Director Content DE&I
Posted on Apr 5, 2021 by Pearson Online & Blended Learning K-12
A key role for the Director is accountability for establishing, cultivating, promoting, and managing internal DE&I global collaborations and external partnership opportunities. Internal efforts include driving the DE&I Content Standards Team's presence and standing as the establish hub for DE&I content pilot work, pan-Pearson initiatives, content services, and training for Pearson employees and our vendors. External efforts include tapping DE&I thought leaders, standard-setting organizations, key customers, and services partners to influence and improve our DE&I content quality and our educational base in these critical areas. Bringing these two efforts together to create a cohesive, open, and impactful mission for our DE&I goals is the overall desired result of the new role. Additionally, the day-to-day management of the DE&I Content Standards team, budgeting, planning, goals, and deliverables responsibilities are part of the position remit.
The role of the Content DE&I Director is a high-profile position that requires enthusiasm, agility, creativity, diplomacy, and critical thinking skills. Additionally, the role requires a level of expertise and experience for engaging with our authors, vendors, and colleagues about their work and practices that is educational and collaborative to drive and fulfil our commitment to a fully inclusive product portfolio. The Content DE&I Director reports to the V.P. of Content Standards.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned.
Manage DE&I Content Standards team to assign, deliver, and report on goals
Serve as point person on select Pearson Higher Ed Content Standards initiatives and represent content standards in cross-functional, internal and external partnerships
Identify and manage project dependencies and identify resource needs
Work with third party vendors, internal stakeholders, and management to clearly communicate the content development roles and responsibilities for each team member and manage the fulfillment of those roles throughout the process
Track and distribute critical communication and information in a timely fashion to core teams to reduce confusion, redundancies, delays, and additional expense
Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises and risk, and devise contingency plans in collaboration with the VP of Content Standards and key stakeholders
Provide information and guidance to cross-functional teams to ensure compliance with changing Pearson and Higher Ed requirements
Adapt a creative, engaging, forward-thinking approach to digital customer-centered problems and solutions
Develop a deep understanding of Pearson's corporate mission, initiatives, and standards and serve as a resource for the Higher Ed team to keep them current on changes in processes, requirements, and standards
Identify new third party partnerships and review existing partnerships to establish standards and guidelines for content deliverables
Evaluate and negotiate third party content providers agreements to ensure expertise, skill sets, ability to handle volume, quality and consistency of deliverables, samples, successes in the market, agility in handling content and/or schedule changes, and overall fit with Pearson standards and requirements
Work with the team to plan, manage, and deliver key digital project content on time, on budget, and within scope
Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Minimum of a bachelor's degree; advanced degree preferred
Minimum of five years proven experience in DE&I career, educational, and/or advocacy roles including establishing standards, research, training, and policy work
Actively engaged with thought leaders, academic communities, policy and standard-setting companies and organizations around the work and issues of DE&I
Proven management - teams, resources, and projects success
Ability to understand, adapt, initiate, and implement change required
Ability to manage, give direction, receive feedback, and work within a small, collaborative team
Evidence of strategic and analytical thinking and planning, team leadership, communication, negotiation, problem-solving, good judgment, and the ability to influence others is required
Excellent verbal, written, and listening communication skills as well as the ability to communicate difficult/sensitive information effectively
Ability to lead and collaborate actively with others on internal and external cross-functional teams and to build consensus and foster collaborative relationships across teams
Demonstrate the ability to multi-task, manage multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Excellent organizational skills are required
Exceptionally strong attention to detail is required
Ability to adapt to new software products for course and/or learning experience delivery and learning management systems
Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Smartsheet, and other content and project management tools