Pearson Director, Sustainability (Social) in New York, New York

Director, Sustainability (Social)


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

We are transforming sustainabilityat Pearson to respond effectively to the world’s biggest challenges andincrease our positive impact on society. The Sustainability & SocialInnovation team's role is to work collaboratively with teams across Pearson toensure our business practices and processes contribute to addressing thesocial, economic and environmental needs of society in a way that also createsbusiness value.

Summary of Role

The Sustainability Director willprovide long-term vision and thoughtleadershipthatchallengesconventional practices and positions Pearson as a global leader inSustainability.He/shewill be responsible for significantly raising the profile of Pearson’s 2020Sustainability Plan both internally and externally. The Director will alsodevelop and help execute the strategy for delivering on the SustainabilityPlan, driving progress on key social issues and sustainability reporting.He/she will work across the entire company to ensure a consistent and coherent approachto sustainability.



  • Lead the evolutionand strategic implementation of Pearson’s new 2020 Sustainability Plan, todrive innovation and impact

  • Work inconsultation with internal stakeholders (at HR, business unit, and regionallevels) to: define appropriate multi-year goals across focus areas identifiedin our 2020 Sustainability Plan; develop plans for reaching goals/targets; andtrack and report on progress.

  • Buildrelationships and strategic alliances with key sustainability institutions,organizations and constituency groups whose work is aligned with ourpriorities, working closely with our Government Relations teams.


  • Act as apublic ambassador for Pearson’s sustainability agenda, representing the companyon key social sustainability issues (eg, girls/women, human rights, economicempowerment), and engaging targeted stakeholders in bilateral meetings and inpublic forums.

  • Drivesustainability communications, working with corporate affairs and marketing tobring our 2020 Sustainability Plan to life for key stakeholders includingemployees, customers, and business partners.

  • Overseeexecution and production of the annual Sustainability Report to drive astep-change in the effectiveness and impact of the Report, and demonstratePearson’s contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Researchand communicate the potential impact of emerging social sustainability trendson corporate practices (eg in the workplace, marketplace, supply chain),including by: assessing the reputational and strategic impacts of businessinitiatives, benchmarking activities against other companies, leadingissue-specific outreach, and identifying best practices.

  • Support thedevelopment of internal initiatives (both globally and regionally) thatmitigate sustainability-related risks and enhance the value of Pearson’s brandand reputation.

  • Overseeefforts to collect, organize and disseminate social and environmental data on aquarterly and/or annual basis.


  • Direct linemanagement of the Sustainability Manager.

  • Workcollaboratively with the Sustainability Director (Environment) and the Social Innovation Director (leading on socialinnovation partnerships and models)

  • Maintainoversight of sustainability budgets and expenditure

  • Ensure aneffective working environment, employee commitment and consistently highperformance


The successful candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred)

  • 7 years of progressive experience managing a CSR program or related program/function inside a large company, including reporting on sustainability efforts

  • Inspirational leadership and strategic thinking skills, with a proven ability to bring new ideas and perspectives to existing practices in order to drive change

  • Specialist / technical expertise in one or more social sustainability issues

  • Strong understanding of the global sustainability landscape, including: strong networks and relationships, knowledge of key issues and best practices; and experience working with relevant tools and standards (such as the Global Reporting Initiative)

  • Excellent written communication and verbal skills – including public speaking, meeting facilitation, and presentations – and the ability to communicate complex issues to a range of audiences and constituencies.

  • Track record of working with and influencing colleagues across cultures, in different departments (eg HR, Marketing, Operations, Finance), and at all levels of management

  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously from conception to implementation

  • Ability to travel as required


Primary Location: US-NY-New York

Job: Communication

Organization: Corporate Affairs

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 10, 2016