Join the Sesame Workshop Team to maximize your personal and professional potential
General Purpose and Scope of Position: To oversee product development and provide business support across food, gift and social expression accounts.
Creative Management including but not limited to:
- Track product development for all licensees and interface with creative services on all products from conceptual stage through final sample. Deliver feedback to licensees and ensure all product maintains Sesame Street brand integrity.
- Distribute creative assets and style guides to licensees.
- Responsible for overseeing the development and marketing of quality product.
- Coordinate and attend line reviews and product development meetings with creative resources and licensees on a regular basis.
- Ensure product development is within contractual rights.
- Develop and maintain licensees’ files for all product submissions.
- Gather and maintain information for the creation of product development schedules including key milestones in process.
- Create and maintain product bibles for all licensees including line lists, product photos and catalogs.
- Assist in the maintenance of sample stockroom and inventory for all licensees, including archiving of samples. Includes interfacing with licensee on current sample requirements.
Business Support including but not limited to:
- Assist in requesting, collecting and organizing line lists, sell-in & sell-thru data, retail updates, marketing & merchandising plans, etc. Coordinate business reviews, line reviews and product development meetings with licensees and creative resources on a regular basis, and attend when necessary.
- Schedule and recap recurring business updates with licensees.
- Assist in researching potential new partners and staying apprised of competitive and marketplace trends; create decks to illustrate findings.
- · Coordinate and gather quarterly forecasts from licensees and organize financial data.
- Assist with deal memo preparation as requested.
- Assists in preparing decks, one-sheets, job starts and pitches for various internal and external meetings.
- Organize contract deal points for all new and renewed partnerships.
- Coordinate materials for trade shows, advertising, events and line reviews.
- Provides business management tasks for additional key licensees, including but not limited to, licensee performance analysis, minute preparation, deal memo preparation, meeting coordination, etc.
- Conduct retail store-checks on a regular basis to examine the retail landscape and competition.
- Coordinate quarterly snapshot of cross-category success and placement at key retailers.
Critical Position Behaviors:
- 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.
- 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.
- Energy Level: High energy level and enthusiasm for the position.
- Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
- Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work, but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.
- Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.
- Customer Focus: Ability and desire to place the customer needs first.
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS:
B.A/B.S College Degree preferred
- Apparel/accessories and character licensing management experience preferred
- 3 years of work experience preferred
- Understanding of the components of commodity business based on sales and gross margin profitability as well as manufacturing process and development
- Ability to take direction
- A positive attitude with a sense of humor
- Creative, media and trend savvy
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Organizational and follow-through skills
- Ability to work under pressure in fast paced environment
- Team player
- 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
- Computer Proficient: Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel and Internet
Human Resources 2014 Spring Internship
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 Internship 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 Human Resources intern at Sesame Workshop, will be excited about working in a multi-tasking environment. An intern working with the HR department will attain hands-on experience and develop skills in the areas of Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, and Administration. The intern will learn how a Human Resources department functions and supports a not-for-profit organization in the entertainment and education industry. 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 some HR experience, 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 navigate a new office
- In process of obtaining a B.A. or B.S. Degree
- You possess excellent verbal, communication and organizational skills
- Basic 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
Some of the things you may be focusing on as a Human Resource intern:
- Updating various databases including ADP, PDS, etc.
- Researching and collecting data for various HR initiatives
- Performing Reference and background checks using E-Verify and Talentwise
- Preparing materials for orientation(s)
- Preparing new hire paperwork
- Possibly conducting/sitting in interviews
- Advertising open job positions
- Creating new personnel files
- Participate in department meetings and other meetings/seminars.
- Maintain human resource records and possibly compile reports from databases.
- Assist in maintaining compliance with federal and state regulations concerning employment
- Other tasks as assigned
- Assist with recruiting, interviewing, and conducting orientations
- Revamp training manual(s)
- Assist in developing HR surveys
- Work on compensation and benefits tasks/projects
- Networking with external resources
* 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: 2-3 days/wk for the Spring and/or Summer of 2014
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.
Please send a current resume and a note about how you’d like to help Sesame Workshop’s HR department succeed to Internships@sesame.org, Attn: Sara David, Sr. Generalist
Creative Services Project Manager Support / Production Design
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.
• 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
ONGOING: Administrative Temporary Program
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.
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.
- Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
- Excellent communication and organizational skills
- Must be a team player
Curriculum and Content Summer 2014 Internship
Curriculum & Content
The content intern is involved in reviewing and helping to create content for Sesame Street across all media platforms, including publishing, products and interactive. The intern is also involved in researching curriculum topics as well as in curriculum development and implementation. The schedule is flexible, however, they should be available to intern at least two-three days a week.
The intern should have a strong background in early childhood education or child development and experience working with preschoolers.
