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Human Resources Freelance HRIS Assistant

Posted: September 16, 2014

Are you an ambitious, hard worker who loves working with people? Can you picture yourself helping others in a corporate environment? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, a Human Resources Information System Analyst position at Sesame Workshop is for you!

We’re looking for people with enthusiastic personalities, articulate communication skills and a detail-oriented mentality, to play a key role within our Human Resources team. An ideal HRIS Assistant at Sesame Workshop, will be excited about working in a multi-tasking environment. An employee working with the HR department will attain hands-on experience and develop skills in the areas of Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, and Administration. The assistant will learn how a Human Resources department functions and supports a not-for-profit organization in the entertainment and education industry. Human Resource analysts are required to provide both administrative and analytic support to departments in order to manage critical and people sensitive projects. A person applying for this position will need to be extremely qualified for this position. Other tasks include customer support and office management.

What we offer:

• Basic Human Resources Training
• We want you to grow with the department and feel a sense of ownership. You can
propose ideas and execute on them with the support of the management team
• Opportunities to train and grow on your own professional development

Who You Are:

• Ideally, you have HR exposure but enjoy creating processes of your own
• You are detail-oriented and know how to manage your time appropriately
• You enjoy speaking to new employees and helping them troubleshoot
• Have a B.A. or B.S. Degree
• You possess excellent verbal, communication and organizational skills
• Excellent computer knowledge in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Knowledge of operating scanners, copiers and fax machines
• Ability to handle confidential matters appropriately
• Strong attention to detail & time management
Your Focus:
Some of the things you may be focusing on as a Human Resource HRIS Assistant:

• Updating various databases including ADP, PDS, etc.
• Processing semi-monthly payroll data in current HRIS system, ADP
• Performs customer service functions by answering employee requests & questions
• Researching and collecting data for various HR initiatives
• Performing Reference and background checks using E-Verify and Talentwise
• Creating new personnel files
• Participate in department meetings and other meetings/seminars
• Maintain human resource records and compile reports from databases
• Assist in maintaining compliance with federal and state regulations concerning employment
• Assist with Payroll Processing & mailing of employee contracts
• Other tasks as assigned
• Prepare and created statistical summaries, reports from HRIS involving payroll information.
• Process employee information.
• Maintain employee records on the Human Resource Information System.
• Document and customize statistical summaries and special reports from HRIS system.

Possible Projects:

• Assist in developing HR surveys/reports
• Work on compensation and benefits tasks/projects

Basic Requirements:

• Must have the legal right to work in the United States.
• Experience with a ADP HRIS database (HRB, Payroll, Reporting)
• Effective oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and computer literacy.
• Note: This is a Freelance Temp position 3-6months
Schedule: 5 days/wk.

Competencies
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies to perform the essential functions of this position.
• Problem solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully
• Interpersonal Skills—the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others’ ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things.
• Oral communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings.
• Written Communication—the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.
• Planning/organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
• Quality control—the individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality.
• Adaptability—the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
• Dependability—the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
• Safety and security—the individual actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly.

Other Considerations:

We’re a small, tightly-knit team that embraces freedom and flexibility as a core value. Since our start on TV, we’ve become a multimedia pioneer, using everything from radio, books, and videos to the latest in interactive media and technology, efforts that are enhanced through collaborations with our colleagues at the ground-breaking research and innovation lab, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Lastly, we look at every opportunity as a chance to build the company we’ve all always wanted to work for and invite you to join us to help children grow Smarter, Stronger and Kinder.

FLSA Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

Position Reports To: HR, Sr. Generalist and/or HR, Director

To apply:

Please send a current resume and a note about how you’d like to help Sesame Workshop’s HR department succeed to Human.Resources@sesame.org, Attn: Sara Jane David, Sr. Generalist

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Freelance Social Media Coordinator

Posted: September 10, 2014

Sesame Workshop is looking for a freelance Social Media Coordinator to assist in the management and expansion of the organization’s day-to-day social media activities. General duties include:
• Managing the social media calendar and ensuring that content is properly scheduled
• Gathering assets for social media posts
• Drafting blog posts
• Developing analytics reports
• Monitoring Sesame’s social media communities to develop ways to better engage with these audiences.

Skills/Experience:
• 1+ year experience in community management and/or social media marketing
• Proficient with major social media platforms
• Knowledge of social media analytics tools
• Highly organized
• Excellent writing/communication skills
• Experience in blogging, basic HTML, and familiarity with WordPress
• Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro a plus

 

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter with subject line, “Social Media Coordinator”, to: Human.resources@sesame.org

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DevOps Architect & Software Developer

