July 28, 2016

Job Posting: World Bank

The World Bank Group has opened a search for an Ombuds.  The position is based in Washington, DC but is expected to travel regularly to other WBG offices. The appointment is for a five-year term, which may be renewed for an additional five-year term.

Fellowship Opportunity: D.C. Schools Ombuds

The Ombudsman for Public Education in Washington DC is accepting applications for its third cohort of fellows. The Ombudsman Fellows will, "work directly with families, learn about the education system in DC, learn about conflict resolution, develop creative problem solving skills, and develop expertise on issues including special education, student discipline, truancy, and bullying prevention." The part-time, year-long fellowship offers academic credit or a stipend.

July 27, 2016

Job Posting: Meharry Medical College

The Methodist-affiliated, HBCU medical school in Nashville, Tennessee is hiring its first Ombudsman. The full-time position will work with Meharry's 700 students, plus staff, faculty, and administrators. The MMC Ombuds will be expected be a member of IOA, "in order to stay on the leading edge of critical ombudsman issues, such as confidentiality and privilege." 

July 26, 2016

Job Posting: Central Michigan University

The public research university in Mount Pleasant is hiring a full-time Ombudsperson. The position is located in the department of Enrollment and Student Services, and will work with the university's 29,000 students. The position has been held by Director of Brad Kloha, who was also Director of Administration/Enrollment and Student Services. 

July 25, 2016

Ombuds Training to be Offered in Virginia, October 2016

The International Ombudsman Association will offer several training programs for Organizational Ombuds in Alexandria, Virginia October 17-21, 2016.  The offerings are aimed at aspiring, novice, and experienced Ombuds.


July 22, 2016

Job Posting: Smith College

The private women's liberal arts college in Northampton, Massachusetts has opened a search for a part-time Ombuds. The position will work with faculty and staff about eight hours a week. A hire will restore an Ombuds program that was closed in 2009. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and training in mediation/conflict resolution. An advanced degree is preferred.  No deadline or salary indicated.  (Smith Posting.)

July 21, 2016

University of Alabama at Birmingham Appoints First Ombuds

Michelle Fanucchi has been named the first Faculty Ombudsperson for UAB. She will work with about 2,100 faculty and report directly to the Office of the Provost.  

Nova Southeastern University Awards Scholarship for Ombuds Research

The private university in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has awarded the James O. Elmore Scholarship to PhD candidate Alicia Booker for work on the Administrative Conference of the United States research project “Ombudsman in Federal Agencies: Programs and Practices” and the IOA Remuneration Surveys. 

July 20, 2016

IOA Pushes Back on Department of Education's Stance on Clery Act

The International Ombudsman Association has responded to a recent statement by the U.S. Department of Education that Ombuds "generally meet the criteria" for mandatory reporting of campus crimes under the Clery Act.  For many years,  whether an Ombuds would be required to break confidentiality and report details of crimes has been considered a non-issue within the profession. A letter from IOA President Reese Ramos explains how the Department's updated handbook for Clery compliance "seriously misrepresents" the role of Ombuds.

University of Utah Health Sciences Names Second Ombuds

Associate Professor Jim Ruble became an Health System Ombudsman for the U of U earlier this month.  He joins Michael Cohen, who created the program in early 2015, to serve more than 14,000 faculty and staff.

July 19, 2016

FCO/Osgoode Opens Registration for Fall 2016 Ombuds Certificate Program

The Forum of Canadian Ombudsman and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University will offer their certificate program, Essentials for Ombuds, September 26-30, 2016 in downtown Toronto.  This is the fourth annual offering of the program.

Montgomery College Hires New Ombuds

Julie Schwartz Weber has been named the second Ombuds for Montgomery College.  She will be the first full-time Ombuds for the community college just outside Washington, D.C.  Sarah Miller Espinosa, who set up the office in August 2013, will stay on as a Special Assistant to the President to help expand the Ombuds Office to students in 2017.

Ombuds at University of North Dakota Posts First Report

Henok Elias, who became UND's first full-time Ombuds in November 2015, has posted a report the work of his office in the first five months of 2016.  The report offers Elias's personal view of the campus climate and his role as the Ombuds.

July 18, 2016

Georgia State University Expands Ombuds Office With Two New Hires

The GSU Office of the Ombudsperson has appointed Birthe Reimers and Chris Vermillion as Assistant Ombudspersons, joining Director and University Ombudsperson Kelley Alexander after a national search.  The new hires dramatically expand the ability of the office to provide Ombuds services to over 40,000 faculty, staff, and students.   (GSU Ombuds.)

July 15, 2016

Job Posting: Food and Drug Administration

The FDA's Ombudsman & Conflict Prevention and Resolution Office in Silver Spring, MD is hiring a Conflict Prevention and Resolution Specialist. The position will serve as an ADR expert for agency workplace disputes. Occasional travel to field offices may be required.