Organization Development

Organization Development (OD) is a department within the Office of Human Resources that serves as a strategic partner with University community clients to help them create and realize their strategic plans, and achieve greater levels of effectiveness and productivity in their organization. The OD consulting team provides comprehensive consultation along with customized products, services, and results-based solutions to assist University colleges, schools and departments to achieve success. Explore the Organization Development mission.

Organization Development offers additional resources and development opportunities for faculty, staff, and supervisors at Pitt. On this web page, you will find remote work resources, extra insights for supervisors, tools for your meetings, and more. Explore the Organization Development Resources SharePoint site.

Learning and Development Programs

Organization Development works with the senior leader/leadership team of schools and departments to identify and address the learning needs of their workforce and design a solution to meet their unique needs.

  • Supervisor Support Chats: The Office of Human Resources is hosting an online series for supervisors across the University that aims to provide support and guidance for our new working lifestyle due to COVID-19. The goal of these sessions is to share creative ideas, unearth best practices, provide coaching, and to answer questions you may have as a supervisor.

  • Professional Development Summer Series: The Office of Human Resources is offering online professional development series for faculty and staff across the University to provide support and guidance for our new working lifestyle due to COVID-19. The goal of these sessions is to share creative ideas, unearth best practices, provide coaching, and to answer questions you may have as you embrace the changes that come with working remotely.

  • Faculty and Staff Development Program: The Office of Human Resources offers a variety of workshops to enhance the professional development of University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff. Organization Development oversees and administers the Faculty and Staff Development Program (FSDP). FSDP brochures announcing workshops are available online during the Fall (September - December) and Spring sessions (March - June).

Products and Services

Organization Development provides a variety of products and services to assist departments, areas, and individuals across the University in succeeding personally and professionally.

  • Organization Analysis: Projects include analysis of organization structure, work distribution, work processes and work relationships with recommendations that may include organizational restructure, job/work redesign and/or streamlined job responsibilities and function.

  • Process Mapping: All organizations have work processes. Mapping work processes provides a common framework for those involved to enhance communication and understanding of work responsibilities. Process Mapping projects focus on the identification, planning, and implementation of process and efficiency improvements for the organization.

  • Performance Management: The Organization Development group provides performance management consulting to a number of colleges, schools, and departments to ensure their performance appraisal system is supporting the ever-increasing need to achieve higher levels of performance and productivity. Services include competency identification, leadership coaching and instruction, goal setting and performance management learning.

  • Strategic Planning: The Organization Development group consults with schools and departments to help them identify and effectively communicate their strategic plan.

Please visit the FAQ page for more information about Organization Development.