Information Services

Posted: September 09, 2014

GENERAL PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF POSITION:
A creative team player who can take direction and follow-through. Creativity and good communication skills are essential. Areas of responsibility include support of existing systems and infrastructure as well as integration with existing systems and development of new applications.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Monitor development and production environments and keep them running smoothly
• Support, enhance and create web based applications and media fulfillment portals
• Support the DAM, MAM and media archive and distribution systems and their integration
• Maintain communication with manager or project lead on development work
• Build and maintain Puppet manifests to initially build, rebuild and reconfigure servers
• Build and maintain web and application clusters
• Fully understand the role of the systems and the infrastructure and provide ideas and recommendations regarding evolution of the system to meet the organization’s needs
• Troubleshoot production issues
• Secure internal and external websites
• Manage the Citrix XenServer (XCP) cloud infrastructure
• Manage the puppet provisioning infrastructure
• Manage the in-house monitoring infrastructure consisting of Cacti, Nagios, Lambda Probe, DataDog and Zabbix
• Manage the web development toolkit including (JIRA, Crowd, Confluence, Hudson, Stash and Sawmill)
• Work with development groups on assigned projects as a DevOps administrator
• Perform on-call duties and off hours migrations and maintenance
• Develop and maintain scripts and tools in Bash/Python/Perl/PHP
• Liaison with external managed services groups, developers and vendors
• Find the best tools within the budget

REQUIREMENTS:
• Solid understanding and experience working with Linux based systems (5+ years)
• Strong background with troubleshooting tomcat applications via JMX
• Background in troubleshooting web applications using backend tools such as tcpdump, wget/curl, tail; and frontend tools such as chrome developer toolkit
• Experience with Amazon Web Services, especially S3, CloudFront, Route53 and EC2
• Experience with managing a cloud infrastructure such as Amazon EC2, Citrix XenServer or VMware
• Experience with Apache Web Server, Tomcat, MySQL, PHP (3+ years)
• Strong experience in configuration management tools such as Puppet
• Hands-on experience administering a 24/7 web infrastructure (3+ years of experience)
• Strong understanding of web security, vulnerabilities and good practices
• Strong understanding of networking protocols such as TCP/IP, HTTP, AJP, FTP, SMTP, DNS, and concepts such as vips, vlans, NIC teaming, iptables, and caching
• Understanding of SVN (Subversion) or GIT and desire to version control everything

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS:
• Experience with Python and Fabric
• Experience with Ubuntu, SuSE or RedHat Linux
• Experience with A10’s AX series load balancers
• Experience with Google Search Appliance configuration and troubleshooting
• Great understanding of SQL and how to troubleshoot database servers and queries
• Experience bundling code in either DEB or RPM packages
• Understanding of load testing approaches, ex. performance vs capacity
• Experience with server orchestration tools such as MCollective
• Has release or contributed to an open source project

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. Understanding and appreciating different and opposing perspectives, adapting one’s approach as the requirements of a situation change. “Out of the box” thinking is a plus.
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.

To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter, with the subject line “DevOps Position” to: Human.Resources@sesame.org

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Web Producer, Joan Ganz Cooney Center

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Posted: September 05, 2014

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center (JGCC) at Sesame Workshop is an independent non-profit organization that aims to harness digital medial technologies to advance children’s learning. The Games and Learning Publishing Council (GLPC), a project of the JGCC, is a multi-sector leadership group that advances information about the impact games have on learning while supporting the ability of producers and investors to create marketable, research-based educational games.

The Web Producer will play a key communications role in developing reach and impact, with an emphasis on content management, social media marketing and results reporting for cooneycenter.org and gamesandlearning.org. S/he must work independently and as part of a team; be results and deadline-oriented, and maintain a focused vision of impact.

This is a NYC-based, 35-hour/week contract position with an initial term of 9 months and a possibility for extension.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Content Management

• Work with JGCC Web Director to provide content updates and day-to-day maintenance of cooneycenter.org, help to identify opportunities for new features and troubleshoot issues as they arise.
• Work with GLPC Editorial Director to report news for gamesandlearning.org, identify stories to highlight in the site’s news feed and contribute to on-going site features.
• Plan and execute coordinated releases between cooneycenter.org and gamesandlearning.org, including producing complementary content for different audiences, highlighting relevant partner content and facilitating content syndication to other sites.
• Solicit and edit columns from partners and other producers
• Write and edit teasers, headlines and blurbs for headlines and newsletters

Social Media Marketing

• Develop and post social media messaging based on overall themes/goals for both the JGCC and GLPC.
• Provide timely social media coverage of webinars, conferences and other live events.
• Track relevant social media trends and influencers; identify opportunities for growth.

Results Reporting

• Track and analyze a variety of metrics related to overall reach and impact; prepare internal reports and present findings to team members.
• Collect results from particular features and prepare reports to be shared with partners and funders.
• Develop and execute recommendations for short-term and long-term improvements to communications strategy, reach and impact.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

• A minimum of 4 years professional experience as a content producer for a high profile web site.
• Demonstrated ability to write, report and produce news articles while carrying out a consistent voice and style.
• Experience as a project manager for editorial, design and technical projects.
• Interest in and awareness of key issues in the fields of children’s media, learning research and educational game development.
• Experience producing web content using WordPress; strong understanding of web platforms, audio/video editing tools and programming languages.
• Experience analyzing reports from tools such as Google Analytics.
• Demonstrated understanding of the principles of user-centered design.
• Strong proofreading and quality assurance skills.
• Ability to work independently and thrive as a member of a team
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or a related field.

 

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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 2015 Spring Internship

LIC

Posted: August 12, 2014

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.

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 2015 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 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

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

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

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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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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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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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 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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