The Organizational Development Specialist is independently responsible for projects with a high degree of organizational, political, and client/stakeholder complexity. The position will lead and assist with the management of projects designed to support organizational capacity building of local education agencies (LEAs) and state educational agencies (SEAs). The position will support the effectiveness and efficiency of SEAs and function as a facilitator for LEA performance-based planning activities such as Local Control and Accountability Plans and other improvement planning required of LEAs. This position will also support projects that facilitate the dissemination of effective planning practices and resources across LEAs and between LEAs, SEAs, and other state and regional partners.
Primary duties include, but are not limited to, facilitating and supporting data analysis to inform planning processes; facilitating organizational change and implementation processes with a broad range of stakeholders to meet organizational improvement objectives; analyzing alignment of resources and organizational systems in place at LEAs and SEAs; and providing data-driven recommendations to improve organizational work practices, structure, culture, staffing, and resource allocation efficiency and effectiveness.
The position is located in WestEd’s Sacramento office; there will be no exceptions to the location of this position.
- Provides direct organizational improvement assistance to SEAs, districts, and schools through grants and fee for service activities by: (a) engaging clients and a broad range of stakeholders in using processes such as stakeholder engagement, service assessment, process design, multiparty consensus-building, visioning, and strategic planning (with reasonable mastery of service content and relevant interpersonal and political dynamics for each case); (b) designing and executing complex organizational analyses and interpretation that generate advice and recommendations to improve program quality, organizational structure, staffing, and resource allocation efficiency and effectiveness; (c) analyzing program and federal and state compliance requirements to develop policies and protocols to support productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency; (d) serving as a trainer, coach, and strategist to build clients’ internal management practices and service delivery capacity, (e) partnering with clients and professional colleagues to identify and support implementation of effective process interventions.
- Leads grants and client projects, develops scopes of work, budgets and work plans; coordinates staff activities related to projects; and ensures that high quality deliverables are completed on time and within budget.
- Designs and facilitates complex stakeholder engagements with diverse participants for the purpose of information sharing, planning, professional learning, and best practice dissemination.
- Provides leadership, strategic direction, and guidance to WestEd teams by: (a) developing scopes of work, budgets, and work plans, (b) sharing relevant professional learning materials and technical assistance tools, (c) participating in analyses and reflection that contributes to continuous improvement of services, (d) coordinating staff activities to deliver agreed upon services, and (e) ensuring that high quality deliverables are completed on time and within budget, and (f) monitoring the impact of services.
- Assists with the development and growth of WestEd services by participating in proposal preparation and project management.
- Prepares and presents high quality written materials in a variety of formats that document, analyze, and explain critical information including, but not limited to, descriptions of collaborative planning processes, complex data, analytical results, and recommendations and reflections based on clients’ needs and data.
- Develops, manages, and facilitates communication among and between program staff, clients, and partner organizations as needed.
- Participates in and develops professional learning trainings, webinars, learning communities, and events to strengthen colleagues’ capacity to support new and emerging areas of work. Travels to other WestEd offices or school or district sites as needed.
- Advanced degree (i.e., Ph.D. or Masters) in Education, Organizational Development, Public Policy, Business, or related area
- At least 10 years of professional and/or academic experience in the field of organizational development consulting, project management, or educational planning and research
- Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build positive, trusting relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, including staff, executive leaders, funders, and board members
- Knowledge of research on high-performing schools and districts and experience in school and/or district planning and change processes
- Demonstrated experience and success conducting stakeholder engagement processes having a high degree of programmatic, policy, political, and stakeholder complexity
- Demonstrated skills in large and small group facilitation and public speaking, organizational assessments, collaborative process design, strategic planning, and public engagement
- Demonstrated experienceworking with public sector organizations at various levels, with a solid understanding of political dynamics as well as how public policy is developed and implemented
- Expert level writing and verbal communication skills in combination with a demonstrated ability to critically analyze research findings and communicate complex information to diverse audiences
- Demonstrated project management and leadership capabilities
- Proven ability to handle politically sensitive and confidential information with discretion
- Experience working in, or in partnership with, schools, districts, state educational agencies, or other education-related organizations
- Ability to travel – requires 25-40% travel time