January 16, 2019

Job Re-Posting: University of California Berkeley

The flagship campus of the UC system has opened a search for an Assistant Ombudsperson. The position is in the Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees and reports to Director Marcia Gee Riley. The search will fill a position held by Sunny Lee, who has moved to the Dean of Students Office, and then on an interim basis by Amanda Dean since August 2017. 

Robert Shelton: Long-time University of Kansas Ombuds

Bob Shelton, who served as the KU University Ombudsman for 18 years, passed away on December 23, 2018. Shelton was a professor for nearly five decades, and was Chair of the Religious Studies Department at KU for ten years. He was widely regarded as a leader in the Organizational Ombuds field and in 1993 was elected president of the University and College Ombuds Association.

Job Posting: World Health Organization

The UN agency that focuses on international public health has reopened its search for a Regional Ombudsman for the Pan American Health Organization. The 80% time position will be based in Washington, DC, for a two-year, renewable contract. Dolores Gómez-Morán has held the post for the past four years.

IOA Announces Pre-Conference Training for New Orleans

The International Ombudsman Association will offer a number of training opportunities before its 2019 annual conference in New Orleans. The sessions are designed to be relevant for a variety of professionals working in alternative dispute resolution, not just Ombuds. 

The programs include:

Meet Southern Oregon University's New Ombuds

Dominick Robertson has been named the new Faculty Ombuds for the public, liberal arts university in Ashland. He takes over the position from Lynn Kirms, who established the program in 2016. Robertson will serve nearly 1,000 academic staff, practicing to IOA standards. Robertson has been member of the Psychology Department faculty since 2009.  

January 15, 2019

Job Posting: Chevron Corporation

The multinational energy company is hiring a Principal Ombuds Manager, to be based at its headquarters in San Ramon, California. The position has been held by Jackie Osborne since 2013. Chevron's Principal Ombuds Manager oversees a geographically dispersed team of Ombuds Managers, in addition to the processes and procedures for fulfilling the mandate of the company's Global Office of Ombuds. Some travel is required.

ABA Ombuds Committee Now Has Social Media Presence

In the wake of a very successful Ombuds Day roll-out, the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section’s Ombuds Committee has created profiles on three social media platforms. The goals of their social media posts will be to:

Co-Founder of Bravely on Why Organizations Need Ombuds

In an article contributed to Forbes, Sarah Sheehan says that the allegations of sexual harassment and pay disparity in the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign exemplified the need for organizations to have an Ombuds. Sheehan is a co-founder of Bravely, an online company that offers an independent and external Ombuds service. She says that Sanders' promises of new promises to address the problems, calls to mind the concept of an Ombuds: 

January 14, 2019

Job Posting: Fair Practices Office, Manitoba

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is hiring a Director for its Fair Practices Office. The position functions as the organizational Ombudsman for the Workers Compensation Board--addressing issues of alleged unfairness raised by any worker, claimant, employer or external service provider. The Director manages the office and reports to the Workers Compensation Board of Directors.

Job Posting: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

The independent federal that provides mediation services government agencies and other entities worldwide (and which is currently funded and not shut down) is hiring an ADR Mediator for its Office of Conflict Management and Prevention. The position will conduct outreach, develop programs and services, design and deliver training programs, and provide mediation, facilitation, coaching, dispute systems design and other related services to Agency clients. Travel is expected.

Journal of IOA Opens Access for 2019

The peer-reviewed journal for the Organizational Ombuds profession has removed its paywall for 2019. In 2017, the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association moved to a piecemeal publication schedule and moved its content to the members-only area of it's website. Earlier this month, IOA's new management company updated the association's website and opened access to JIOA. The Journal is also available through EBSCO. (JIOA Home.) 

Group Demands Reinstatement of Dartmouth Ombuds

Last week, an advocacy group called “Dartmouth Community Against Gender Harassment and Sexual Violence,” delivered a list of demands to the college that included reinstatement of an Ombuds program that was closed two years ago. The community group, which includes hundreds of students and alumni members, is seeking to have the private Ivy League college in New Hampshire adopt stronger protections against sexual harassment.

January 09, 2019

Job Posting: University of California Los Angeles

The top ranked public university in the U.S. is hiring an Ombudsperson for a one-year contract. Reporting to the Campus Ombudsperson, Kathleen Canul, the full-time position will provide impartial and confidential conflict resolution services to all members of the UCLA campus community and also work on outreach efforts and special projects.

January 08, 2019

Two Experienced Ombuds to Create New Program at USC

The University of Southern California has hired Katherine Greenwood and Tom Kosakowski as its first University Ombuds. Together, they will serve as co-equals and create an Ombuds program for a campus that has been roiled by a series of high profile scandals in recent years. Greenwood will serve the main university campus and Kosakowski will serve the nearby medical center. According to the job postings, the two new Ombuds will practice to IOA standards and become part of a new administrative center: "Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention."

January 07, 2019

Job Posting: Austin Community College District

The community college system in Central Texas has re-opened the its search for its first Staff Ombudsperson. (A search in May 2018 was unsuccessful and the college has also resumed an internal search for its first Faculty Ombuds.) The full-time position will report to the Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration and provide confidential and informal assistance to staff members and students with concerns about a staff member. (ACC enrolls over 60,000 students.)