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Pearson B3-Associate Learning and Development Analyst in Columbia, Maryland

B3-Associate Learning and Development Analyst


With more than 24,000 employees across the globe, Pearson is the world’s learning company, providing a range of products and services that help people make progress in their lives through learning.

Since 2001, our Online & Blended Learning division has reimagined K-12 education with full-time virtual schools for students who want a personalized, more flexible approach to learning. Our flagship products and services include Connections Academy, US-based online public charter schools; International Connections Academy, a global online private school; and Pearson Connexus, our comprehensive online school program for school districts nationwide.

Our company culture is built around our motto “Always Learning” and a set of core values that we live by: brave, imaginative, decent, accountable, curious, customer-centric, and collaborative.

Position Summary

Pearson Online & Blended Learning (POBL) offers a combination of web-based, asynchronous and synchronous online training, development sessions for our school customers located across the country. Working from our office in Columbia, MD, and remotely at a home office, the People Development Specialist will be responsible for working with key stakeholders to identify gaps in performance and behavior to design learning solutions to meet the priorities and needs of our school customers. This individual will develop both asynchronous learning bites and/or toolkits and content for synchronous programs, which includes developing, designing and implementing effective general professional soft skill development.

The People Development Specialist will focus primarily on serving staff level roles across the school customer population. This role will manage the following programs and services:

  • THRIVE: mentor program for new teachers and staff level, non-instructional roles;

  • The Learning Curve: synchronous and asynchronous soft skill development program;

  • myLearning: centralized site for school staff with resources focused on general learning and development

This is an individual contributor role and will report to the Director of School Organizational Effectiveness.


  • Apply knowledge in general soft skills to manage quality programs and resources to support general professional development for school customers;

  • Develop and deliver (live) virtual training sessions that are highly engaging, interactive and effectively utilizes adult learning theories/practices with the aid of our technology (including: whiteboards, polls, breakout rooms, video and screen share);

  • Responsible for planning, researching, and writing for asynchronous content focused on soft/hard skill development resources including toolkits, guides, short video, interactive tutorials and worksheets;

  • Develop asynchronous content and infographics in coordination with the Multimedia Standards and Design team as needed to support the training needs of the customer;

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the various learning and development programs, content and materials and provide recommendations for enhancements;

  • Conduct training needs assessment to identify gaps between necessary skills and development opportunities and recommend solutions;

  • Work collaboratively with other key stakeholders to ensure consistency in product and service offerings related to learning and development;

  • Other duties as assigned.

Pearson Online & Blended Learning is focused on providing a flexible work environment for its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions. We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.



  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Learning and Development, Human Resources, Organizational Development or related field

  • Expertise in adult learning principles, soft skills, and leadership development

  • Degree in Communications, HR, Psychology, or related field preferred

  • Preferably with experience in Online/Digital Training.

  • Technology proficient

  • Technology applications used in this role include: Google applications, Microsoft applications including Microsoft Sharepoint, Zoom webinar platform


  • Customer Centric –Acts with a strong customer mindset (both internal and external) and is a visible advocate for the customer. Builds strong relationships with customers and uses those to improve their experience and outcomes.

  • Communications -A great communicator who engages teams and stakeholders with thoughtful delivery and messages that resonate.

  • Works well in a matrix -Models collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support.

  • Takes personal responsibility –Can be relied on to complete tasks timely and well, demonstrates “ownership” regardless of the outcome, proactive in exploring and exploiting new opportunities.


  • Has a strategic focus when developing and delivering content to an audience in order to influence behavior or achieve a desired result

  • Use of appropriate tone for audience

  • Is able to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles

  • Able to effectively manage large scale projects and own time in order to meet deadlines

  • Be customer focused; use customer feedback to drive own work

  • Thinks outside the box to come up with solutions that may not be obvious

  • Takes time to plan ahead but can take decisive action if applicable

  • Seeks out opportunities to increase functional knowledge and technical knowledge and shares with others

  • Focus on improvements and efficiencies

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-MD-Columbia

Work Locations: US-MD-Columbia-Grantchester Merriweather 10960 Grantchester Way Two Merriweather Columbia 21044

Job: Human Resources

Organization: North America Connections

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Aug 13, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1910473

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.