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Senior Organizational Development Consultant/Organizational Development Consultant

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-02
Req: R0026337

The University of Virginia Human Resources (UVA HR) organization is seeking a Senior Organizational Development Consultant or Organizational Development Consultant. The Consultant will engage employees with exciting opportunities for collaboration and community, and make a clear connection to the University’s 2030 Strategic Plan and the Racial Equity Task Force report’s initiative for pathways for staff success through their work.

This Senior Consultant/Consultant position requires a strategic, adept practitioner with prior experience developing and implementing OD strategy with successful, measurable outcomes. The Consultant plays a key role in our long-term success in delivering a world-class employee experience. This role works with a team of OD Consultants whose work includes focus on culture and engagement efforts, and has responsibility for a variety of other work related to Talent Management and professional development. Success and impact will be measured via the execution of programs and consultation with top-level leaders on actions that drive cultural change, employee experience, and engagement.

Today, UVA is a diverse global community of nearly 54,000 students, faculty, and staff. University students represent virtually every state in the nation, and 111 countries, and nearly a quarter-million alumni around the world actively support UVA's mission to serve the greater good.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Virginia Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia for the fourth consecutive year. UVA Health ( includes a renowned academic medical center committed to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow's health care leaders, and discovering new and better ways to treat disease. Find out more about the many benefits of working at UVA (, and living in Charlottesville (why Charlottesville).


  • Acts as subject matter expert on culture and employee engagement. Works with business units on culture strategy and initiatives to operationalize it.
  • Coaches leaders, consults with teams, and leads solution development in collaboration with HR Business Partners to enhance employee satisfaction, employee engagement and the culture.
  • Designs and facilitates interventions for complex issues.
  • Applies organizational development skillset to develop solutions and lead initiatives that support culture and values alignment, workplace improvement, and team effectiveness.
  • Acts as champion for University initiatives related to collaboration and values.
  • Conducts statistical analysis and uses data visualization techniques to provide data-based insights and recommendations.
  • Assumes operational responsibility for administration, communication and consulting related to the UVA Health employee engagement survey. Reviews post-survey results and analyzes overall survey results for themes and areas for improvement; prepares for presentations to senior leadership.
  • Facilitates monitoring of action plans for quality, completion and follow through. Develops and maintains a catalogue of best practices for improving employee engagement and the culture.
  • Participates in projects related to talent management, leadership development and learning. Applies advanced knowledge and organizational development experience to realignment and modernization efforts that improve culture alignment, employee engagement, competence, capability, and overall performance.

Required Qualifications

  • Education: High School Diploma
  • Minimum experience: At least eight years of experience in a professional HR position. Preferred experience: Bachelor's degree with at least five years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree with at least four years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize workload for self to meet deadlines and objectives.
  • Proven record of delivering initiatives from conception through implementation.
  • Demonstrated success in a collaborative work environment; and
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Required Competencies

  • Collaboration
  • Customer focus
  • Values differences
  • Drives engagement
  • Organizational savvy
  • A high level of emotional intelligence

Preferred skills:

  • Workday, Salesforce, Zoom
  • Experience partnering independently with senior leadership and their teams to improve their overall effectiveness
  • Experience with administering and debriefing assessment instruments including but not limited to DiSC, MBTI, Strength Finders and Korn Ferry 360.
  • Strong ability to lead group facilitation experiences with small and large diverse audiences.

The hiring level will be determined by experience and qualifications. Preference will be given to applications received by July 30, 2021. The successful candidate will pass a criminal background check. PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for ‘R0026337.' Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, search for Requisition 'R00226337,' complete the application and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the "Resume" box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. For information regarding the position or the application process, please contact Michele Jarman at


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates.

NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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