Organizational Development (OD) is a unique field of research and theory which is dedicated to expanding the effectiveness of “people” to be more successful and therefore make the organization more successful.
OD comes from human relations’ studies and has a core belief that feedback is a valuable tool in studying the progress of an organization.
While OD has been around for decades, recent studies have shown that the trend is coming back to aligning organizations with ever-changing environments.
A very common OD approach which is used to help organizations negotiate change consists of four components:
• Diagnosis – helps identify problems which may interfere with the effectiveness and assess underlying causes
• Action Planning – strategic planning for addressing the problems. The organization is engaged in an action plan.
• Intervention – steps taken, monitor progress, build new communications.
• Evaluation – Assess the change, track the progress and document the impact on organization.
1. Plans, directs, and coordinates small, medium or large size human resources projects and resources to ensure departmental goals are completed on time, within budget, and with optimum quality.
2. Provides direction, prioritization and conflict resolution in managing work teams to accomplish business unit objectives; participates in larger Department and/or District strategic projects.
3. Manipulate and analyze spreadsheets and databases for department; develops metrics to track and analyze financial, operational, and/or statistical performance of assigned specialty area. Conducts market, trend, ROI/cost-benefit, and best practices research and analysis; prepares reports of findings and develops recommendations and presentations for management based on research conducted.
4. Identifies and recommends work processes efficiencies; implements enhancements to methods and procedures as applicable.
5. May assist in the preparation, review, reporting and monitoring of the department’s budgeting and expenses. Verifies accuracy of data; identifies and resolves issues or problems with data; develops recommendations to remedy errors and mitigate future occurrences.
6. Participates in control activities for assigned area; may act as liaison for audits and audit resolution activities.
7. Provide work direction and training to junior staff as needed.
8. Develops communications to internal and external stakeholder groups Assists in planning and execution of conferences and meetings including: securing meeting space, developing invitations and communications with conference attendees, coordinating written materials, managing staff members involved with event and other related tasks.
9. Provides varied administrative support activities including, but not limited to, ongoing contract administration, maintaining files and forms, and maintaining various project documentation.
10. Conduct Diversity Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Critical Thinking Hats and Crucial Conversations classes if identified as needed or wanted through management and staff evaluations.