October 20, 2014

Job Posting: Prince George's County Public Schools

The large school district in Maryland has reopened the search for an Ombudsman.  The job description, qualifications, and pay range have been revised significantly from the prior search in May.  

October 17, 2014

Webinar to Feature Ombuds from University of Denver and University of Connecticut

The alternative dispute resolution portal will host a webinar on the evening of October 23 on, "Peer Case Consultation: an Approach to Professional Development."  The  presenters will be Jenna Brown, the Ombuds at the University of Denver, and Jim Wohl is the Ombuds at the University of Connecticut.  

Meet Columbia's Ombuds

Seven months ago, the private research university in New York City appointed Joan C. Waters as University Ombuds, only the second person to hold the position.  She told the Columbia Spectator that Waters said that she’s already seen 175 visitors, one-third of which have visited the office more than three times.

October 16, 2014

Job Posting: Medical College of Wisconsin

The private medical and graduate school in Milwaukee is hiring its next Ombuds. The 20%-time position reports to the president and will serve as a resource for faculty, staff and 1,300 students. Applicants must have a terminal degree and seven years of related professional experience (experience in conflict resolution and mediation preferred), and must complete IOA’s Ombuds Foundations course within the first year.  

UC Davis Expands Ombuds Office

 The University of California in Davis has hired Rita Callahan to serve as an Associate Ombudsperson.  She joins Director Susan Kee-Young Park, who opened the Ombuds Office and has been serving the campus single-handedly since April 2013.  Callahan started on October 15.

October 15, 2014

Volunteer Opportunity: Mediators Beyond Borders International

The international non-profit is seeking applicants to open an Office of the Ombudsperson.  At least two part-time, volunteer Ombuds will work with MBB staff and volunteers worldwide. The organization has already created a Charter and the program will follow IOA Standards of Practice.

October 14, 2014

Ombuds Certification Board Sets New Informational Conference Call

The Board of Certification for Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioners has reset its teleconference information session to Thursday, October 16 from 11 am - 12:00 pm Pacific (2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern) after a problem arose during the October 9 call. In addition, the deadline to register for the November qualifying exam has been extended to October 22, 2014.

UC Berkeley Staff Ombuds Releases 2014 Biennial Report

Sara Thacker, Director of the Staff Ombuds Office at Berkeley, said that
respect and civility continued to top the list of concerns for the 535 staff visitors to her office in 2012-14.  Moreover, cases from employee with concerns about job/role clarity and work styles increased significantly.  

October 13, 2014

IOA Seeks Nominations for 2015 Board of Directors

The International Ombudsman Association is inviting member nominations for its governing board.  For the IOA Board term starting in April 2015, there will be six Director positions open. Both Associate Member Representative positions are currently filled and neither term will expire this year.

October 10, 2014

Job Posting: Pfizer, China

The global pharmaceutical company is hiring a Regional Ombudsman Director for its Asia operations.  The position reports to the company's Chief Ombudsman, Tim Shore; and is based in Beijing.

Dartmouth to Reopen Ombuds Office After Retirement

The Ombuds office at the private Ivy League college in New Hampshire has been closed since June, when the first Ombudsperson, Mary Childers retired. Childers opened the office in 2007 and began initially in a part-time capacity. According to an article in the campus newsletter, the College is forming a committee to conduct a six- to nine-month search. 

Updated Sexual Misconduct Policies at UC Irvine Assert Ombuds' Confidentiality

The Orange County campus of the University of California has revised its policies and procedures for reporting and responding to sex offenses.  The new policies make it clear that the UCI Office of the Ombudsman is a confidential resource.

October 08, 2014

Cal Caucus Invites Nominations for 2014 Awards

The California Caucus of College and University Ombuds is soliciting nominations for awards to be given during its meeting at Asilomar in Pacific Grove on November 16–19. Each year, CCCUO publicly acknowledges individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the Ombuds field, within Cal Caucus and the profession at large.

Iowa State University Ombuds Reports That Cases Have Doubled

ISU Ombuds Officer Elaine Newell told a university committee that, "Business is booming."  According to an article in the campus newspaper, Newell said about 600 new clients have visited her office since 2008.  Moreover, over the last quarter she has seen business double. 

October 07, 2014

North Dakota State University Establishes Ombuds Office

The North Dakota's largest university has appointed Kristine Paranica to serve as its first Ombudsperson.  Paranica will work with NDSU faculty and others working in academic affairs including graduate research assistants.  She is working out of a temporary  location while an Ombuds office is being built in the campus library.