Pearson User Experience Designer in Columbia, Maryland

User Experience Designer


Company Summary:

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 reexamining 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. In 2017, it delivered online learning to over 400,000 students in the U.S. and 48 countries. 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:

Pearson Online and Blended Learning is looking for a motivated user experience designer who can creatively solve problems using the latest design methodologies. We are looking for candidates who are excited to approach design problems in innovative ways; always considering the various aspects of the user experience. This individual is expected to contribute to the organization through user research, information architecture, interaction design, visual design, and light front-end development. Candidates should be well versed in usability, design thinking, user research, and have a basic understanding of modern web technologies.

Working remotely and out of our office in Columbia, MD, the Pearson Online and Blended User Experience team collaboratively designs web-based experiences for our products and services within an Agile environment.

Job Responsibilities:

The UX designer’s responsibilities will include

  • Working closely with business analysts, product owners, software engineers, and other designers to define and design the user experience for web applications based on technical constraints and business objectives;

  • Responsible for identifying navigation paradigms, page flows and data layouts, ensuring that all the designs have a consistent look & feel, and follow best practices;

  • Creating and following design guidelines, defining the user interface for new and existing products, developing workflows, mockups, and/or prototypes to effectively communicate design ideas;

  • Gauging the usability of new and existing products;

  • Represent the needs of the user throughout design and development; balances business needs, user experience, and technical feasibility;

  • Responsible for carrying projects from mockup to launch;

  • Follows product design standards which includes utilizing existing design patterns;

  • Contributes to the evolution of product design patterns;

  • Contributes design expertise to brainstorming sessions among fellow designers, engineers, product owners and other team members;

  • Advise the business about user interface design and usability best practices, trends, and other UX design standards while making recommendations that best support the achievement of business objectives;

  • Accomplishes the mission of the department and organization by completing related tasks as needed and assigned; and

other duties as assigned.



The UX designer will be working with a team of other designers, product owners, software engineers, marketing professionals, and other business stakeholders and must have

2 years’ experience serving as a UX designer (or equivalent design position);

Bachelor's’ Degree in human factors, web design, information architecture, human-computer interaction, graphic design, or related is preferred but we will consider candidates with equivalent work experience and strong portfolio of work;

Experience in prototyping, mockup and information/page flow tools such as Sketch, Axure, Adobe Edge, Adobe Photoshop, Balsamiq, or similar tools;

Experience programming in HTML 5 and CSS (SCSS, LESS, etc.);

An understanding of web technology and current trends;

The ability to communicate with product owners, developers, testers, clients and end-users in a manner that helps continuously enhance the overall usability of the application;

The ability to reconcile key stakeholder interests, conflicting priorities, and business strategy;

Graphic design skills/knowledge; and

Experience with usability analysis & discovery such as: metric analysis, end-user interviews, usability tests, and competitive analysis;

Other required professional and soft skills include

Good time management skills;

An extremely detail-oriented work ethic;

Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and

The ability to demonstrate work experience by providing work samples.

An ideal candidate will also have

5 years’ experience serving as a UX designer (or equivalent design position);

Experience working with JavaScript and related frameworks such as Angular, React, JQuery, etc.

An understanding of accessibility standards such as WCAG 2.0;

Experience working with Agile software development;

Experience working in a Lean UX design environment;

Experience in the education field.

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

Other Locations US-RE-Remote

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: Oct 5, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1813670

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.