Organization Development and Learning Specialist
Minneapolis, MN  / Saint Paul, MN 
Posted 28 days ago
Job Description
Job ID
Twin Cities
Job Family
Human Resources
Full/Part Time
Job Code
Employee Class
Civil Service
About the Job

Job Working Title: Organizational Development and Learning Specialist
Job Classification: 8183LT - HRPro 3 Leadership Talent Dev

Salary: $70,000 plus DOQ.

The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications to apply for a collaborative and creative Learning and Organization Development (OD) Specialist position. We seek applicants who are excited about the opportunity to be part of an academic institution and a Libraries' award-winning, innovative model of library service. The University Libraries organization is distributed across 12 sites on the Twin Cities campus, with a staff of approximately 350, including the state-funded Minitex program.

The Learning and Organization Development Specialist coordinates and provides educational and development programs to develop individual and Libraries organizational capacity. The Specialist supports continuous learning and the development of skills to ensure the Libraries can advance the University's mission and goals. This position provides a range of consultation services to Libraries leaders and managers on the development and implementation of key strategies and training for creating and sustaining a high performing organization. Working collaboratively with colleagues within the Libraries and those engaged in similar endeavors throughout the University, the Learning and Organization Development Specialist leads efforts to strengthen the Libraries capacity to advance new directions that require significant and ongoing shifts in resources and commitments, aligns the work and people with the strategic direction of the Libraries, and creates and implements staff development programs that foster highly effective management and leadership structures. The Learning and Organization Development Specialist is responsible for the development of program proposals including resource requirements, and for program administration. This position reports to the Director of Human Resources and Organization Development.


Learning and Development 70%

  • Research, design, develop, implement, and evaluate organizational development projects, including management and staff development and leadership training programs, collaborating with outside consultants where appropriate.
  • Obtain and/or develop effective training materials utilizing a variety of media. Ensure that development and delivery of training reflects best practices of adult education theory using a variety of delivery methods: instructor-led, coaching/mentoring, job aids, workshops, group discussions, eLearning. Forums delivered in-person and virtually.
  • Educates and develops Libraries leadership and staff in areas such as development planning, employee engagement, team effectiveness, cross functional team efforts, goal setting and project management.
  • Conduct new hire and recurring training as needed.
  • Develop and maintain organizational communications to ensure employees have knowledge of training and development events and resources.
  • Maintain and update the on-line training resources.
  • Provide facilitation for Libraries groups or teams.

Organization Development 20%

  • Serves as internal consultant to Libraries leadership, service units, and departmental management to solve problems as it relates to employee retention and job satisfaction and facilitate organization development.
  • Measure the impact of interventions on staff performance, efficiency and overall job satisfaction.
  • Analyze and document training survey data, prepare and present reports to HR Director.
  • Participate and implement change processes for Libraries strategic initiatives.

Human Resources 10%

  • Participate in and support the Libraries' process for national and local searches.
  • Serve on College/University committees initiated to improve HR relations, processes, employee engagement and workplace culture.
  • Optimize continuous process improvement by updating strategic HR programs, processes and procedures that impact organizational effectiveness.

This is a full-time, Civil Service position. The salary minimum for this position is $70,000. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.



  • BA/BS in human resources, organization development, human resource development applied behavioral sciences, business administration, liberal arts or related field and four (4) years of related professional work experience, or a combination or related education and professional HR work experience to equal eight years.
  • Experience working with leadership to assess an organization's needs and design solutions.
  • Experience developing and presenting effective training materials using a variety of media.
  • Demonstrated ability to gather data, analyze information and prepare reports.
  • Demonstrated commitment and achievement in advancing diversity and inclusivity.
  • Proficient with technologies and applications, including Microsoft Office Suite and G Suite.
  • Project Management Skills.


  • Master's degree in human resources management, organization development, applied behavioral sciences, business administration, instructional design, or learning science.
  • Work experience in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of HR disciplines, including competency modeling, workforce planning, performance management, recruiting, and onboarding.
  • Instruction and productivity technology.
  • Knowledge of organizational change management principles, methodologies and tools.
  • Knowledge in adult learning strategies and evaluation methodologies.

Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full or Part Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
4 years
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