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Pearson Editor in Chief, Brand Journalism in Hoboken, New Jersey

Editor in Chief, Brand Journalism


Global Corporate Affairs & Marketing (GCAM) communicates Pearson's unique position as the world's learning company, while building strong and enduring relationships with our key stakeholders around the globe. We focus on helping to strengthen our reputation with policy makers, influencers, the general public, and our employees. We ensure that our brand, communication, digital, and marketing efforts are being driven with a unique message and value for our audiences. Collectively, our work is anchored in building a strong global Pearson brand with social purpose at its heart.

The future demands that we help more students gain complex skills and knowledge that will help them achieve their goals in life. To deliver on this promise, Pearson invests heavily in developing products, services and capabilities that help learners prepare for life and work and support educators to have a greater impact on outcomes.

We are looking for a dynamic communications professional to take on the role of Editor in Chief for Pearson’s brand journalism platform, which is currently in development. This role will build, lead and manage Pearson’s nascent brand journalism program. The editor will be a key player in significantly raising the Pearson’s storytelling ability and elevating the company’s digital presence as the leader in lifelong learning in today’s talent economy. The ideal candidate will have a journalism background along with experience working in cross-functional teams to create and deploy compelling editorial content.

The editor must have top-notch news judgment, with the ability to work inside Pearson to discover interesting stories and the ability to work outside the company to find great storytelling partners and voices. He or she should be able to guide and mentor others in the company as they contribute to the program. The ideal candidate lives and breathes news and stays plugged into social and cultural trends in order to leverage Pearson as a contributor to the big conversations happening in the world. He or she will also be a culture ambassador inside the team and the company. This role works closely with the social media and brand teams, reports to the VP, Innovation Communications and will be based out of our Hoboken, NJ location.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to communicating Pearson’s innovation story through concepting and development of key Pearson and learner-centric stories for our new brand storytelling platform and channels

  • Develop and drive the strategy for Pearson’s brand journalism efforts

  • Serve as the editor-in-chief for Pearson’s brand journalism platform, setting editorial guidelines, creating the editorial calendar for the site and overseeing the development of all content

  • Serve as the chief writer for the site and work closely with both in house and agency staff on the creation of additional content

  • Develop and manage a third party contributor program that curates external storytelling voices

  • Find innovative ways to tailor existing content in order to make it as relevant and as engaging as possible for use on brand storytelling platforms

  • Work closely with the Pearson global social media team to stand up and manage any social channels associated with the brand journalism effort

  • Establish and manage reporting on key performance indicators for the program

  • Help drive internal thinking about how Pearson shows up in the world and articulate POVs with clear executable tactics that will help test and prove new ways Pearson can communicate with key audiences.

  • Collaborate with all GCAM functions including, financial communications, strategy and operations, government affairs and key functions outside of GCAM including Strategy, North America and Product

  • Work closely with a team of agencies and consultants responsible for content development and social media support

Core Aspects:

  • Strategic Decision Making : obtaining information and identifying key issues and relationships to achieve long-range business goals; accomplishing goals based on insights and resources

  • Aligning Performance for Success: supporting the business in achieving sales targets; empowering and equipping colleagues to drive progress towards common goals

  • Accountability and Ownership : taking ownership for content and social media work and driving achievement

  • Innovation : generating innovative solutions; trying different ways to solve problems and create opportunities for business growth

  • Collaboration and Partnering :identifying opportunities and taking action to build relationships between your area and other teams, departments and external organizations to help achieve business goals

  • Results, People and Values : delivering results, working effectively with and through others and promoting the values of Brave, Imaginative, Decent and Accountable. Puts the learner at the center of our purpose of helping people to make progress in their lives through learning



  • 7 years of experience as journalist at a print, online or broadcast news outlet or experience running a brand journalism program for a major consumer brand, or marquee non profit or education brand

  • Proven track record of creating engaging digital content in support of purpose led brand

  • Excellent writing skills and an understand of great visual storytelling

  • Experience developing sophisticated, hyper engaging content

  • Understanding of social media platforms and paid media tactics and how those work in concert with storytelling and brand journalism

  • including creating, tracking and communicating key performance indicators across digital channels

  • Ability to be a culture carrier within an organization and inspire others with positive attitude and enthusiasm

  • A high level of professionalism, maturity and accountability


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

Other Locations US-DC-Washington

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

Job: Communication

Organization: Global Corporate Affairs & Marketing

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 25, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1913478

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.