the city, and special projects.

Job Requirements:

  • Proficient in the Adobe Suite
  • Familiar with web design, app design, html5 games, UI/UX design, wireframes and motion
  • An online portfolio is a plus!
  • Familiar with HTML/CSS (though programming is not required)

 

Responsibilities would include:

  • Post-production of art assets for our various digital properties
  • Help synthesize analytics of current visual content to create a stronger, more cohesive brand experience across all platforms
  • Aid in collecting visual inspirational assets for future visual projects

Days/Hours Needed:   2-3 days a week, 7hrs/day max

****Must be currently enrolled in College or a University****
***Internship will begin in September***

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across more than 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 community engagement, 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.

 

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Digital Media Production Intern Fall 2014

Production

Posted: July 28, 2014

SESAME STREET, the award winning television program produced by Sesame Workshop, is seeking a Computer Science Major for a Fall 2014 Production Internship. We are looking for proactive, driven, problem solving interns that are interested in learning about all aspects of production and digital production.

Digital Media Production Interns will specifically assist the Technical Director’s team. They will also contribute to the general duties including guest relations, administrative support in the production office as well as Sesame Workshop, researching show information, episode screening, set tours, script distribution/copying, office runs around the city and special projects.

Required Skills:

  • HTML/CSS
  • Flash/HTML5
  • Javascript and Jquery

Familiar with the following software:

  • Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • FinalCut or CS5
  • Adobe Photoshop

Days/Hours Needed:   2-3 days a week, 7hrs/day max

****Must be currently enrolled in College or a University****
***Internship will begin in September***

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across more than 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 community engagement, 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.

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Vice President, Interactive Media Distribution and Services

WorldWide Media distribution

Posted: July 24, 2014

The Worldwide Media Distribution (WWMD) division of Sesame Workshop is seeking a Vice President, Interactive Media Distribution and Services. The Vice President will be responsible for identifying and developing strategic partnerships in the digital video and interactive space, including paid mobile & native app’s, interactive gaming, and direct-to-consumer digital content services. The position oversees topline revenue growth and the overall P&L, and works closely with other areas of the organization, mainly Digital Operations & Fulfillment, Content Production, Education & Research, Marketing, Legal and Finance, to help drive the group and the company towards continued future growth and profitability.

 

 

The WWMD division of the Workshop is responsible for developing and executing commercially viable media distribution strategies across all media platforms worldwide, including: Television, Publishing, Audio, Interactive, and Digital. The Vice President, Interactive Media Distribution and Services position plays a crucial role in managing and expanding an already-successful multi-platform media business.

 

The Interactive Media business includes a successful, critically-acclaimed mobile app business, which began in 2009 and has grown to include over 45 native apps across all major platforms. Some existing app’s include Elmo Loves ABC’s, Elmo Loves 123’s, Sesame Street Family Play, and Elmo Calls. The business also includes development relationships with dozens of top-tier interactive and mobile game developers, global platform operators (e.g.: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Microsoft) and CE manufacturers (e.g.: Intel, Qualcomm, LeapFrog).

 

The U.S. Interactive Media business also includes Direct-to-Consumer offerings (e.g.: www.sesamego.com) with full vertical integration and p&l responsibilities, from Consumer Marketing and Conversion, to Digital Operations and Fulfillment.

 

The Vice President, Interactive Media Distribution and Services position reports to the SVP of Worldwide Media Distribution.

