Contract Job

Director Of Strategic Growth & Development

Sesame Workshop

New York, NY 06-21-2021
  • Paid
  • Contract
  • Entry (0-2 years) Experience
Job Description
Director of Strategic Growth & Development - Contract, part-time

Director of Strategic Growth and Development (Part-Time, Contract Position)

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is looking for a part-time Strategic Growth and Development Director to design and lead a new development strategy, including building new multi-disciplinary partnerships with other prominent organizations, leading program design with experts in their field and overseeing strategic fundraising efforts. This position will report directly to the Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and work collaboratively with the ED, the Cooney Center's Director of Industry Partnerships and Director of Web and Strategic Communications to leverage efforts across work streams for organizational growth and sustainability. This contract role will also partner with Sesame Workshop's Philanthropic Development Team to align development strategies, build a system of ongoing collaboration between the two organizations, identify funding opportunities, and cultivate funder relationships. This role is a part-time (17 hours per week) one year contract position.

• Design and lead a new strategic development plan based on JGCC's recently adopted organizational strategy to support short- and long-term growth and sustainability, in collaboration with the Executive Director, JGCC team and other stakeholders as identified
• Lead multi-disciplinary partnerships and program design with prominent institutions (e.g., nonprofits, universities, etc.), often engaging leaders at those institutions and navigating competing demands
• Co-create next generation, digital media research and innovation initiatives with cross-sector, expert partners
• Build and maintain strong relationships with existing and potential funding partners, including supporting and engaging the Executive Director in funder cultivation
• Secure funding for JGCC's initiatives by leading all fundraising efforts, including, but not limited to, prospect research, funder cultivation, strategic messaging, and developing compelling products (e.g., concept papers, proposals) and experiences for funders.
• Implement and oversee a CRM system for JGCC donors
• Contribute to the JGCC team's industry-facing and other program design efforts as needed, as well as JGCC's organizational messaging
• Work with Sesame Workshop's Philanthropic Development Team to design and implement a collaborative system for development and fundraising

• Minimum of 10 years of nonprofit or education leadership roles and/or nonprofit consulting with relevant client list, with a focus on development, strategic partnerships and fundraising
• Success in leading teams of high-level experts in collaboration and co-design of new initiatives or programs
• Track record of securing 6-8 figure grants from institutional donors and government agencies, as well as experience securing gifts from individual donors
• Evidence of program and initiative design that led to demonstrated positive impact or change in the education field
• Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex topics across multiple disciplines into compelling, accessible concept papers, proposals and other products
• Demonstrated deep understanding of education practices, policy and/or research
• Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience required, Master's Degree preferred
• Experience in the educational technology sector preferred


Named after Sesame Workshop's Co-founder, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center is an independent research and innovation lab that focuses on the challenges of educating children in a rapidly changing media landscape. We conduct original research on emerging education technologies and collaborate with educators and media producers to put this research into action. We're a small, tightly knit team that embraces creativity as a core value. We look at every opportunity as a chance to build the organization we want to work for, and we invite you to join us.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Jobcode: Reference SBJ-gw7n4n-18-204-48-64-42 in your application.