Chief Development Officer

Chief Development Officer

Sesame Workshop

New York, NY   |   October 20, 2020

About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, which reaches 156 million children across 160 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children 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. For more information, visit

The Opportunity

Sesame Workshop is seeking an experienced Chief Development Officer (CDO) to implement and lead the strategic expansion of a creative and entrepreneurial development program that emphasizes and advances the Workshop’s mission, impact, and growth. This is a unique opportunity to join Sesame at a critical moment in its history and to work with a committed, passionate, and talented leadership team to build on the organization’s success and help propel it to new levels of accomplishment.

The CDO will join a highly visible and prestigious organization that is universally recognized for excellence in early childhood education and a commitment to meeting the most critical needs of children and families around the world. Sesame’s impact is well-documented through rich internal and external research. Those performance metrics, along with the organization’s mission, are what inspire donors. The CDO will serve as lead strategist in growing sustainable revenue streams for integrated fundraising. Reporting to the President of Social Impact & Philanthropy, Sherrie Westin, and working closely with the President & CEO and Board of Trustees, the CDO will play a key role in fulfilling Sesame Workshop’s mission and strategic goals.

Expressing Interest

Koya Leadership Partners has been engaged by Sesame Workshop to advise in this pivotal leadership hire. Leading this search is Nicole Kamaleson, Managing Director of the Global Practice, and Liz Lombard, Managing Director, Executive Search. If you would like to recommend anyone or learn more, please send an email to [email protected]. To formally express your interest, please submit your completed application – both your compelling cover letter (addressing how this role fits in your life now, motivation, and your suitability per the above role specifications) as well as your CV/resume here.

Read and download the position profile HERE.