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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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Production Intern Fall 2014

Production

Posted: July 28, 2014

Sesame Street Production is looking for TV/Production majors for the Fall 2014 Production Internship. We are looking for proactive, driven, problem solving interns that are interested in learning about all aspects of production.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Answer Production phone lines
  • Assist in Sesame Street Digital Shoots
  • Assist Script Department in script distributions to cast/crew and in the script revision process
  • Observe Sesame Street both creative and management aspects of production to gain a better understanding of how a Sesame Street episode is produced
  • Production runs for post-production including runs to edit houses, mix sessions as well as general Sesame Street Runs
  • Responsible for giving Sesame Street Set Tours to Make A Wish, auction winners, donors, and guests of cast/crew when in Production
  • Test new Sesame Street Apps/Games for the web and mobile devices
  • Help Sesame Workshop staff as directed

 

Skills:

  • Computer Literate
  • Flexible
  • Organized
  • Problem Solver
  • Self-Starter
  • Team Player
  • TV/Film Production majors preferred**
  • Digital Media, Coding and Graphic knowledge is a plus

 

Please Note: Applicants must be currently enrolled in College or University.

All years are welcome to apply, Juniors and Seniors preferred.

Internship will start in September 2014 and end in December 2014.

 

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

Applicants can email internships@sesame.orgwith “Production Internship” as the subject.

 

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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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

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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Creative Services Project Manager Support / Production Design

Creative Services

Posted: January 29, 2014

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

Responsible for supporting the project manager with multiple projects and design for print production projects support.

OVERALL POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

Working closely with the Creative Services Director of Production, this role supports the creative & marketing team for a wide variety of project management, and print production projects for:

- Consumer Products

- Outreach Multi-media educational projects

- Corporate initiatives

- Brand & Marketing

• Support for creative & marketing services projects Project Management: :

- Support projects, build timelines, communicate balancing competing projects, tight deadlines, and stretched resources.

- Monitor day-to-day activities of each project, securing input and feedback; work closely with various designers, directors & project manager at the Sesame Workshop. Manage budgets, prepare contracts, track invoices and monitor project costs.

• Support for creative & marketing services projects Print Production:

- Design layout, re-sizing, copy changes, comp up and finalize print files for production, ensure quality production and delivery of material are on-time and within budget

- Work closely production for brand consistency & production excellence.

REQUIREMENTS:

• 3+ years of proven Project Management & print production experience

• Strong account management skills in working with many stakeholders

• Excellent interpersonal skills, interacting with senior executives and junior staffers alike

• Unparalleled attention to detail

• Expertise of the InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, PowerPoint

• Design training & experience for print production

• Satisfaction in being in the thick of chaotic projects and competing needs

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Veteran Fellowships at Sesame Workshop

Education and Research

Posted: June 21, 2012

About Fellowships at Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop, a not-for-profit 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. Sesame Workshop is best known as the creator of Sesame Street, The Electric Company and Pinky Dinky Doo.

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.

The following fellowships are available:

Content Distribution and Product Licensing Finance

Content Distribution and Produce Licensing finance teams are responsible for helping operational areas forecast their revenue and direct expenses, and performing providing supporting analysis and documentation for the annual audit.

Responsibilities include: preparing an audit, database input in an accounting environment, business forecasting, and assessing how for-profit businesses can support the goals for non-profit organizations

Qualifications include: a demonstrated interest (preferably a degree) in Finance, Accounting or Systems; working computer skills (Excel is a must, others can be taught), and an interest in media or product licensing

Educational Outreach

The Education Outreach Department is seeking a Fellow to provide project support for several initiatives currently under way or in development within the department.

Responsibilities include: conduct research to help the team expand its distribution and reach, participate in creative brainstorm sessions, assist Project Managers with timeline maintenance, respond to viewer email inquiries, and provide administrative and organizational support as needed.

Qualifications include: excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills, be team oriented and cooperative, show initiative and be proactive and anticipating potential issues

Home Video, Outreach and Series Production

Responsibilities include: provide administrative support to the producers, shadow individual producers on a rotating basis, research clips from the Sesame Street Library for use in home video production and summarize in documents and presentation, online research as needed, assist the Production Coordinator in obtaining and delivering assets to post production, create tracking documents, and provide administrative support as needed.

Qualifications include: excellent organizational skills, ability to communication effectively, knowledge of video production (recommended), and ability to work independently and by deadline.

Education and Research

The duties of Education and Research include: to assess the comprehension and appeal and to understand how to effectively position, market and measure the performance of Sesame Street products and programs, and develop, clarify and provide information about a production’s particular curriculum area.

Responsibilities include: library research, stimuli development, interviewing children, collecting/coding/verification of data, and screening show segments

Qualifications include: major or coursework in psychology, education child development and communications; experience with children; and prior research experience

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

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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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