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Pearson Program Manager in Maryland

Program Manager - ( 2108190 )


We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment,powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

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 Virtual Schools 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 and Online & Blended Learning, 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 Virtual Schools is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary :

The Program Manager is responsible for managing the end to end delivery lifecycle of business projects to deliver business solutions covering requirements gathering, business change management and transition, technical solution design and development, test and acceptance, and implementation and optimization. The Program Manager will be

Job Responsibilities Include but Are Not Limited To :

  • Manage end to end delivery lifecycle of business projects to deliver business solutions covering early business engagement to scope ideas and define the solution and project delivery organization, requirements gathering, business change management & transition, technical solution design and development, test and acceptance, implementation & optimization, and benefit realization (benchmarking/tracking) to project objectives

  • Facilitates estimation of project timeline and effort with workstream leads (subject matter experts)

  • Actively challenges and refines estimates based on experience and domain knowledge; additionally, seeks peers reviews with external (non-project related) resources to validate estimates & delivery approach

  • Responsible for making decisions and final recommendations; gaining final ratification from project sponsor and steering group

  • Effectively leads the project to deliver the solution and business benefits. Has and acts with full accountability for successful project delivery, and with full ownership of resources (e.g. performance) within the scope of the project

  • Defines and owns initiative(s) to develop the project management practice

  • Serves as project manager of new solutions with business transformation impacting 3 business functions

  • Implements new solutions (green field) to transform business areas, engaging with new vendors

  • Tracks budget and spend

  • Identifies commercial impacts and constraints of project delivery (balancing business need vs technical solution) and seeks authorization and agreement on impacts

  • Responsible for proposing solutions to major issues on the project and seek acceptance from project sponsor and steering group

  • Manages the project to the agreed approach and solution and acts with full accountability for successful project delivery and with full ownership of resources (e.g. performance) within the scope of the project

  • Proposes changes to the project approach within agreed tolerances impacting timelines and budgets

  • Leads, supports, and motivates project delivery team and embraces diversity

  • Contributes to defined initiatives to develop the project management practice; owns part of the delivery plan to implement changes / improvements to the project management practice

  • Participates in group workshops to generate ideas and plan the implementation of team initiatives

Pearson Virtual Schools 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.

The following equipment will be provided to you by the company as a full-time employee:

  • Laptop

  • Headset

The following equipment will need to be provided by you, as the employee, when working from home:

  • 2 nd monitor (required)

  • Mouse (required)

  • Keyboard (required)

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.


Basic Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S./B.A.) or equivalent, required

  • 5 years of prior project management experience with teams of up to 10 resources

  • Strong business change experience

  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels with both technical and non-technical stakeholders

  • Ability to make timely decisions independent of senior management involvement or ratification

  • Strong facilitation skills

  • Experience managing large scale project budgets (up to $10M)

  • Background in Information Technology strongly preferred

  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and see to completion

  • Ability to positively influence peers and project team, sponsor, and steering group

  • Confidently respond to and manage conflict

  • Proactively escalates ongoing issues that negatively impact project progress

  • Effectively translate project delivery speak to business terminology to promote business buy-in and understanding

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, collaborative environment

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Previous consulting experience

  • PMP certification or equivalent preferred

  • Proficient in tools required to manage complex projects

Capabilities :

  • Customer centric

  • Strong communication skills

  • Works well in a matrix

  • Takes personal responsibility

  • Embraces change

Behaviors :

  • Open and positive attitude promoting confidence and credibility to peers, project, and business stakeholders

  • Positive engagement with stakeholders at all levels

  • Highly adaptable

  • Effectively manage performance issues

  • Flexible

  • Ability to effectively deal with change

  • Highly accurate and detail-oriented

Primary Location : US-Maryland

Other Locations : US-Illinois, US-Florida, US-Virginia, US-New York, US-South Carolina, US-Arizona, US-New Jersey, US-North Carolina, US-Massachusetts, US-California, US-DC-Washington

Job : Project/Programme Management

Organization : North America Connections

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Manager

Shift : Day Job

Job Posting : Jun 16, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2108190