March 27, 2015

Seven Ombuds Elected to 2015 IOA Board

The International Ombudsman Association has announced the seven candidates were elected to the Board of Directors for terms starting in April 2015.  The election of officers for the next term will take place at the annual conference in Atlanta.

Chronicle of Philanthropy and Sen. Grassley Apparently Misunderstand the Red Cross Ombuds Program

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that Sen. Charles Grassley, who led legislative efforts reform the American Red Cross in 2007, has launched an inquiry into the work of the Red Cross Corporate Ombudsman Office.

Rash of Collateral Duty Ombuds Jobs In Higher Ed

There are several active postings for jobs at colleges and universities that include Ombuds duties.  Is this a sign of increased awareness of the Ombuds role or a sign of decreased understanding?

March 26, 2015

Ombuds at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Publishes Public Report

Scott Deyo, the Ombudsman for the NGA, has released a summary of his work for the 20014 fiscal year. Deyo reported that 443 visitors came to his office in the twelve months that ended September 30, 2014, a 68% increase from the prior year. The report also announced the expansion of the office with the appointment of Guy Weber, as Associate Ombudsman at NGA Campus West.

Job Posting: Federal Maritime Commission

The independent U.S. agency that regulates oceanborne international transportation is hiring an Attorney-Advisor. Among other duties, the position will provide Alternative Dispute Resolution services and make recommendations to the Office Director and Deputy Director, "through the provision of ombuds, mediation, facilitation, and arbitration services." 

Federal Court in Michigan Appoints Ombuds

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has appointed has appointed former Judge Fred M. Mester to serve as Court Ombudsman.  The Court is the eighth largest federal trial court with court facilities in Ann Arbor, Bay City, Detroit, Flint and Port Huron. As a volunteer, Mester will serve as an intermediary between judicial officers of the Eastern District of Michigan and the Bar. He succeeds Attorney George Bedrosian who recently passed away.

March 25, 2015

South African Ombuds Launches Blog

Mervyn Malamed, a South African mediator and workplace-conflict trainer, has launched a blog to promote his interest in Organizational Ombuds work.  His first post recaps his career and recent Ombuds training.  He attended the 2014 IOA conference and will be coming to the 2015 meeting in Atlanta.  (Mervyn Malamed Blog.)

Related posts: Collaboration Opportunity in South AfricaSouth African HR Conference Spotlights Ombuds.

March 24, 2015

ENOHE Posts Agenda for 2015 Conference

The European Network of Ombudsmen in Higher Education has released details of its 12th annual conference set for May 28-30, 2015 in Innsbruck, Austria.  

Rice University Faculty Seek Appointment of Ombuds

The Rice Faculty Senate has endorsed the findings of a working group regarding the creation of an Ombuds program. The working group made three recommendations: 1. That an Ombuds position be established for the Rice faculty; 2. That the Faculty Senate be involved in the hiring and periodic review of the Ombuds; and 3. That the Ombuds report to the University President. 

March 23, 2015

Job Posting: World Food Programme

The food assistance branch of the United Nations is hiring an Ombudsman. The position, based in Rome, works with WFP employees world-wide and coordinates closely with the UN Ombudsman and Mediation Services office. The job is based in Rome and is for a four-year term.

FCO/ACCUO Posts 2015 Conference Agenda

The biennial joint conference of the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman and the Association of Canadian College and University Ombudspersons, "50 Years of Fairness: People, Purpose, Passion" will take place May 10-13, 2015 at the Wosk Centre in Vancouver, BC. The event will include annual general meetings for FCO and ACCUO and pre-conference training programs. 

Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal Publishes Article About Ombuds

The latest issue of the SPE Journal includes, "The Organizational Ombuds Office and Corporate Social Responsibility: Driving Values in an Organization." Authored by three Baker Hughes employees, Bonnie Bonnivier (Ombuds), Melanie Brooke-Lander (Director of HSE Programs and Corporate Social Responsibility), and Melanie Lewis (Principal Ombuds), the article discuss how the Ombuds Office was established and shares their experiences in the preparation and implementation, establishment and operation of the function.

Rowan University Appoints First Ombuds

The public university in Glassboro, NJ has appointed Catherine Parrish as the first Ombudsman for its 1,600 faculty. “The university ombudsman position was created a year ago as the first of several initiatives geared to providing a quality workplace,” Executive Vice President Dr. Tobey Oxholm, said. 

Canadian Paralympic Committee Appoints Ombuds for 2015/2016 Games

The Canadian Paralympic Committee has appointed Peter Lawless to serve as Team Canada's Ombudsperson for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. CPC's spokesperson Elisabeth Walker-Young said,"His legal and sport expertise combine to make him a prime candidate for the role of ombudsperson. We'd prefer to not have Peter busy in his role as ombudsperson, but if the situations present themselves, I'm confident with him in Team Canada's corner." 

March 19, 2015

Job Posting: U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General is hiring a Program Analysis Officer (Ombudsman). "The incumbent functions as the organizational Ombudsman who is an impartial and confidential resource facilitator, mediator, consultant, and dispute-resolution practitioner for all DOL OIG personnel (professionals, supervisors, managers, and Senior Executives) seeking informal and early resolution of workplace-related concerns."