Director, Relationship and Acquisition Management
Strategic Partnerships and Development
This position is responsible for maintaining and growing ongoing relationships with Corporations and Corporate Foundations with a focus on Community Engagement partnerships and multi-platform sponsorships. Additionally, some sales and development for new digital projects. This position reports directly to VP, Strategic Partnerships & Development/ Relationship Management
- Provide project management support of key partnerships on a day-to-day basis and oversee implementation of all stages of the sponsorship relationships
- Develop innovative corporate sponsorship and digital partnership solutions in all prospect business categories
- Develop and present corporate sales presentations, proposals and materials to prospectsSupervise and mentor direct reports and maintain and strengthen relationships with existing Outreach partners
- Execute on the strategic direction for sponsorship relationships
- Collaborate with multidisciplinary team to build and manage high value relationships
- Navigate Sesame Workshop teams to optimize sponsors relationships
- Participate in the customization of the partner/sponsorship programs to support Sesame Workshop initiatives
- 5 – 7 years of corporate or agency experience in project and partnership management
- Demonstrated skills working across levels and collaboration with internal and external constituents
- Experience with selling multi-media campaigns with a strong knowledge of the current digital landscape
- Excellent written and verbal communications and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research studies a plus
- Demonstrated skills to plan and think strategically and deliver creative solutions
- Knowledge and understanding of the current media and landscapes (including traditional, digital and social media) and key media agency personnel
CRITICAL POSITION BEHAVIORS:
- Initiative: Effectively respond to multi-needs and pressures and act professionally
- Resourceful. Follow through on assignments, ideas and open issues. Must possess an optimistic and proactive attitude
- Flexibility/Adaptability: Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals and groups. Understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives, adapt one’s approach as the requirements of a situation change
- Energy Level: High energy level and enthusiasm for the position
- Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and her work but be able to take direction and criticism professionally
- Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner
- Customer Focus: Ability and desire to place the sponsors needs first
Summer 2014 Research Internship
This department seeks students majoring in psychology, education, and/or communications with a special interest in research and children.
|Intern responsibilities::||Domestic Research coordinates the research efforts of the International and Sesame Street Research groups. This research group also explores new methods of conducting and disseminating research to maximize the educational impact of Sesame Workshop materials. In addition, Domestic Research conducts formative research with children and their caregivers to support concept development, planning and production for Sesame Workshop outreach efforts as well as Sesame Street shows. Duties include: library research, stimuli development, interviewing children, collecting, coding and verification of data, and screening show segments.|
|Skills needed::||This department seeks students majoring in psychology, education, and/or communications with a special interest in research and children. This group seeks candidates studying psychology, education, and/or communications. Prior experience in collecting, coding or analyzing research is preferred. Prior experience working with young children is required. Interns work 2-3 full days a week for a full semester.|
Strategic Communications 2014 Internship
Strategic Communications and Messaging Intern (20 hrs/week)
This internship is part of the Sesame Workshop Corporate Communications team and will focus on two areas: 1) strategic communications (both internal and external) and 2) message research. The role works closely with the VP, Strategic Communications and as part of a fun and lively communications team working to support our mission of using the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential.
Key responsibilities include:
• Research for building a strategic communications plan.
• Assist with message research projects.
• Assist with analyzing existing research data.
• Assist with surveys and respective data.
• Analyze internal communications vehicles (newsletters, web, etc.).
• Assist with Speakers’ Bureau.
• Other tasks as needed.
Skills Needed: Word Processing, e-mail, web browsing, research, filing, etc.
Note: candidate must be a matriculated student at the time of the internship
Events and Promotions 2014 Internship
To gain knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of an Events department.
Assist with daily tasks and special events planning. Some tasks will include:
- Traffic invoices, contracts and talent payments
- Coordinate event shipments of props, costumes, and supplies
- 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
Word Processing, e-mail, web browsing, filing.
Note: candidate must be a matriculated student at the time of the internship
21 hrs/ week
International Distribution Summer 2014 Internship
Assisting in organization and creation of charts, sales sheets, DVDs, and other deliverable assets such as scripts, rundowns, and international promos. Learn how to assist in QCing of audio, ebooks, verbatim scripts, etc. Help organize data and returned assets.
Proficient in Microsoft Office a must; an enthusiastic learner with an interest in international media. Knowledge of additional languages & Adobe InDesign a plus but not necessary and be flexible to work at least 10 hours a week.
Multi-Platform Games Producer
Sesame Street Production
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
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.
Public Relations 2014 Internship
To gain knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of a Public Relations department.
Assist International, Domestic and Outreach 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
Word Processing, e-mail, web browsing, filing.
Note: Candidates must be a matriculated student at the time of the internship
Veteran Fellowships at Sesame Workshop
Education and Research
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
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
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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