Pearson Director, STEM Curriculum Product Management in Columbia, Maryland

Director, STEM Curriculum Product Management


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.

Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:

The Director of STEM Curriculum Product Management reports to the Senior Director of Curriculum & Courses Product Management and will assist with team operations, subject-matter expertise, and capability-building. Our Product Managers assess the market and customer need, create a product strategy for a course portfolio, define the roadmap for the products, monitor their development and delivery, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. The team works closely with Curriculum Developers and Content Production to ensure the customer and market need for Pearson’s products are carried through into course development.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support the Senior Director of Curriculum & Courses Product Management with team operations and building out key capabilities within the team, including and especially subject-matter expertise in the STEM areas

  • Manage a portfolio of courses, which includes tasks such as:

  • Develop and continually refine product vision and roadmaps for the course portfolio based on our strategy and investment priorities

  • Leverage Pearson’s market research, competitive intelligence, and user experience research capabilities to reflect the voice of the customer in all product roadmaps

  • Ensure all stakeholder voices are heard and clear priorities are set for development teams

  • Clearly communicate product business cases to the team and stakeholders, articulating both the product’s value proposition as well as defining and measuring metrics for its success

  • Support preparation for releases by coordinating the activities of multiple teams and ensuring customers and other stakeholders are informed in a timely manner

  • Support all quality management efforts by assuring that the courses and curriculum are routinely reviewed and customer satisfaction is high

  • Work with our research teams to define, measure, and improve the efficacy of our courses

  • Advocate for effective resource allocation decisions that support the program vision

  • Develop strong working relationships with Product Development leadership to ensure tough decisions, issue escalation, and change/enhancement requests are managed well

General Responsibilities:

  • Relationship Management

  • Keep abreast of industry trends, technologies, and competitive analyses to identify new opportunities and initiatives which ultimately serve the long-term product strategy

  • Build deep subject-matter expertise and empathy for the customers and learners that use our curriculum, services, and software products

  • Develop rapport and trust with business owners and key stakeholders

  • Business Management

  • Lead and support continual process improvement by proposing optimizations for any aspect of the development environment and lifecycle

  • Work with Finance partners to monitor adherence to budget including capital and non-capital expenses.

Pearson is focused on providing a flexible work environment to 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, anytime. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

  • Multiple years of experience working in a product management or portfolio analysis role with demonstrated successes and a strong track record

  • Ability to work from home or during off hours as necessary.

  • Experience in the education field

Capabilities & Behaviors:

  • Customer centric: Acts with a customer mindset (external or internal), builds strong relationships with customers, and uses it to improve outcomes

  • Comfortable in ambiguous situations: Resilient and able to handle complex situations effectively, understands organizational flux, anticipates issues

  • Strong communicator: Engages teams with thoughtful delivery, engagement and messages that resonate

  • Works well in a matrix: Encourages collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support

  • Delivers financial results: Strong track record of delivering against budgets and commitments.

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: Product Management

Organization: North America Connections

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Mar 13, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1903394

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.