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Pearson Publishing Technology Specialist in Iowa City, Iowa

Publishing Technology Specialist - ( 2108188 )


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.


A Publishing Technology Specialist’s (PTS) primary role is to publish both online and paper assessment test forms for assigned programs utilizing Pearson proprietary systems and tools. Assessment item level xml editing is also required which could include functionality for technically enhanced items (TEI’s), scoring, and accommodations needs. A PTS will perform accessibility tagging at predetermined rigors for web pages and PDFs. A PTS may also be tasked to create, design, edit, and prepare files for printed ancillaries materials. A PTS must utilize available automation tools and apply predefined standards and processes to complete assigned work efficiently, accurately, and on time. Duties and tasks may vary by project assignment, individual skills, talent, and knowledge. 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.



  • 18 months of post high school education or formal job training required

  • Minimum of two (2) years experience in xml and html for online testing environments

  • Comfortable and capable of working in both Macintosh and Windows

  • Proficient with Quark, InDesign, Acrobat and Illustrator

  • Demonstrates strong skills for files delivery to print and online environments

  • Solid grasp of fundamental principles of xml

  • Strong understanding of single color to 4-color book print production including pre-press and manufacturing

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and teamwork skills

  • Ability to learn new technologies and deal effectively with change in an ever-changing environment

  • Must be able to work well under deadline pressures in a professional environment

  • Work collaboratively in open-office and team environment

  • Excellent decision-making and troubleshooting skills to facilitate working independently when required

  • Recognize and navigate interdependencies and requirements across multiple systems

  • Utilize subject matter experts as needed to perform work successfully

This person must be able to sit or stand at a personal computer for a reasonable length of time typing and reading.

Ability to handle a high volume of work in a short period of time, handle multiple priorities simultaneously and operate in a demanding work environment is important.

Reliable attendance and punctuality is critical to successful performance in this role.


60% Online assessment form and item level work

  • Online form(s) publishing

  • Item editing

  • Item bank management (conversion, import, export, maintenance)

  • Scoring and accommodations

  • Support for documentation creation and maintenance

  • Troubleshooting

20% Paper item conversion/ preparation for paper print use

  • Item conversion or processing for paper use

  • Paper form(s) builds

  • Print-ready file preparation

  • Support documentation maintenance

  • Troubleshooting

10% Ancillary materials

  • Design of various materials and manual covers

  • Setup of templates for accessibility and print use

  • Editing through final completion of project

  • Print preparation to specific standards and various vendors

  • Support documentation maintenance

  • Troubleshooting

10% Accessibility

  • Web page accessibility to client requirements

  • PDF remediation to predetermined rigors (program specific, WCAG 2.0 AAA and/or 508 compliant)

  • Processing of MS Word and InDesign files for accessibility

  • Support documentation maintenance

Primary Location : US-IA-Iowa City

Other Locations : US-TX-Austin, US-MN-Owatonna, US-TX-San Antonio

Work Locations :

US-IA-Iowa City-2510 North Dodge

2510 North Dodge Street

Iowa City52245

Job : Publishing

Organization : Assessments School

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Entry Level

Shift : Day Job

Travel : No

Job Posting : Jul 1, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2108188