The flagship of the University of Massachusetts system has opened a public search for its next Ombudsperson. The search will fill the position long held by Catharine Porter, who retired last July, but wh has stayed on on part-time in a post-retirement appointment. This is the first time that the position will be filled from outside the university. The position will head an office that serves a total student, staff, and faculty population of about 40,000.
Applicant must have a Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred); five years of mediation/conflict resolution experience (experience in higher education preferred); formal mediation training and/or certification; and knowledge of professional Ombuds standards. Applications are due March 27, 2015; no salary indicated. (UMass Jobs via Indeed; UMass Faculty Senate Note.)
Current members of the UMass Amherst Ombuds office include: Assistant Ombudsperson, Martha Patrick; and Ombuds Assistant, Elizabeth Vassallo.
Updated 3/17/15 with corrections from Martha Patrick.
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