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Pearson Director Rights Administration & Agreements in Hoboken, New Jersey

Director Rights Administration & Agreements - ( 2104540 )


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Position Title: Director, Rights Administration & Content Agreements

Department: Pearson Rights & Permissions

Reports To: VP, Pearson Rights & Permissions

Direct Reports: 7

Job Summary

A member of the senior leadership team for Rights & Permissions globally, you will provide strategic leadership and operational oversight of departments focusing on 1) promulgating standards and best practices for the use of third-party intellectual property, 2) negotiating, promoting and managing agreements with content suppliers, 3) supporting the administration of publishing (author) contracts, 4) administering copyright registrations, and 5) providing assistance on copyright claims and inquiries.

Working proactively with Legal and with businesses and functions across Pearson, you will play a core collaborative role in devising and ensuing standard, efficient and optimally effective policies and agreements/licenses for the use of inbound and outbound assets. These will be forward-looking and drive licensing practices that enable current and emerging business models and publishing plans throughout the product lifecycle.

Prioritizing continuous improvement, you enjoy setting, reporting, and analyzing KPIs and data so you can progress responsive change.

You value people, managing and developing talent, both managers and staff, as a priority, while creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive working environment. You like working in a culture exemplifying the values of decency, bravery, imagination and accountability.

We will help you grow and achieve your goals by continuous professional development and ongoing career progression support.

Key Responsibilities Measures

Promulgating standards and best practices for the use of third-party intellectual property across Pearson

  • Working closely with Legal to standardize and optimize licenses for inbound and outbound assets.

  • Keeping abreast of and anticipating evolving business plans and strategies to ensure both rights considerations and business needs are addressed.

  • With the Global IP group in Legal drafting and disseminating directions on third-party content use.

  • Supporting and educating R&P and business teams promptly and proactively on copyright matters to ensure best practices.

  • Monitoring developments with copyright collectives, licensing services, and digital libraries.

Negotiating, promoting and managing global and local agreements with content suppliers

  • Developing strategies and priorities in consultation with businesses for agreements with content suppliers to support strategic objectives.

  • Negotiating deals that align terms with publishing plans, increase operational efficiency, and streamline costs. Proactively pursuing renewals and obtains amendments that continually optimize value for the business.

  • Tracking and managing agreements, reporting on usage, troubleshooting issues, and building relationships with suppliers.

  • Providing operational support to users to clarify and simplify use.

  • Publicizing and promoting individual agreements with businesses and helping drive the Preferred Sources program.

Supporting the administration of publishing (author) contracts

  • Administering reversion of rights and providing other services as required by Pearson businesses.

  • Providing support as required for disposals and acquisitions

  • Tracking reverted, retired/OOP and disposed titles as required.

Administering copyright registrations

  • Registering products and content as necessary with US Copyright Office.

  • Advising on intellectual property to be registered and ways to create efficiencies and reduce costs of registration.

  • Engaging Copyright Office on registration procedures.

  • Supporting the IP Protection team on priorities and copyright infringement matters.

Providing assistance on copyright claims and inquiries

  • Supplying support for informal claims and formal litigation matters, including the review, research, and analysis related to licensed content (e.g., license agreements, invoices, and use).

  • Investigating and addressing activity related to claims.

  • Overseeing the removal and/or replacement of content subject to claims, consistent with Legal/R&P leadership direction.

Demonstrating leadership and developing talent to build a high-performing team and collaborative ways of working in a diverse and inclusive environment

  • Preparing and monitoring personal development plans to facilitate achievement of goals, job satisfaction, and career growth.

  • Modeling behaviors consistent with Pearson values throughout change initiatives to support innovation.

  • Challenging stereotypes and limiting beliefs, supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Contributing to overall success of R&P and Pearson; building strategic relationships with other teams or organizations to help achieve business goals.

  • Setting and tracking R&P KPIs and SLAs, conducting data analytics for continuous improvement.

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.


Qualifications and Experience


4 – 7 years success in management/leadership role in Contracts Management, Licensing, Rights & Permissions or other Intellectual Property function.

Publishing or media experience

Formal Education :

Bachelor’s degree. Juris Doctor or other Law degree or MBA


Innovation and problem-solving

Communication and collaboration

Enthusiastic and interpersonal

Leadership and talent development

Deep knowledge of IP

Digital/media knowledge

Negotiation and drafting

Data analytics

Computer skills (Microsoft)

Primary Location : US-NJ-Hoboken

Work Locations :

US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River

221 River Street


Job : Legal

Organization : Global Product

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Director

Shift : Day Job

Travel : Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting : Mar 25, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2104540