Organisational Development Specialist

Job Description:

Organisational Development (OD) Specialists, also known as OD professionals or specialists, are typically in-house individuals with expertise in facilitating and implementing strategies and initiatives aimed at improving organisational effectiveness, efficiency, and overall performance

Job Category:
Professional Services

What you will do:

Here are the key responsibilities and activities typically associated with the role of Organisational Development Specialists:

  • conduct comprehensive assessments of an organisation’s current state
  • collaborate with organisational leaders and stakeholders to set clear and achievable goals
  • develop and implement change management plans to guide the organisation through periods of change or transformation
  • design and deliver leadership development programs
  • facilitate team-building workshops and interventions to improve team cohesion
  • develop strategies to measure and improve employee engagement and satisfaction


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of organisational development theories and models
  • a strong understanding of business operations, strategy, and industry trends
  • knowledge of principles of psychology, group dynamics, and organisational behaviour
  • skills in data collection, analysis, and interpretation
  • understanding of change management principles and methodologies
  • excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

As well as:

  • the ability to approach problems and challenges with a consultative mindset
  • understanding and empathy for the experiences, concerns, and perspectives of employees
  • ability to analyse data and information
  • to be flexible and adaptable in your approach (adaptability skills)
  • strong conflict resolution skills
  • effective project and time management
  • ability to think creatively to develop innovative solutions to organisational challenges (creative skills)
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Entry Requirements:

To become an Organisational Development Specialist, you will need to build a strong educational foundation and acquire relevant skills. While there are no specific qualifications required for this role, certain subjects and skills can be valuable for aspiring Organisational Development Specialists. Here are some subjects that can be beneficial:

  1. English: Strong communication skills, including writing and verbal communication, are essential for creating reports, delivering presentations, and collaborating with clients and colleagues.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills can be helpful for analysing data and conducting quantitative research related to organisational development projects.
  3. Business Studies: Business studies can provide you with a foundational understanding of organizational structures, management principles, and business operations.
  4. Psychology or Sociology: Courses in psychology or sociology can be valuable for understanding human behaviour, motivation, group dynamics, and organisational culture, all of which are relevant to organisational development.
  5. IT Skills: Familiarity with computer software, data analysis tools, and presentation software can be advantageous for conducting data analysis and creating reports and presentations.

Post School


Start by earning a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as:

  • business
  • psychology
  • organisational development
  • human resources

Work Experience
Gain experience in roles related to organisational development, human resources, management, or consulting. Entry-level positions in these areas can provide valuable insights into organisational development processes.

Consider obtaining certifications related to organisational development and consulting, such as those offered by professional organisations or institutions specialising in organisational development.

Build a professional network in the field of organisational development by attending industry conferences, joining relevant associations, and connecting with colleagues and mentors.

Organisational Development Specialists play a vital role in helping organisations improve their performance, culture, and effectiveness. Building a strong educational foundation, gaining practical experience, and honing essential skills will prepare you for a successful career in this field.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 44 to 46 hours a week, occasionally including evenings.

You could work in an office, client locations, and sometimes remotely.

You could travel to meet with clients, conduct assessments, and facilitate workshops or training sessions.

Career Path & Progression:

Consider taking on leadership roles within your organisation, such as Director of Organisational Development.

Mentor junior OD specialists and contribute to the development of the next generation of professionals in the field.

Experienced Organisational Development Specialists may choose to establish their independent consulting practice or join established consulting firms.

Independent consultants have the flexibility to work with multiple clients and industries.