At first, the job posting is encouraging, the summary says, "The Ombudsman works with a broad constituency across the college to collaboratively solve problems, identify policies, and procedures needing review. The services are neutral and respects privacy." Unfortunately, the list of other responsibilities compromise even these fundamental tenants of neutrality and confidentiality.
Other duties include:
- Serve on teams, task forces or committees to design or redesign programs, procedures and policies that address student success issues.
- Act as students’ advocate to help them resolve student related issues, concerns or complaints.
- Provide campus-wide in-service training to Sinclair staff and faculty to better understand how to resolve student issues and conduct student support groups/workshops that promote student academic and personal growth.
- Conduct parent and community orientation sessions to better assimilate students into the Sinclair environment.
- Coordinates the required prevention training for all students relative to Title IX using both web based and in-person methods of delivery. This position will be required to inform students on the Title IX process as well as the confidential and mandated reporters.
- Work closely with offices providing primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention resources to ensure that appropriate services and supports are in place for complainants and respondents.
Responsibility for these programs would make the "Ombudsman" an agent of notice and create a perception of bias or conflict of interest. The Ombuds office at Sinclair has been configured this way since at least 2008. Perhaps the search presents the opportunity for a change.