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Content Developer

Job Type Full-Time  
Experience Level Entry  
Organization Type Edtech  
Pay Range $65k - $70k  

Do you like puzzles? Are you a natural problem-solver? Are you a “word person” who loves language and learning new things? You might be a great content developer! Read on to learn more.


As a member of the content development team, you will conduct in-person and virtual workshops with subject matter experts (SMEs) to write and review test questions and assemble examinations. You will evaluate test items applying best practices in assessment and statistical performance data. You will also be responsible for managing item banks as well as ensuring that test schedules are developed, maintained, and executed.

The item and exam building tasks performed in this position have a high impact on the business interests of the company. You will be supported in developing error-free exams with training and resources, assistance from your manager and teammates, and quality control (QC) activities conducted by the test publishing quality assurance team.


As a content developer, you will…

  • Use proprietary item/exam development and banking software to maintain and manage test content (items) and associated elements throughout the lifecycle for accuracy, quality, validity, style guide adherence, and Pearson VUE standards.
  • Understand intellectual property confidentiality and security considerations and abide by defined business practices to provide appropriate protection.
  • Partner with clients and cross functional teams on multiple exam programs and deliverables, monitoring scope and deadlines and escalating risks when needed. Assist in startup process for new clients.
  • Plan and facilitate item and exam development activities with clients and their subject matter experts (SMEs) as per contract and exam needs, including job analysis/blueprint development, item writing and review, and standard setting meetings.
  • Evaluate exam program needs using statistical data and other criteria to evaluate items and item bank health.
  • Recommend item and exam development activities and contribute to schedule planning.
  • Prepare materials, including training presentations, for test development meetings. Conduct all aspects of meeting planning: SME recruitment, hotel and catering contracts, travel arrangements, and expense reporting.
  • Establish test development meeting goals for item writing and review and define a test development schedule to achieve those goals. Facilitate virtual and in-person workshops where SMEs write and review examination items.
  • Assemble examinations within proprietary item development software and perform QC.
  • Adhere to established QC processes and guidelines, ensuring accuracy of test content components and item set selection per specs, SME input, psychometric input, and scoring parameters.
  • Collaborate effectively with members of testing services teams and other cross-functional Pearson teams, providing timely and complete input on reports, documentation, projects, teams, meetings, and process improvements.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience as content or test developer, related coursework, or direct applicable experience
  • Experience with regulatory testing/professional licensure and/or the real estate or insurance industry desirable

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Initiative and troubleshooting
  • Passionate about quality and attention to detail (e.g., proofreading)
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks and deadline
  • Strong facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to learn a variety of technical systems and applications
  • Ability to coordinate work schedule with Eastern time zone, when needed
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (e.g., Outlook, Excel, Word, SharePoint, OneDrive)

Work environment:

  • Use of phone, PC, and keyboard for data input
  • Ability to support work from home office as needed
  • Ability to negotiate transportation for off-site meetings and to carry and keep on-person a laptop during transport
  • Travel requirement up to 25%

Compensation at Pearson is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific location. As required by the Colorado, California, Washington State, New York State, and New York City laws, the pay range for this position is as follows:

The minimum full-time salary range is between $65,000 – $70,000.

This position is not bonus eligible, and information on benefits offered is here.

What to expect from Pearson

Did you know Pearson is one of the 10 most innovative education companies of 2022?

At Pearson, we add life to a lifetime of learning so everyone can realize the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are on a journey to be 100 percent digital to meet the changing needs of the global population by developing a new strategy with ambitious targets. To deliver on our strategic vision, we have five business divisions that are the foundation for the long-term growth of the company: Assessment & Qualifications, Virtual Learning, English Language Learning, Workforce Skills and Higher Education. Alongside these, we have our corporate divisions: Digital & Technology, Finance, Global Corporate Marketing & Communications, Human Resources, Legal, Strategy and Direct to Consumer. Learn more at We are Pearson.

We value the power of an inclusive culture and also 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 building a workplace where talent can learn, grow and thrive.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We want a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment decisions are 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. We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, navigate to: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Pearson.

If you are an individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career site as a result of your disability, you may request reasonable accommodations by emailing ppsmhr@pearson.com.

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