Pearson Board Relations Specialist in Columbia, Maryland

Board Relations Specialist

Description

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 re-examining 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’s Online & Blended Learning K-12 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 will deliver online learning to over 400,000 students in the U.S. and 48 countries. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, 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 Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:

Pearson Online & Blended Learning partners with independent Charter School Boards across the country who govern Virtual Charter Schools. The Charter schools are governed by an independent Board of Directors and Pearson Online & Blended Learning provides various services to support the Board of Directors. The Board Relations Specialist will manage this important part of Pearson Online & Blended Learnings operations.The Board Relations Specialist will develop and maintain Board members, school leaders, sponsors and Board Counsels relationships in each state assigned to the position. The Board Relations Specialist will report to the Director of Board Relations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage the support of partnering school Boards. This includes drafting meeting agendas and minutes, preparing and disseminating Board packages, complying with all necessary legal posting requirements, corresponding with Board members, attending Board meetings (usually by phone), tracking deliverables and documents for meetings and maintaining minute books and other Board records and documentation;

  • Develop and implement state-specific on-site Board training for governing partnering Boards;

  • Assist with the schools’ annual audits;

  • Manage the resolution of governance-related matters and act as a liaison with the school, Pearson Online & Blended Learning management and Board of Directors, including routine site visits and state training attendance;

  • Establish and maintain relationships with Board members of partnering Boards;

  • Coordinate state and national training opportunities for Board members, acting as primary liaison for all vendors, event planners and Board members at trainings;

  • Provide strategic direction to internal stakeholders based on Board member feedback;

  • Maintain a Board Relations Department public drive file maintenance system;

  • Develop a working knowledge of colleague assigned Boards and fill in/cover when needed

  • In collaboration with compliance, draft Board policies and correspondence as required by law; and

  • Other duties as assigned.

Pearson Online & Blended Learning 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 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.

Key Capabilities:

  • Customer Centric– Acts with a strong customer mindset (both internal and external) and is a visible advocate for the customer. Builds strong relationships with customers and uses those to improve their experience and outcomes.

  • Delivering Financial Results– A strong track record of delivering against budgets and commitments.

  • Communications- A great communicator who engages teams and stakeholders with thoughtful delivery and messages that resonate.

  • Building a strong team- Creates strong morale and inclusive spirit within team, Proactively addresses team performance and communication challenges and blends new people into teams when needed. Has a track record of hiring and quickly and effectively onboarding great talent. Demonstrated success developing and promoting talent.

  • Works well in a matrix- Models collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support.

  • Takes personal responsibility– Can be relied on to complete tasks timely and well, demonstrates “ownership” regardless of the outcome, proactive in exploring and exploiting new opportunities.

Qualifications

Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree; education in Law, Paralegal Studies, Public Relations and/or Business preferred

  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience

  • Experience working with Board of Directors and in drafting minutes, preparing agendas, maintaining minutes books and attending meetings preferred

  • Excellent organizational skills and flexibility required

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written

  • Team player track record

  • Extremely detail-oriented, efficient and able to multi-task

  • Ability to travel occasionally

  • Strong proficiency in technology including, Microsoft Office applications especially in Word & Excel, Google (calendar/Gmail/docs/sheets), and Adobe preferred

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-MD-Columbia

Work Locations: US-MD-Columbia-Grantchester Merriweather 10960 Grantchester Way Two Merriweather Columbia 21044

Job: Strategy

Organization: North America

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 9, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1814938

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.