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Pearson Vice President Human Resources (Pearson K12 Learning) in Boston, Massachusetts

Vice President Human Resources (Pearson K12 Learning)


Vice President Human Resources

Company Overview

Pearson K-12 Learning (PKL) is a global education company delivering award-winning learning solutions for early childhood through high school and more. Our interactive tools and content range from digital and print core curriculums, to supplemental content, intervention programs, and professional services.

Recognized as an industry leader, we serve millions of learners with innovative student-centered curriculums that embrace technology, state and district-level educational standards, personalized learning, and data to inform classroom practices and instruction.

We partner with educators who are equally passionate about learning to help turn today’s classrooms into active workshops and inspire everyone to go further. Our comprehensive solutions are immersive, collaborative, and flexible—delivered online, offline, anytime. Our goal is to deliver the best possible learning experiences so that every student has the chance to succeed.

Together, we’re creating a new era of education that supports our changing world. Learn with us.

Position Overview

The Vice President Human Resources provides human capital leadership to align PKL’s strategic priorities with the necessary people capabilities to deliver on the company’s missions and business objectives. As a trusted advisor and coach to the President and the executive leadership team, this individual is responsible for all facets of human resources and will often lead significant change initiatives that impact organization growth, strategy implementation, or cultural transformation.

Specifically, this role will be responsible for the success of all areas within human resources, including talent management and acquisition, total rewards, diversity, equity and inclusion, and organizational development. An important focus will be on driving process, accountabilities and operational efficiencies across the function. This role reports to president and is a member of the Leadership team.

Additional key areas of focus are to enhance PKL’s value proposition as an employer of choice, strengthen the skills and capabilities of our teams, and to leverage the full power of our assets to advance our mission.

This individual will manage a team of 5-7 human resources professionals, supporting 1700 employees at various locations nationwide. We have employees located nationwide, with key offices located in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Illinois.




  • Lead the function's strategic direction, and partner with program and operational leaders to understand program and business strategies, annual priorities, and company’s business practices.

  • Ensure alignment of HR strategy, priorities and business plan.

  • Develop and implement an aligned people / talent strategy that delivers on the business goals of the company.

  • Effectively communicate, stand behind and execute the HR strategy.


  • Lead and manage a team of people managers across all HR specializations including Development, (Talent and Organization Development, Talent Acquisition), Total Rewards (Compensation, Benefits, Mobility), Platforms (HR Operations / Applications), Strategy & Analytics, and HR Business Partner Consulting.

  • Hire talent, communicate performance expectations, provide feedback and coaching, and support employee development.

  • Further PKL’s diversity and inclusion agenda.


  • Serve as an advisor and coach to the president and the leadership team

  • Provide technical expertise and leadership for organizational and team effectiveness, leadership development, talent and culture while providing proactive, pragmatic solutions and alternatives.


  • Execute the HR strategy and business plan as a hands-on operational leader, including setting clear goals, prioritizing work, making decisions, and ensuring accountability across all HR specializations.

  • Collaborate and develop shared priorities and strategies in partnership with the business operations executives to create an integrated approach to operational efficiency in the context of PKL’s operating model.

  • Lead efforts as they relate to change management and organizational transformation activities.

  • Drive business results through the establishment of key metrics and success measures that ensure accountability, and improve quality and operational efficiency, with a focus on levers that enable continuous improvement.

  • Identify risks and midcourse corrections in strategy as the organization evolves.


  • Ensure business processes comply with regulatory and legal requirements to minimize risk to the organization.

Competencies and Key Attributes

  • 20 years of HR experience or mix of business and HR leadership credentials with prior experience leading HR for an organization.

  • Deep technical expertise in human resources including experience overseeing the full HR suite.

  • Practical exposure to planning and driving organizational transformation as it relates to operational efficiencies, people capabilities and culture change.

  • Reputation for driving HR best-practices in mid-sized organizations.

  • Proven experience providing business value to the enterprise and to leaders and their organizations as a client facing business partner.

  • Track record of leading from the front; and a hands-on approach to problem solving.

  • Ability to build trust and good faith with a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Ability to listen effectively, learn quickly, and adaptively lead.

  • Experience successfully creating and implementing a holistic enterprise talent strategy.

  • Strong business acumen combined with a focus on driving results.

  • Excellent organization skills, attention to detail, along with the ability to manage multiple and competing demands.

  • Perseverance in tackling difficult, complex problems, and gaining multiple perspectives before making decisions.

  • Strong people manager and passionate about building diverse, collaborative teams.

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Able to travel domestically, as appropriate.


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-MA-Boston

Other Locations US-NJ-Hoboken

Work Locations: US-MA-Boston-501 Boylston 501 Boylston St Boston 02116

Job: Human Resources

Organization: North America Learning Services

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 2, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1912751

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.