The ABA Business Law Section proclaims the arrival of Organizational Ombuds. (Exclamation point in original headline.) Ombuds Subcommittee Chair Bennett Feigenbaum says that although "major corporate financial scandals have heightened interest in ombuds," growth in the number of Ombuds in the private sector has occurred "mostly under the radar of business lawyers."
August 21, 2014
August 20, 2014
Earlier this week, Flourish!, the inaugural annual conference of the South African Organisational Development Network included a session about Organizational Ombuds. Mervyn Malamed, a business consultant with Positive Conflict Management gave a plenary session: "The Organisational Ombud - not the Classic Ombud!"
August 19, 2014
The Department Of Homeland Security agency has posted a vacancy announcement for Reservist ADR Advisor positions in its Alternative Dispute Resolution cadre. Reservists are on-call Federal Government employees who are deployed on short notice for 30-60 days to large presidentially declared disasters. Using a variety of ADR techniques, they work to resolve workplace conflicts and inform senior disaster management about trends and areas of concern.
August 15, 2014
The public university in Lexington has appointed law professor Michael P. Healy, to the role of Academic Ombud for 2014-2015. The Office of Academic Ombud Services at UK assisting 40,000 students and instructional staff with academic problems and conflicts. Healy's term began August 1, 2014.
Valerie Craigwell White will host the informal group of Ombuds from U.S. northwest and Canada's western provinces at Lewis & Clark College in Portland on Friday, October 24, 2014. Save the date and stay tuned for additional details (NWOG News.)
August 14, 2014
Texas Tech is conducting an internal search for its first University Faculty Ombudsperson. The position will work with about 2,600 academic staff and report to the Faculty Senate and Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
August 13, 2014
Earlier this year, the large, private, liberal arts university unveiled its Workplace Advisor Program for staff with issues of concern. The eight current Workplace Advisors are full-time Bucknell employees who provide a neutral or objective assistance. University employees self-select an Advisor and contact them directly. An administrator for the program is not identified.
August 12, 2014
The State University of New York in Vestal is seeking its next Ombuds. "Reporting directly to the President of Binghamton University, the University Ombudsman serves as the University's designated neutral and independent conflict management resource for all constituents of the University community, including students, staff and faculty."
A conference session at the 39th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Djibouti in November 2012 was the beginning of the OIC Ombudsmen Association. The new association seeks "to develop capacity of Ombudsmen personnel in all OIC Member States by devising training programs [and to promote them] in the countries where Ombudsman Institution does not exist so far."
August 11, 2014
The California Caucus of College and University Ombuds has posted the details for its 41st annual meeting at Asilomar in Pacific Grove. Taking place on November 16–19, the event draws Ombuds from beyond California and the higher education sector with its casual and intimate tradition.
The USOC in Colorado Springs is seeking applications for its Athlete Ombudsman position. The position heads a two-person office that provides independent and confidential advice to elite athletes regarding their rights under various domestic and international laws and regulatory schemes, and mediates conflicts between athletes and their respective national governing bodies.
FORSCOM is hiring a Lead Human Resources Specialist in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The position will serve as the Command Ombudsman for Employment Disputes. The position is open only to civilian employees of the Army and other qualified individuals.
The private university for the education of the Deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C. has re-opened its year-long search for a University Ombuds. After seeking applicants externally last summer, the university reopened the process in January and limited it to internal applicants. The posting is again open to all qualified individuals.
August 07, 2014
The public university in Indiana announced that Ralph Webb will become the first Faculty Ombudsperson on August 18. Purdue President Mitch Daniels said, "As a faculty member with nearly 50 years of service to Purdue, Dr. Webb is exceptionally qualified to provide these services with the utmost conscientiousness and care." (Unfortunately, Daniels also said that the Ombuds would provide "faculty members with objective, third-party arbitration when they might need it most.") Webb, a Professor of Communication, will serve a two-year term, which may be renewed.