Pearson Community Relationship Manager in California

Community Relationship Manager

Description

Comejoin GED Testing Service® (www.GEDtestingservice.com and www.GEDtest.org ), a joint venture betweenPearson VUE and the American Council on Education (ACE). The GED test hasopened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 milliongraduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test,which is accepted by virtually allcolleges and employers. As thecreator of the one official GED test, GED Testing Service has a responsibilityto ensure that the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to abetter life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.

TheGED® test is used by all 50 states, theDistrict of Columbia,insular areas, and Canadian provinces and territories, to award high schoolequivalency credentials. Since 1942 more than 18 million adults have earnedtheir GED® test credential. GED® alums contribute to every sector of theworkforce: they are teachers, nurses, mechanics, lawyers and included a collegepresident, U.S. Surgeon General, two governors, founders of large corporations,member of Congress and a 2012 presidential candidate. Nearly 800,000 GED® testsare taken each year. In 2010, more than 470,000 individuals were awarded theirhigh school credential through the GED® testing program.

GED TestingService® is part of Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing. Certiport is part ofPearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing. Together GED Testing Service®and Pearson VUE are businesses of Pearson, the world's leading learning companywith global-reach and market-leading businesses including the Penguin Group andthe Financial Times (FT). Pearson is listed on both theLondonandNew Yorkstock exchanges (:PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visitwww.pearson.com.

As the Community Relationship Manager (CRM) you will be focused on driving more adult learners to take the GED test and participate in GED preparation programs in California (with focus in the Los Angeles and San Diego, and San Francisco’s East Bay areas).

The CRM will build and strengthen relationships with programs directors, teachers and staff in adult education/GED prep programs who are key influencers in a student’s decision on whether a student participates in the GED program, or takes an alternative high school equivalency test.

The CRM will also be responsible for building and strengthening relationships in California in order to raise visibility, enhance the reputation of the GED program, and ensure we are seen as an important partner in building the workforce and enhancing the lives of adult learners. These relationships will be important to increasing participation in the GED program by learners, and the investment in the program by community leaders, local elected officials and policymakers.

If you are looking to create connections across networks and organizations, drive more testing volume in California, and ultimately impact the lives of adult learners this could be a great opportunity for you.

Responsibilities

Some of the work in this role includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Execute, adjust and evaluate engagement plans with key audiences to drive testing volume and the number of Californians earning a GED credential.

  • Build and strengthen relationships with GED prep program directors/staff/teachers, including monthly touchpoints, calls, and several in-person visits each year. Communicate the value, benefits, feature of the GED program, as well as the outcomes of GED graduates.

  • Work to set-up testing centers and GED preparation in the LA Unified School District – one of the largest concentrations of adult learners in the country with no easy access to the GED program or GED testing.

  • Identify ways to integrate the GED program into local initiatives, programs and agendas of local elected officials, policymakers and community organizations. Develop metro-area specific initiatives and partnerships to increase GED program visibility and increase the number of learners in the GED program.

  • Meet with and educate local elected officials and policymakers, and understand their motivations and programs/initiatives they are championing.

  • Help develop and distribute content (news stories, student success stories, etc.,) in each metro market, in partnership with the communications manager. This will involve pushing monthly content to stakeholders via email, utilizing social media, etc.

  • Keep the pulse of GED program visibility and sentiment regularly and provide information and feedback to GEDTS leaders on the state of the brand, sentiment and any suggestions for program refinement.

  • Assist in promoting professional development resources to educators, and in time (with training) help deliver high-level professional development around teaching and content strategies related to preparing students for the GED test at meetings and conferences.

  • Work with the Sr. Director and the California SRM to collaborate with, and keep informed, Pearson Corporate Affairs and account management staff who have work in California as well.

This is an exciting time to be working on GED-related activities in California as the connection between education and workforce programs has never been more critical to the State’s economic competitiveness. And, GED graduates are showing significantly more success in entering the workforce and enrolling in and earning credentials in post-secondary career and college training programs.

The CRM will also be a member of the national SRM team, work closely with the statewide California SRM and report directly to the Sr. Director of State Accounts and Government Relations. Being a great communicator and collaborator is an essential skill in this position.

Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Must have a four-year/Bachelor's degree

  • Minimum 6 years of experience in growing and maintaining relationships in the education or workforce development, or similar, sector. Must be able to form relationships with a variety of stakeholders.

  • Demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills – can communicate effectively one on one or when presenting to small and large groups

  • Experience with the sales process and soft-selling skills.

  • Have a solid work ethic. Must have drive and passion for his/her work, have persistence and can work independently and as part of a team.

  • Highly organized with the ability to multitask and handle details while tracking with the larger strategic goals and objectives. Can manage multiple projects and deadlines effectively.

  • Must be proficient in working with Word/Google Docs, Excel/Google Sheets, PowerPoint.

  • Spanish-language skills are highly desirable

Travel: Roughly 10% out-of-state, and approximately 50% local/travel within California.

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.

Primary Location: US-California

Job: Sales

Organization: Assessments VUE

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Apr 19, 2017