October 21, 2016

U.S. Department of Education Rejects IOA's Clery Act Arguments

The International Ombudsman Association has revealed that the Department of Education rebuffed its arguments that University Ombuds should be exempt from the mandatory reporting requirements of campus crime data under the Clery Act.  

Montgomery College Ombuds Reports on 2016 Activities

MC's Ombuds, Julie Schwartz Weber, reports that her office served 115 individual employees in the last fiscal year -- about four percent of the total employee population.  Of those visitors in 2016, 105 were full-time faculty, staff, and administrators.  The total was down about 28% from the prior year, due to lower numbers of chairs and other administrators.  

October 20, 2016

Georgia State University Conflict Resolution Symposium Will Stream Keynote Speech

The annual conflict resolution symposium hosted by the GSU Office of the Ombudsperson will livestream the keynote address by Chris Crass Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:00 am Eastern. 

October 19, 2016

Job Posting: United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations' global development network has opened a search for a Conflict Resolution Consultant.  The position reports to the Office of the Ombudsman for UN Funds and Programmes and provides conflict managment services to staff members and non-staff personnel of the UN Funds and Programmes (including UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS and UN Women).  The position is based in New York City and some travel to field offices is required.  The appointment is for 120 days and starts December 1, 2016, but may be extended up to three years.

Ombuds at the Collge of William & Mary Hosts Conflict Resolution Day Speaker

In recognition of Conflict Resolution Day 2016, Tatia Granger, the University Ombudsperson at William & Mary, welcomes Wayne Blair, University Ombuds at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for a keynote address, "Conflict Management Across the Academy."  The event will take place on Thursday morning, October 20 and is open to the College's faculty and staff.  

October 18, 2016

Job Posting: University of California Merced

The UC campus in Northern California is hiring its second Ombuds.  The Assistant Ombudsperson will primary serve the UC Merced student community and provides conflict resolution services on cases of moderate complexity. The position reports to Callale Concon , who became the Campus Ombuds earlier this year.  

Administrative Conference of the U.S. Seeks Comments on Federal Ombuds Study

ACUS is accepting public comments before a committee hearing on the draft recommendations on federal Ombuds programs.  On October 19, 2016 the ACUS Committee on Rulemaking will review the report by chiResolutions, "A Reappraisal - The Nature and Value of Ombudsmen in Federal Agencies."  

October 17, 2016

Job Posting: American Red Cross

The U.S. humanitarian organization has opened a search for its next Ombudsman. The position (which is no longer titled, 'Corporate Ombudsman') will oversee and direct a restructured ARC Corporate Ombudsman Program, "including representing the confidential concerns and complaints of employees, volunteers, donors, service recipients, suppliers, partners and the general public about alleged acts, omissions, improprieties and system problems with the American Red Cross."

October 14, 2016

Job Posting: Eastern Kentucky University

The public university in Richmond is hiring its first Faculty/Staff Ombud. The part-time position will report directly to UKU's President and establish an office to serve over 3,000 employees starting in January 2017.

Job Posting: Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior's Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution is hiring a Program in Specialist Washington, DC. The position reports to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology, Information, and Business Services and provides a range of ADR services. 

October 13, 2016

Job Posting: Beacon Health Options, California

The managed behavioral health organization is hiring an Ombudsperson to provide confidential, neutral assistance to members from its office in Cypress, CA. "The Ombudsperson advocates for fairness, serves as a source of information and support, acts as a liaison among stakeholders, and supports risk management for Beacon." The duties are primarily those of an Organizational Ombuds, but also incorporate some duties that are similar to those of a Classical Healthcare Ombuds. 

Appalachian State University Names New Ombuds

In August, the public university in Boone, North Carolina appointed Professor Bob Hill as its Ombudsperson.  Hill  is a Professor of Psychology and has been at Appalachain for 24 years.  He is a clinical psychologist by training and primarily teaches psychotherapy and assessment in the graduate program. 

Barnard College Ombuds Posts Charter

Barnard's Ombuds, Judit Revesz, has debuted website for her office and it includes a Charter Agreement.  The document specifies that the office will practice to IOA standards and also states that the Ombuds is not a mandatory reporter for Title IX or Cleary Act purposes.  (Barnard Ombuds.)

October 10, 2016

Colorado and New Mexico Ombuds Get Away From it All

Last weekend, Paul Kuerbis of Colorado College hosted the first Colorado-New Mexico Regional Ombuds retreat in beautiful Crestone, Colorado. Thirteen Ombuds attended the two-day event which included an afternoon of vibrant discussions followed by a private Bhutanese dinner and entertainment from Tom Sebok and Bruce McAllister. The meeting concluded on Saturday with tours, hikes and hot springs.

Ombuds at Howard University Will Moderate Townhall with President

Student Ombudsman, Calvin Hadley, will moderate a live question and answer webcast with Howard's President Wayne A.I. Frederick. The Ombuds will pose questions collected from the student body. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 11 at 4 p.m. and can be viewed live on several platforms.  (Howard Events.)