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Pearson Chief Diversity Officer in Hoboken, New Jersey

Chief Diversity Officer


Do you want to make a difference? Pearson is in the business of changing lives. We help millions of learners to develop the skills they need to succeed and flourish. Our 22,000 colleagues across 70 countries are dedicated to our mission and help make Pearson an exciting and inclusive place to work.

Pearson has a simple yet powerful vision of inclusion – through harnessing the power of a diverse workforce in which people feel included and belong, We can better serve our learners, employees and society. As the world’s learning company, we know education is the single most powerful force for equity and change in our world.

Pearson has publicly renewed its commitment to support anti-racism and invest in our approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

  • For learners, we will incorporate anti-racist principles into all product development and ensure they are bias-free by the end of 2021.

  • For employees, representation at management level and above will reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the geographies where we operate by the end of 2025.

  • For society, we will actively advance anti-racist causes globally through 50 new or enhanced partnerships.

Our Chief Diversity Officer is a key new appointment to Pearson and will build and nurture the culture to deliver on these commitments and the wider inclusion agenda across Pearson.

Working closely with our senior leaders across the world, this role is central to delivering on the commitments we have made.

You are not alone - there are many passionate people in the company who are already active in championing positive change and we have a vibrant community of employee resource groups. Your role is to inspire and accelerate change, empower colleagues and coordinate activities to meet our vision and goals.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Be a thought leader and industry expert on how diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) can impact business success.

  • Ensure our vision and strategy on DEI remains relevant, impactful and fresh while working across the company on a coordinated approach.

  • Acted a trusted advisor to the Pearson Executive Management (PEM) team enabling them to identify and implement opportunities for meaningful change.

  • Cultivate external marketplace relationships and partnerships with diverse communities and organizations. As a Pearson business leader, you will understand how a diversity lens can enhance client, supplier and author relationships.

  • Collaborate with Product leadership teams to ensure we avoid bias, promote equal representation and invest in content with clear anti-racist and wider inclusion learning outcomes.

  • Collaborate with HR leadership and teams on improvements to policy and process in hiring, talent management, career development, learning and progression that lead to improved representation, across the company but especially at senior levels.

  • Partner with key internal stakeholders to integrate DE&I into areas such as brand strategy, our employee value proposition, supplier due diligence and our content.

  • Lead on marketplace recognition for Pearson through thought leadership, partnerships, events and external awards.

  • Build an expanded DE&I team based around strong organizational skills, clear priorities, project deliverables and problem solving.

  • Drive the delivery of the actions identified by Pearson to meet our D&I goals for People, Product and Society including appropriate KPIs and metrics to measure and track progress.

  • Introduce new tools and thinking to help our employee resource groups to continue their transition to be business resource groups and to energize our network of Global D&I Advocates.

  • Ensure regulatory and statutory compliance through a knowledge of relevant employment legislations around the world.


  • Passionate about DE&I and is a well-known and respected subject matter expert.

  • Ability to make a difference to the all overall business not just in your DE&I area of expertise.

  • Can build great relationships and has exemplary change management and influencing skills.

  • Proven track record of successfully building enterprise wide function/s and capabilities within a complex global organization.

  • Experience in executing disruptive, global business models for employee engagement and inclusive leadership.

  • Demonstrate executive leadership qualities, including excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, inclusive leadership style, strategic and innovative thinking, persuasion and influencing, professional presence and the ability to build enthusiasm and commitment.

  • Expert knowledge of diversity and inclusion laws, rules and regulations and general knowledge of HR policies and procedures.

  • Has the ability to interpret and utilize data to drive decision making.

Deliverables and Compliance:

  • Provide consultative advisory services to senior leadership and is the final escalation point for expert advice on all issues related to D&I.

  • Ensures regulatory and statutory compliance; e.g. tracking of all regulatory changes relating to diversity laws and regulations etc.

Performance and continuous improvement:

  • Oversight of analysis of DE&I reporting - highlights areas of concern/action as needed.

  • Monitor solutions, policies, vendors and employee feedback to drive continuous improvement and ensure Pearson is a recognized as a diversity leader in the industry and the community.

  • Measure impact and ensure KPIs for D&I strategy delivery are relevant

  • As a subject matter expert in the areas of D&I – is well versed with changing regulations, best practices and leverages your network for benchmarking purposes.

People management:

  • Provide line management responsibility to D&I team including setting performance targets, monitoring performance and providing development opportunities.

Ways of working/behaviors:

  • Manage relationships with external & internal diversity stakeholders including Non-Government organizations, local community groups, professional HR organizations, media etc. to enhance and market Pearson’s diversity and inclusion branding. Maintains close liaison with Corporate Affairs for full D&I integration.

  • Act as an ambassador for Pearson, actively seeking to implement globally consistent frameworks and toolkits.

  • Foster strong collaboration and build trustful relationships with all HR teams, enabling functions and business leaders to deliver joined up solutions.


Education & Experience:

  • Experience as a Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion (top role)

  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or relevant experience

  • Strong management skills – proven ability to lead a D&I team through an overall company transformation


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-NJ-Hoboken

Work Locations: US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030

Job: Human Resources

Organization: Human Resources

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Aug 25, 2020

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2008134

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.