 

Primary Responsibilities:

 

  • Day-to-day operational, hands-on role in growing recently launched direct-to-consumer digital media service. Responsibilities including ongoing development and refinement of Marketing strategy, customer acquisition/conversion metrics, and content strategies. Work closely with Director, Digital Operations and Fulfillment to ensure positive customer experience and to prioritize ongoing UI/UX and overall service improvements. Manage key technology and development vendor relationships.
  • Business Development and P&L oversight of select U.S. Apps and overall Commercial Games business
  • Manage the business development team. Work closely with the Vice President of Global Interactive Strategies (Content Production) to develop new opportunities and to build smart, commercially-viable business plans
  • Work with Content Production and other key internal stakeholders to research, identify, and initiate contact with leading players in the U.S. games, apps, and digital audio/video eco-systems
  • Negotiate, close and maintain strategic partnerships, licensing deals, and co-development arrangements with those key players.
  • Develop and execute future growth strategies
  • Build and analyze business models
  • Work with stakeholders across the company to align knowledge and approach to the games and apps space
  • Work with Legal and Finance regarding contract execution and rights issues

Desired Skills and Experience:

 

  • A strong digital technology, gaming, and mobile background – preferably with direct-to-consumer experience
  • Direct experience in the digital/interactive media space, a robust network of contacts, a genuine passion for digital media and technology
  • 8 to 10+ years business development experience, with a proven track record of executing strategic partnership and digital media deals – preferably children’s media
  • Strong knowledge of digital video, mobile, gaming, apps, current trends, and key players
  • Strong knowledge and demonstrated ability to comprehend and structure complex deals and partnerships
  • Must be a proactive self-starter capable of self-management
  • Comfortable managing multiple projects
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable working across multiple divisions within a company
  • Undergraduate degree in new media, business, marketing, or related field required; MBA preferred
  • Excellent MS Office skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)

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International Producer – China

International Creative

Posted: June 17, 2014

This producer will be responsible for creative oversight of Sesame Workshop activities in China.

Currently Sesame is localizing content for digital and broadcast distribution and maintaining web and social media presences. We are in development on original Chinese linear and interactive content.

Initially the position is located in New York, NY with travel to China. There is so the possibility to move this position to China. Flexible hours required.

Responsibilities

  • Manage the day to day creative operations for Sesame Workshop in China, including overseeing co-productions and local productions.
  • Oversee and maintain programming on VOD and web platforms.
  • Oversee content production for social media.
  • Oversee localization of Video and Interactive content.
  • Create pitch materials for proposed content development including broadcast.

Skills

  • Creative thinking
  • Bilingual, fluent in Mandarin (Speaking and Writing) and English.
  • 5 Years production experience in linear and interactive content.
  • Production experience spanning: TV series, Promos, Web content, App Development, Social Media
  • Production experience in China required.
  • Ability to think strategically and make multi-year programs.

Company Description

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org. or www.sesamestreetchina.com.cn

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Administrative Assistant, Global Toys

Domestic Licensing

Posted: June 10, 2014

To provide administrative and project support to the Domestic licensing group.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • For Global Toys, collect critical quarterly licensee forecasts, review and note variances and maintain running excel comparison chart
  • For Global Toys, maintain master excel charts for contracts, toy line lists, etc.
  • Process and coordinate product orders from other departments: includes preparing purchase orders, processing invoices for timely payment, breaking down shipments for intra-department distribution, coordinating with Finance on budget code approvals, etc.
  • Schedule and coordinate appointments for internal & external meetings (schedule meeting rooms, requestequipment, order food, etc.)
  • Answer phone calls and emails, including consumer inquiries for Global Toys — responding directly when appropriate, referringto others when necessary
  • Arrange & coordinate travel schedules, including meeting schedules for trade shows/conventions
  • Complete, code & track expense reports, department time sheets, vacation schedules
  • Establish & maintain files(including contact lists) in an organized manner, including scanning and archiving when necessary
  • Distribute and archive product samples for Domestic Licensing
  • Perform various administrative & clerical functions & special projects (i.e. trade show support) to support department as needed
  • Work with other administrative assistants in department and help to cover as needed

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to work under pressure in fast paced environment
  • Team player
  • Attention to details
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once & prioritize
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to initiate & follow through on projects
  • Show initiative & be proactive in planning & anticipating potential issues & resolve them

CRITICAL POSITION BEHAVIORS:

  1. Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well. Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues. Must possess a “can-do” and “will-do” attitude.
  2. Flexibility/Adaptability: Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals and groups. Ability to take direction. Understanding and appreciating different and opposing perspectives, adapting one’s approach as the requirements of a situation change.
  3. Energy Level: High energy level and enthusiasm for the position.
  4. Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  5. Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work, but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.
  6. Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.
  7. Customer Focus: Ability and desire to place the customer needs first.
  8. Team Player: Must get along well with entire group/organization and build network of trust.

