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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

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Production intern

International Creative

Posted: April 15, 2014

We are seeking a production intern for Sesame Workshop’s International co-productions. This internship involves working with the production team, supporting our international co-producers, and communicating with various departments within the company through various stages of production & pre-production.

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

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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

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Freelance Editorial Production Assistant

Production

Posted: April 11, 2014

Provide direct support to Director Content & Implementation Managementin, the coordination and development of the teacher-facing and family-facing educational and editorial work.

Role: Provide direct support to Lucy Hart in the coordination and development of the teacher-facing and family-facing educational and editorial work. This includes but is not limited to the following:

1.       Administrative duties including: coordinating calendars, coordinating meetings including materials, file management, maintaining information board for the floor.

2.       Help maintain schedules, workflow, and file management for all teacher-facing and family-facing materials, which includes internal and external review processes before final integration by Teaching Strategies. Scope of work includes helping coordinate and organize:

Family-facing: Newsletter texts and assets

  • Prototypes and guidelines
  • Approx. 15 mobile-site bundles
  • Approx. 105 co-engagement texts
  • Theme-based intros (approx. 15)
  • 30 Printables (existing and new)
  • All Spanish translations

Teacher-facing

  • 40-50 Dual-language supports
  • 200 teacher tips and any Spanish translations
  • 21 Behind the Scenes Videos
  • 2 complete webinar series

3.       Maintain the content workflow and versions as well as the archive for all Teaching Strategies-related materials — from prototype and designs to final manuscript and presentations.

4.       Help prepare any documents and materials that need to be shared across teams and leadership for clear and consistent communications.

Contract Dates: 4/28/14- 9/26/14

  • Weekly Time Needs: Full time
  • Weekly Rate: Flat rate of $700/week
  • Total Approx. Budget: $15,400

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Freelance User Acquisition and UX Consultant

Digital and HV Distribution

Posted: April 10, 2014

The digital media department at Sesame Workshop is seeking a short term user acquisition and UX consultant to advise and implement strategies necessary to increase user acquisition and conversion, as well as landing page optimization for Sesame Workshop digital media products and in particular a number of subscription-based direct-to-consumer content offerings.

Candidate must have the following experience:

  • 6+ years      working in ecommerce or online services
  • Experience      with A/B and multivariate testing methodologies, fluent in testing      software (e.g. Optimizely), and implementing best practices for creating      an 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

Bonus Experience:

  • Digital content or digital media experience
  • Experience in managing the entire B2C user life cycle
  • Experience with subscription-based marketing

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2014 Strategic Partners and Development Summer Intern

Strategic Partnerships and Development

Posted: March 28, 2014

Assist the Strategic Partnerships and Development Department in Sponsorship and Development.

Intern Responsibilities:

  •  Conduct prospect research

• Provide administrative support for department

• Assist with special projects as needed

• Assist with development of marketing and sales materials

• Provide support in preparation of trips: briefing books, itineraries

• Maintain integrity of database

• Maintain organized and comprehensive paper files.

 

Skills Needed:

Proficiency in MS Office

Please submit a cover letter and resume to apply for a summer internship in the Strategic Partnerships & Development Department.

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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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ONGOING: Administrative Temporary Program

All Departments

Posted: January 01, 2014

Sesame Workshop is continuously seeking candidates for our temporary administrative assistant program to work on contract in all departments.

Our positions require that candidates have administrative experience supporting executives. In addition, the candidate should be extremely organized, detailed oriented, proactive, efficient and have the ability to juggle various job duties and every day work pressures.

General Functions:

Perform various administrative functions of a routine nature as well as:

  • Data Entry
  • Screening incoming telephone calls
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Drafting and completing memorandums and letters
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Arranging domestic and international travel arrangements
  • Ability to work on projects with little supervision
  • Filing, faxing, copying etc.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Must be a team player

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Multi-Platform Games Producer

Sesame Street Production

Posted: July 25, 2013

Sesame Workshop is currently seeking a multi-platform, multi-media Producer to shepherd production for a wide range of content rich, media projects.  Depending on the scope of any given initiative this producer would be expected to produce or coordinate with others, manage Associate Producers and Production Assistants on the production of native apps, web and mobile web games, current and next gen console games and video content. This individual will be responsible for all areas of content production, from big picture contributions to proper executions of all elements. Being able to play well with others is a must – you’ll be working cross-divisionally to plan, create, integrate and distribute content. The position reports in to the Senior Producer of Apps and Games.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Ensure efficient, cost-effective, and timely production of all elements
  • Lead and manage production resources (developers, artists, writers) to meet daily deliverables’ deadlines
  • Write content plans, requests for proposals, wireframes, production schedules, status reports
  • Aggregate and distill input from all areas of the organization; develop the best approach for incorporating feedback into project execution
  • Facilitate aggressive timelines and proactively address bottlenecks
  • Guide the implementation process and support the production team throughout the process

 

Experience required

The ideal candidate should have 5+ years of digital media content production experience (with significant exposure to interactive media and/or non-profits), including 2+ years in mobile and native app development. Strong leadership and communication skills (verbal and written) are required, as is a technical understanding of mobile, web and console platforms, video production, best practices, content management systems, and industry developments. Previous game design experience and understanding of best UI/UX practices when it comes to children’s media is a plus. Possessing a passion for children’s media and education round out the candidate’s requirements.

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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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