Sesame Workshop is looking for a Philanthropic Development Director - Latin America. This is a newly created, key, high visibility position reporting into the Vice President, International Development & Partnerships with a dotted line to the Vice President & GM, Latin America. The position is based in Sesame’s headquarters location in New York, NY. This is a primary role focused on increasing fundraising capacity to grow and expand programs throughout Latin America. The individual will be responsible for developing broad strategies and cultivating the stakeholders to garner new funding resources and expand existing donor relationships in partnership with the broader organization. In addition, this person will proactively identify new donor prospects, lead grant proposal projects and engage the funding community will be key success areas for the role.
The individual will have a passion for the mission, be a self-motivated, proactive and a strong leader. They will have a successful track record working in a non-profit environment or a social impact for-profit organization building a pipeline and successfully securing new funding for programs in Latin America. Having a proven ability to build strong working relationships, this individual will work collaboratively and effectively across functions to support the Sesame Workshop’s efforts to build programs, develop partnerships, and secure funding for the Workshop’s social impact initiatives in Latin America. Collaborations include private and corporate foundations, government agencies and multilateral organizations. This unique position is responsible for identifying opportunities, collaboratively developing programs with the internal team, and managing partner relationships. The individual will be a hands-on, individual contributor, actively involved in writing proposals, concept notes letters of inquiry and funder reports. The selected candidate must have excellent communication skills - written and verbal and be highly organized. Professional Fluency in Spanish is required.
Proactively identify and drive funding opportunities to expand the workshop’s mission in Latin America
Build, manage and maintain strong relationships with existing and potential funding partners
Design programs with innovative funding models in collaboration with the Latin American team
Write compelling grant proposals and concept notes for private and corporate foundations, government agencies, multilateral organizations, and impact investors
Prepare interim and final reports for project and program funders
Manage and develop protocols for timely submission of proposals and reports
Track grant and all prospect activity and maintain a calendar for proposals and reports
Liaise with internal teams which cover EU and selective parts of MENA and APAC to be able to effectively identify and support opportunities appropriate to our operations in those regions
Keep abreast of trends and actors in Latin American philanthropic and humanitarian work
Support funding prospect and other research as needed
Attend team meetings and serve as a resource on funder requirements and grant deliverables
Manage/support the contracting process as needed
Sesame Workshop’s mission uses the educational power of media to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Delivered through a variety of platforms, including television programs, digital experiences, books and community engagement, its research-based programs are tailored to the needs of the communities and countries they serve. Educators. Creators. Researchers. Moms. Dads. Caregivers. Friends. Sesame a community of 400+ people (plus some amazing partners!) who are passionate about one thing: helping children. Present in more than 150 countries, providing almost two hundred million children with access to life-changing early education, critical health lessons, and helpful tools for tough situations. And joy. Lots of joy. Sesame reaches children in their earliest years, when we know we can have the biggest impact. Before age five, a child’s brain grows faster than at any other time, laying the foundation for all the learning, behavior, and physical and mental health to follow. And Sesame is there, helping those young children grow to reach their full potential.
Since the shared debut of Sesame’s beloved Plaza Sésamo and its Brazilian sibling, Vila Sésamo, made Latin American history in the 1970s, Sesame Workshop has reached millions of children across Latin America with ABCs and 123s, healthy habits, financial empowerment, social-emotional lessons, and more. Today, Sesame’s wide-ranging initiatives and partnerships are preparing families for a healthy, prosperous, and peaceful future.
Some of Sesame’s great work in the region includes:
Healthy Habits - Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia
Latin American countries have a high incidence in child’s obesity and diabetes. Sesame’s Listos a Jugar! was launched as a regional initiative with public and private partners to promote healthy habits including nutrition, physical activity, body awareness, self-care and self-regulation. Listos a Jugar! includes 26 episodes of a television show, digital platforms and community engagement activities.
Science and Math with a gender perspective —Mexico, Colombia and Brazil
Sesame’s gender equity initiatives are designed to improve the quality of educational experiences for all children, with a particular focus on girls’ participation. One example is Pequeñas Aventureras, a multimedia initiative that playfully promotes a sense of enjoyment and belonging of girls and boys in science and math, and changes attitudes and practices of teachers to enhance STEM learning in their classrooms while challenging gender stereotypes in the communities .
Play Every Day - Mexico
A three-country initiative of Sesame Workshop and the LEGO Foundation, Play Every Day is designed to position play as a key component of parent-child relationships, a springboard for lifelong learning and a driver for the development of cognitive, social, and emotional competences.
Financial Empowerment - Mexico, Chile, Brazil
Sesame’s “Dream, Save, Do” initiative is available to families in Mexico, Chile and Brazil. Through Spanish- and Portuguese-language videos and other engaging content featuring Elmo and friends, Sésamo is empowering children and adults to define their goals, make plans, and understand how their everyday choices can help them fulfill their dreams.
WASH UP! - Honduras, Peru
Limpios y Felices (WASH UP!) program reaches Latin American families with easy-to-share lessons about handwashing and healthy latrine use. A partnership between Sesame Workshop and World Vision, WASH UP! operates in more than 11 countries.
Digital Literacy - Mexico, Colombia
Sesame’s regional digital literacy initiatives prepare children to learn and thrive with technology, while protecting them from dangers.
Culture of Peace - Brazil
In Brazil, the “Living Together” initiative is working to help mitigate the effects of children’s exposure to conflict by fostering a safer, more inclusive community.
Autism - Regional
An initiative aimed at families, communities, and organizations that coexist with children with autism, the program provides tools that help overcome frequent challenges and simplify everyday activities.
Children’s Rights - Mexico
Sésamo is part of a national campaign to educate Mexican families that children are entitled to safety, education, humane forms of discipline, and other fundamental rights. Milk cartons printed with the individual 20 rights and the furry friends of Sésamo were distributed in schools, reaching up to four million kids daily in Mexico.
Road Safety - Costa Rica
A Sésamo initiative, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Motoring Foundation (fia), which carries messages about road safety, automobiles, public transportation, bicycles and play.
Emergency Preparedness and Response - Regional
Sésamo responds to emergencies like earthquakes, ZIKA, and even volcano eruptions in the region. Working with partners like the World Health Organization (WHO), Google, UNICEF, TV stations, and Ministries of Health it brings emergency preparedness and messages of comfort and resilience when communities need it the most.
Sesame Workshop offers a competitive base salary and generous benefits package.
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EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
A. with at least 5-8 years philanthropic development, partnerships and program design experience
Excellent written communication: Must possess excellent writing skills and be able to write quickly and to accept constructive criticism responsively
Strong written and spoken Spanish fluency
Demonstrable relationship management skills
Strong online research skills
Able to meet deadlines and work well under pressure. Work well within complex structures and can adapt to unique organizational needs
Focused on obtaining results as a first priority
Must be a self-starter and work independently as well as in a team setting
Effectively works within high-pressure environment and acts professionally. Understands both short-term and long-term strategies, implications and opportunities that further Sesame Workshop’s mission
Ability to travel to Latin America as needed (Maximum 6 trips annually)
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Sales Force and PowerPoint
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in the lives of children worldwide by addressing their critical developmental needs.