Organizational Development Program Manager

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Non Unions
United States of America
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$74,069.00 - $111,103.00



Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.

Metra’s Human Resources Department’s mission is to recruit and retain qualified employees in a diverse workforce; treat all employees fairly; facilitate training and professional development for career growth; effectively manage and administer compensation; negotiate and administer flexible benefit programs that provide quality and value; administer medical leaves and related services; promote wellness; provide confidential and efficient records administration; ensure that Metra’s policies and procedures comply with all laws governing employment, benefits and other ancillary services; and foster an environment of trust and mutual respect with employees as well as internal and external partners. Human Resources is staffed with 30 employees.

Reporting to the Director, Management Development and Policy, the Organizational Development Program Manager will partner with key stakeholders to design and implement a program to improve employee experience through culture change and engagement; develop short and long term strategies to promote and achieve a culture of excellence. The Organizational Development Program Manager will achieve this by working with the Director to develop and execute communication plans, company-wide projects, and by serving as an information resource for all employee engagement initiatives. This position is also responsible for working with senior leadership to craft messaging that supports employee engagement. Employee Engagement Strategy: Create a comprehensive and sustainable employee engagement strategy. Work with senior leaders and cross-functional teams to develop strategies that have demonstrable links between engagement and company strategic goals. Successfully manage, document, and implement employee engagement initiatives and tasks using project management practices. Build relationships and collaboration across teams, departments, and locations. Support cultural transformation, by analyzing impact on employee engagement. Partner with and manage external vendors to deliver comprehensive culture change programs.  Employee Engagement Surveys: Manage employee surveys, communicate results, and convert results into actionable intelligence. Serve as the subject matter expert on the survey results. Create and execute a communication plan to ensure all employees receive results. Establish and report on metrics that support continual improvement of employee engagement. Manage internal relationships by responding in a timely and positive manner to all inquiries, comments, and suggestions. Cultural Transformation: Conduct research, analyze company culture, diagnose challenges, and provide strategic recommendations for cultural transformation. Create and develop 'culture branding.' Develop and manage multimedia content including, Metra's Visual Information Network; establish a suite of internal communication tools such as newsletters and webcasts. Work with subject matter experts to ensure content is accurate, relevant, and consistent with company objectives. Ensure consistency of messaging and alignment with the organization's strategic plan. Develop feedback mechanisms/listening strategy at strategic touch points to facilitate open discussions of improvement opportunities. Create measurement opportunities through pulse surveys to assess awareness, understanding, buy-in and support of organizational changes. Maintain strong relationships with leaders to ensure that engagement processes and practices align with the organization's strategic plan. Corporate Messaging: Develop and/or consult on messaging that supports employee engagement effort and cultural transformation for senior leadership, including presentations, talking points, newsletter articles, intranet, and website content. Facilitate effective meetings and act as a coach and mentor to mid-level managers as they deliver messages pertaining to culture- and engagement-related messages. Training and Development: Design, develop, and facilitate training for all levels of management to support management's culture transformation strategy and employee engagement initiatives. Perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges, so candidate can consider their growth potential. Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.



  1. Bachelor's degree in Communications, Organization Development/Psychology, or Human Resources OR in lieu of specified degree any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four years in communications.
  2. In addition to #1, must have seven years of experience in communications or implementing employee engagement initiatives.
  3. Experience working with detailed information and presenting it in a way that is easily understandable to employees at all different levels in the organization.
  4. At least five years demonstrable experience in program/project management.
  5. Experience with web-based communications, digital media.
  6. Demonstrated experience in executing large organizational change management initiatives to improve employee engagement, company culture, and effectiveness, including training, change readiness assessments, impact analyses, stakeholder management, and leadership alignment.
  7. Knowledge of training techniques and presentations.
  8. Exceptional writing and editing skills. Demonstrated ability to synthesize and present complex information in a clear, concise, and readable manner.
  9. Strong verbal communication skills.
  10. Strong interpersonal skills including listening, tact, and diplomacy.
  11. Outstanding collaboration skills. Ability to partner with leaders, team members, and peers to drive results. 
  12. Excellent project management and research skills.
  13. Possess the presence and credibility to win the trust of senior decision makers.
  14. Strong computer and web literacy.
  15. Progressive in the use of technology and various communication formats to communicate to employees and other stakeholders.
  16. Ability to execute designs and plans effectively across a culturally-diverse organization.
  17. Ability to work independently, complete projects with little supervision; and, function effectively in a team environment.
  18. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  19. High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office, social, and digital/multi media tools, including publishing, video, etc.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.