Manager of Research and Organizational Development

03/24/2020 3:10 PM | Anonymous

Short Line Safety Institute (SLSI)

Location: Washington D.C.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Works collaboratively with senior leadership to establish the priorities and goals for process improvement as well as provide leadership direction for these projects.

• Builds systems to monitor, evaluate, and report on progress, outputs, and indicators of success for program- and organization-levels.

• Assists the organization in efforts to ensure quality through applying systematic approaches in its programmatic design and execution.

• Recommends on the methodologies for assessing the extent and ways that participating railroads are strengthening their safety culture.

• Conducts systematic reviews of Assessment Reports to identify trends in safety culture strengths and gaps across the short line and regional railroad industry.

• Guides research on internal program data and utilizes external sources to answer questions of interest to the stakeholders.

• Analyzes data, using statistical methods and applications.

• Conducts research and prepares scientific or technical reports and presentations.

• Maintains knowledge of innovative organizational development, employee engagement, leadership practices.

• Proactively addresses and responds to organizational development issues by assessing performance gaps, implementing and/or supporting implementation of appropriate interventions, including tactical and project planning, facilitation, instruction, program design, materials development, assessments, coaching, and performance analysis.

• Assists organizational development efforts including strategic planning, the design and development of performance management and personnel selection systems, and organizational training.

• Conducts strategic job analyses to ensure that new and existing jobs are designed to meet operational needs, and that personnel-selection processes are designed appropriately.

• Identifies and uses instruments to analyze individual and group behavior and recommends strategies for making changes.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Others:

• Excellent communicator; possesses superior written/verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to present content in a clear and compelling manner.

• Displays proficiency in various Microsoft Office tools (w/ emphasis on Excel), statistical software (e.g., SPSS), and web-based survey platforms.

• Must be confident and results driven; have a consultative orientation, and strong people and process/project management capability.

• Strong analytical skills with an emphasis on interpreting and synthesizing data.

• Ability to prepare, present, and communicate research reports and technical information to stakeholders such as advisory board members, federal sponsors, and industry.

• Adaptable; Comfortable working in a changing environment, responds positively to complexity, and high learning agility.

• Ability to manage multiple priorities and work independently or with teams.

• Ability to serve in a supervisory capacity.

• Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; and social science research methods.

• Knowledge of principles and procedures for program development and evaluation, personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, and personnel information systems.

• Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


• Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or related field (e.g., Business, Education). A PhD is preferred.

• Experience in a professional environment.

*Closing date: Friday, May 15, 2020 Email cover letters and resumes to:

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