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RssOrganizational Development Specialist

I am seeking an Organizational Development position with a large company in the Chicago area. I want the opportunity to use my management skills and passion for people to help guide talent and leadership in an internal capacity, such as for my a Human Resources department, or externally by working for a management consulting firm, especially those that specialize in healthcare.

Organizational Development Specialist

Wheaton, IL

About Me


Human Resources


Organizational Development Specialist


I am proud to work for the largest professional organization for psychologists in the world. Over the past two and a half years, I have helped the Corporate Relations & Business Strategy department grow and develop nearly threefold. Highlights: Ran our first national conference on employee well-being, developed corporate blog, e-newsletter, and podcast series, and rolled out a searchable, online literature database and professional calendar for employers worldwide to use.

Ideal Companies:

Southwest Airlines, Towers Perrin, PepsiCo, Apple, Abbott, Kraft Foods, Sara Lee, FBI, Pricewaterhousecoopers, RHR International

Education level:


Will Relocate:



Wheaton, IL

Work Experiences

12/2006 - Present



  • -Serve as a liaison to help psychologists build, manage, and market their clinical practices -Contribute to APA informational resources by researching, writing, and editing articles -Plan and assist coordination of two national APA conferences each year -Consistently monitor workplace, psychological, and environmental research trends -Manage operations of the national Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP) -Provide support to 55 psychologists running local-level PHWPs and develop creative solutions to issues with applying organizations (e.g., employee survey distribution) -Manage annual event planning for national PHWP conference, award ceremony, and reception for an audience of more than 500 psychologists and business professionals -Conduct training sessions for psychologists on running local-level programs and managing the application process and nominations with Web-based system -Created successful strategy for engaging and maintaining a network of cooperating organizations -Helped expand communication strategy, as well as write, edit, and manage the production of national PHWP content for print and electronic communications, including a monthly e-newsletter (1,200+ subscribers), corporate blog, annual B2B magazine, and Web content -Determine staffing needs, interview, assist in hiring, and train new employees and interns -Supervise, motivate, and mentor employees -Improved personnel selection process, created job manuals, redesigned job descriptions, reengineered procedures for financial assistance program, and overhauled archival system -Oversee 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) budgets

8/2004 - 8/2006

Schaefer Center for Public Policy

Entry Level

  • -Supported facilitators with focus groups for numerous state, federal, and non-profit agencies -Executed qualitative themes analysis of open-ended survey responses for research reports -Prepared training materials, set up computer equipment, and assisted with the operation of Managing for Results, a state-wide training program -Conducted reviews of best practices research, collected primary and secondary data, entered and analyzed data, and prepared graphs and charts in Word, Excel, and SPSS -Contributed to workforce planning project for Maryland State Highway Administration by collecting, analyzing, and presenting findings from 50 state transportation departments -Updated salary comparison analysis for Maryland State Highway Administration by collecting, analyzing, and presenting findings from 50 state transportation departments -Coordinated survey venture for Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, which involved survey distribution, tracking, and project management

9/2001 - 8/2004


Entry Level

  • -Acquired extensive knowledge of 350 bed hospital workplace environment -Managed daily operation of state-of-the-art medication dispensing RobotRx -Spearheaded solutions to system processes and ergonomic issues -Trained technicians and monitored progress utilizing computer software



Master Degree

University of Baltimore

  • Industrial Organizational Psychology


Bachelor Degree

University of North Florida

  • Psychology


High School/GED Degree

J.P. Taravella

  • High School Degree