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS:

  • College Degree preferred
  • Computer Proficient: Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel and Internet
  • A positive attitude with a sense of humor
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Organizational and follow-through skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in fast paced environment
  • Attention to details and extremely organized
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once and prioritize
  • Ability to work independently and “own” projects
  • Ability to problem solve

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Freelance Interactive Producer

Sesame Street Production

Posted: May 29, 2014

Are you passionate about children’s entertainment and education? Have you always wanted to work with Cookie Monster? Do you obsess over how to make the best products possible for the next generation?

Job Description:
Sesame Workshop is currently seeking a multiplatform, multimedia Producer to shepherd production for a wide range of interactive projects. Current projects span mobile web games, apps, and pioneering AR experiences to name a few. Depending on the scope of any given initiative, this producer will coordinate with developers, writers, artists, and Sesame Street performers; and lead the production of mobile web games, apps (across multiple OS platforms), and a range of innovative interactive experiences. We are looking for someone who can manage day to day detail while evaluating each decision against big picture objectives. Being able to play well with others is a must – you’ll be working crossdivisionally with many different stakeholders to plan, create, integrate and distribute Sesame media experiences. The position reports in to the Senior Producer of Apps and Games.

Position responsibilities include:
● Keeper of project goals, budget, and schedule.
● Creatively lead and manage day to day production teams (developers, artists, writers) working
with both internal staff/freelancers and external developers
● Ensure delivery of the best product possible by efficient, costeffective,
and timely production
of all project elements.
● Create project briefs, content plans, RFP’s, wireframes, and production schedules.
● Manage daily project communication. Aggregate and distill input from all stakeholders and
maintain regular status updates.
● Facilitate aggressive timelines and proactively solve problems and address bottlenecks.
● Measure decisions from end user experience. Help find the fun and optimize engagement.
● Understand what draws children into experiences and how to engage them to learn

Required Experience:
● 5+ years of interactive content production experience (with significant exposure to gaming)
● 2+ years in mobile web
● 2+ years in native app development and/or platform ports
● Agile development experience is a must
● Strong leadership and communication skills (verbal and written)
● Technical understanding of mobile web and native devices – iOS and Android (Google Play and
Amazon Stores)
● Experience managing video production
● Live operations and CMS best practices
● Launched products with great children’s UI/UX
● Have a demonstrable passion for children’s media and education. (25
year olds)

Company Description:
Sesame Workshop, a notforprofit educational organization, creates innovative and engaging content to help all children reach their highest potential. For more than 40 years, the Workshop has been a global pioneer in educating and entertaining children through multiple media. The organization grounds its work in research to understand how media helps children learn, develop and grow.

 

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Freelance User Acquisition and Monetization Consultant

Digital and HV Distribution

Posted: April 25, 2014

The digital media department at Sesame Workshop is seeking a short term user acquisition and e-commerce consultant to advise and implement strategies necessary to increase user acquisition and conversion, as well as landing page optimization for Sesame Workshop’s subscription-based direct-to-consumer content offerings.

