HR Business Partner at Pearson (Nashville, TN)

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We are the world's learning company with more than 21,000 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.

We value diversity, equity and inclusion. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We seek to infuse diversity and inclusion in everything we do while promoting a culture where differences are embraced as strengths; opportunities are equal and accessible; consideration and respect are the norm; and all team members are supported in reaching their full potential.

Through our talent, we believe that diversity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

To learn more about Pearson's commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce please click here The Power of Difference at _

Pearson Virtual Schools provide 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 and Pearson Online Academy. 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 Virtual Schools is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:

The Human Resources Partner (HRP) will support a portfolio of three to five virtual schools and will serve as the central point of contact for school leaders, school leadership and school staff. The HRP is responsible for providing targeted, customized support to schools in the areas of workforce planning, employee relations, leadership coaching and HR strategy development and implementation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Employee Relations
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Workforce Planning

General Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Build high functioning relationships with leaders in assigned schools/departments to support and anticipate needs.
  • Partner with HR teams in Talent and Systems and Reward to provide feedback from customers, generate new ideas, assist with program development and implementation, and promote HR initiatives to the organization.
  • Work with HR Partner Manager to develop strategic and operational plans to achieve results and ensure alignment with company goals and objectives through training and development initiatives.
  • Analyze data to determine trends, areas for improvement and educational opportunities and recommend and/or implement appropriate strategies.
  • Anticipate business needs and provide short- & long-term customer-focused solutions that drive effective business results through the alignment of HR best practices to strategic business goals.
  • Partner with Training team on deployment of training needs assessments and collaborate on training activities and special projects

Employee Relations

  • Consult with staff and managers regarding employee relations issues and work with HR Partner Manager to initiate action plans to address and resolve issues.
  • Work with HR Partner Manager to coach and advise staff and managers on matters regarding conflict resolution, relationship building, and effective communication.
  • Coordinate with legal counsel and school boards as needed in regard to employment-related legal matters and policies.
  • Review and analyze key data metrics for turnover and staff satisfaction, create and implement action plans as needed.
  • Manage performance assessment program including dissemination of communications, coordinating with training team on staff and manager trainings and resources, and 100% completion rate.
  • Strategize and develop plans for staff retention efforts.
  • Work with HR Partner Manager to assist with and advise managers on disciplinary action procedures, coaching, counseling, and documentation.
  • Assist managers with preparation of performance assessments.

Leadership Coaching

  • Work with school leadership teams to implement Action Plans.
  • Meet with key stakeholders to understand the holistic opportunities of leaders' growth and development.
  • Use data (new hire, pulse, exit, engagement, leadership assessments) to identify key areas of development and create development plans to support leaders/leadership teams.
  • Meet regularly with identified leaders to provide feedback with a focus on growth and achievement of development goals.
  • Support culture camp initiatives.
  • Implement succession plans for each school and ensure key talent had a development plan to focus on growth and retention.

Workforce Planning

  • Support school leaders with staffing and promotion needs during the annual budgeting process.
  • Develop long and short-term staffing plans to meet the organizational needs of the department/school.
  • Support managers with the creation of job descriptions.
  • Manage the position change process by creating and obtaining approval for offer letters and communicating necessary data to payroll.
  • Analyze the information provided on an application to determine the suitability of the applicant for employment. Based on those findings, make recommendations to hiring managers.
  • Conduct phone and in-person interviews as requested and assist with selection of hires.
  • Support teams with creation and delivery of all HR related communications.
  • 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 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.


  • 1-2 years of HR experience required
  • Four-year college degree, preferably with HR focus
  • Excellent technical and software skills


  • 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.
  • Communications - A great communicator who engages teams and stakeholders with thoughtful delivery and messages that resonate.
  • 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.
  • Keen business acumen, strong analytic and problem-solving skills and tremendous drive for results
  • Ability to establish, maintain and grow positive relationships at all levels of the organization
  • High attention to detail
  • High degree of emotional intelligence and ability to effectively handle stressful situations
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced company

As required by theColorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, Pearson provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only, the range of starting pay for this role is $55,000 - $58,000. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program, and information on benefits offered is here.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose - to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world's leading learning company. Learn more at

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racistcompany in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

To learn more about Pearson's commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here:

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.


Organization: Virtual Learning

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 5924
More Information on Pearson
Pearson operates in the Edtech industry. The company is located in Chandler, AZ, Iowa City, IA, Minneapolis, MN, Tupelo, MS, Concord, NH, Hoboken, NJ, Albuquerque, NM and San Antonio, TX. Pearson was founded in 1871. It has 29811 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 93 open jobs at Pearson, click here.
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