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Change Management Job Description


Change management job roles are becoming more prevalent as the field continues to evolve. Leading organizations have looked to Prosci for guidance on creating job descriptions for these newly minted positions. In 2009, Prosci released a fictional job description for a Change Management Specialist. Since then, it has been updated with Prosci's latest benchmarking findings and experiences to build out the following sections:

  • Position Description
  • Supervision
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Skills and Qualifications

If you are looking to grow your organization's change management team, this tutorial will guide you in creating your own job description. If you are seeking a career in change management, you can learn what employers are looking for when hiring a change practitioner.

 

Position: Change Management Specialist*

 

Position Description

The Change Management Specialist will play a key role in ensuring projects (change initiatives) meet objectives on time and on budget by increasing employee adoption and usage. This person will focus on the people side of change – including changes to business processes, systems and technology, job roles and organization structures. The primary responsibility will be creating and implementing change management strategies and plans that maximize employee adoption and usage and minimize resistance. The Change Management Specialist will work to drive faster adoption, higher ultimate utilization and greater proficiency of the changes that impact employees in the organization to increase benefit realization, value creation, ROI and the achievement of results and outcomes.

 

Supervision

While the Change Management Specialist does not have supervisory responsibility, this person will have to work through many others in the organization to succeed. The Change Management Specialist will act as a coach for senior leaders and executives in helping them fulfill the role of change sponsor. The Change Management Specialist may also provide direct support and coaching to front-line managers and supervisors as they help their direct reports through transitions. The Change Management Specialist will also support project teams in integrating change management activities into their project plans.

 

Roles and responsibilities

  • Apply a structured methodology and lead change management activities
  • Assess the change impact
  • Complete change management assessments
  • Create change management strategy
  • Identify, analyze, prepare risk mitigation tactics
  • Identify and manage anticipated resistance
  • Consult and coach project teams
  • Create actionable deliverables for the five change management levers: communications plan, sponsor roadmap, coaching plan, training plan, resistance management plan.
  • Support communication efforts
  • Support training efforts
  • Support and engage senior leaders
  • Coach managers and supervisors
  • Support organizational design and definition of roles and responsibilities
  • Coordinate efforts with other specialists
  • Integrate change management activities into project plan
  • Evaluate and ensure user readiness
  • Manage stakeholders
  • Track and report issues
  • Define and measure success metrics and monitor change progress
  • Support change management at the organizational level, Enterprise Change Management
  • Manage the portfolio and change load

 

Skills and qualifications

  • A solid understanding of how people go through a change and the change process; experience with Prosci ADKAR Model is a plus.
  • Experience and knowledge of change management principles, methodologies and tools.
  • Exceptional communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Excellent active listening skills.
  • Ability to clearly articulate messages to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships.
  • Ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal.
  • Flexible and adaptable; able to work in ambiguous situations.
  • Resilient and tenacious with a propensity to persevere.
  • Forward looking with a holistic approach.
  • Organized with a natural inclination for planning strategy and tactics.
  • Problem solving and root cause identification skills.
  • Able to work effectively at all levels in an organization.
  • Must be a team player and able to work collaboratively with and through others.
  • Acute business acumen and understanding of organizational issues and challenges.
  • Familiarity with project management approaches, tools and phases of the project lifecycle.
  • Experience with large-scale organizational change efforts.
  • Change management certification or designation desired. Prosci Certification a plus.

 

*Alternative titles:
Change Management Advisor, Change Management Analyst, Change Management Consultant, Change Management Coordinator, Change Management Facilitator, Change Management Lead, Change Management Manager, Change Management Practitioner, Business Readiness Lead, Organizational Readiness Analyst, Organization Adoption Lead, Implementation Specialist, Business Transition Analyst, Business Transformation Manager, Benefit Realization Manager, Change Realization Lead, Strategy Realization Analyst

 

 

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Prosci Change Management Certification

"Amazing: these three days are going to save me
hundreds of hours and help me help my company
realize the benefits they seek."
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Program highlights:

  • Learn the methodology through practical application to your current project
  • Learn from experienced executive instructors
  • Become part of a change management community
  • Earn 2.4 CEUs, 24 PDUs and 23.5 HRCI recertification credits
  • Walk away with products and course materials worth over $1000

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Upcoming sessions:

  • Aug 13 - 15, 2013: Orlando, FL area
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  • Aug 27 - 29, 2013: Portland, OR area
  • Aug 27 - 29, 2013: San Francisco, CA area
  • Sept 10 - 12, 2013: Denver, CO area
  • Sept 10 - 12, 2013: San Diego, CA area
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“This is the best training that I have ever attended. Now I understand what I need to do when I go back to the office and start to immediately apply what I've learned. Very organized and easy to follow. Great online resource and USB and hard copies.”
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“This is one of the best programs I have attended. Excellent faculty, outstanding material, and amazing use of experiential learning techniques. Attention to every little detail, comprehensive program, material, great planning, outstanding facilitation.”
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“Excellent training, excellent content, extremely comprehensive addressing of CM concepts & practical approach. Best instructors ever!!!”
Panos P., December 2012

“The best training class I have had in years. Goes way beyond the strategy and framework and focuses on real world problems and the tools to solve them.”
- Jennifer J., April 2009

"I gained so many skills in such a short amount of time. This training will impact not only my own ability to manage change, but impact our larger organization.”
- Kim W., January 2012

"This is the best training class I've ever attended."
- Abby D., April 2011

“This was the most effective and engaging course I've ever taken. I feel that I can truly use this knowledge in my personal and professional life immediately.”
- Lisa S., February 2009

"This is exactly what I was hoping for - a hands on program that would allow me to absorb the concepts by relating them to a current business project."
- Lisa C., November 2010

“Awesome - truly one of the most beneficial programs I have ever attended - immediate application on the job!”
- Robin S., March 2009

“This program absolutely over-delivered my expectations. I now feel more prepared and better equipped to do my job.”
- Paul S., January 2009

 

 

Offerings for applying Prosci's change management methodologies:

Licensing:

  • Prosci's site licenses are a great solution for building change management capabilities and competencies throughout your organization. With a site license, you can customize and integrate Prosci’s world-leading research and methodologies to fit your organization and begin building the individual competencies necessary for true change capability. Contact a Prosci Account Manager at +1-970-203-9332 or changemanagement@prosci.com to discuss your change management needs and how Prosci's research-based, holistic, easy-to-use solutions can work for you.

Training:

  • Change management certification ($2800) - attend Prosci's 3-day certification program where you bring your own current change project to the session and learn to use Prosci’s tools through practical application – taught by former fortune 500 executives at locations across the US - includes over $1000 in products, including the Best Practices in Change Management benchmarking report, the Change Management Toolkit and the Change Management Pilot Pro 2012
  • Train-the-trainer ($3500) - learn how to teach Prosci change management training programs in your organization
  • Onsite training - bring Prosci to your location for 3-day certification programs, 4-6 hour executive briefings, 1-day manager programs or 1-day employee programs - call +1-970-203-9332 for more information

Methodology tools:

  • Change Management Toolkit ($389) - hardcopy 3-ring binder presenting the Prosci Change Management Methodology, includes templates, checklists and assessments for managing the people side of change (includes USB)
  • Change Management Pilot Pro 2012 ($489) - online tool including the Prosci Change Management Methodology, eLearning modules and downloadable templates, assessments, presentations and checklists
  • Change Management Guide for Managers and Supervisors ($209) - tools to help supervisors engage and coach their direct reports through change
  • PCT Analyzer ($149/$349) - web-based tool for collecting PCT Assessment data, analyzing results, identifying risks and developing action steps

References and books:

  • Best Practices in Change Management benchmarking report ($289 / quantity discounts available) - journal-style report with lessons learned and best practices from 650 participants, presented in an easy-to-use format - reads as a checklist of what to do and what not to do
  • Change Management: the people side of change ($18.95 / quantity discounts available) - a primer for anyone involved in organizational change that addresses why manage change, individual change management and organizational change management
  • ADKAR: a model for change ($18.95 / quantity discounts available) - the definitive work on the Prosci ADKAR® Model
  • Employee's Survival Guide to Change ($14.95 / quantity discounts available) - a handbook to help employees survive and thrive during change, answers frequently asked questions and empowers employees to take charge of change

 

 

*** Prosci also offers leadership packages - groupings of products at discounts that offer you some of the most helpful and common combinations of Prosci change management resources

 

 

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