Desired Skills and Experience

Candidate must have the following skills and experience:

  • 6+ years working in e-commerce services
  • Drive and define A/B testing roadmap for revenue and user experience optimization, fluency in testing software such as Optimizely is a must
  • Lead multivariate creative testing to optimize landing pages and develop new member experiences
  • Manage all aspects of our display advertising campaigns and work closely with external agencies to ensure alignment to corporate goals.
  • Implementing best practices for creating ongoing testing process
  • An ability to collect, analyze and transform user data into insights and actionable UI/UX improvements
  • Deliver against key performance metrics (KPI) including traffic, subscriber acquisition, engagement, cost per acquisition, lead generation, landing page optimization, conversion
  • Demonstrated track record of increasing acquisition  numbers and executing successful campaigns
  • Build operational dashboards to monitor product performance by traffic acquisition source (organic, SEM, etc.) .
  • Conduct in-depth analyses on site behaviors, click patterns, user satisfaction, and monetization
  • Analyze of various performance metrics to identify issues and areas of opportunity at a site infrastructure, landing page and keyword level

 

Bonus Experience:

  • Digital content or digital media experience
  • Experience with subscription-based products

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HTML5 Game Development Intern

Interactive Department

Posted: April 15, 2014

The Game Development Intern will work on a range of productions within the organization. The main function of this position is to work on rapid prototypes of new game ideas and frameworks in conjunction with a game designer and experienced producers. In addition to iterative development the position will support the Workshop in multiple facets of game development and strategic planning. The position requires experience in both game development and a demonstration of strong technical skills. Candidates should have an interest in children’s development and games for learning be able to provide example(s) of projects authored using HTML5 canvas.

Responsibilities Could Include But Not Limited To:

•Work as part of a game prototyping Team to rapidly prototype new game concepts

•Help improve and increase our body of HTML5 Games

•Help Manage and improve the Games Archive

•Contribute to Technical Games Strategy

•Work with Producers, Researchers, and the QA team to deploy and test builds

•Iterate and improve games based on user testing and analytics

Desired Skills:

•Ability to make fun games – an innate sense for fun.

•Ability to be self directed and comfortable in the creative process.
•Ability to write cross-browser & cross platform compatible HTML5 code

•Ability to write elegant and documented code

•Experience with HTML5, Canvas, Javascript, CSS

•Experience with 2D game frameworks like Haxe or Cocos 2D

•Unity experience a plus

•Comfort working with Source Control

•Understanding of game analytics and implementation

•Familiarity with best practices in game live operations

•Experience with flash games a plus

•iPhone/Mobile/App development a plus

•Strong willingness to learn

•Team player and good listener

•Creative problem solver

*Must be a Matriculated Student*

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Game Design Intern Fall 2014

Interactive Department

Posted: April 15, 2014

The Game Design Intern will work on a range of productions within the organization. The main function of this position is to work on rapid prototypes of new game ideas in collaboration with other designers, developers, and experienced producers. In addition to iterative development the position will support the Workshop in multiple facets of game development. The position requires experience in both game development and a demonstration of strong creative thinking. Candidates should have an interest in children’s development and games for learning be able to provide example(s) of applicable projects.

Responsibilities Could Include But Not Limited To:

•Work as part of a game prototyping Team to rapidly prototype new game concepts

•Develop game concepts and pitches

•Help improve and increase our body of HTML5 Games

•Help Manage and improve the Games Archive

•Work with Senior Game Designers to support Game development

•Work with Producers, Researchers, and the QA team to deploy and test builds

•Iterate and improve games based on user testing and analytics

Desired Skills:

•Ability to design fun games

•A sixth sense to find the magic

•Ability to synthesize simple solutions out of chaos and many choices

•Ability to be self directed and comfortable in the creative process

•Coding skills are a big plus

•Good understanding of game analytics and game balancing

•Familiarity with best practices in game live operations

•Photoshop, wireframing software, and basic content creation tools

•Experience with flash games a plus

•iPhone/Mobile/App experience a plus

•Strong willingness to learn

•Team player and good listener

•Creative problem solver

*Must be a Matriculated Student*

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Sesame Workshop is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified applicants for employment, without regard to race, gender, color, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled or Military Veteran.

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Resumes and cover letters for opportunities at Sesame Workshop can be emailed to:

human.resources@sesame.org
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