May 16, 2022

Job Posting: University of Virginia

UVA is seeking its next University Ombuds. The search will fill a position held by Brad Holland since 1997. The full-time position serves nearly 40,000 faculty, staff, and students at Virginia's flagship public university following IOA standards. Administratively, the Ombuds office sits within the Division for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and reports to the AVP of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights. UVA hopes to have the position filled by the Fall 2022 semester.

May 13, 2022

Job Posting: Washington State Education Ombuds

The Ombuds program that serves all of Washington's K-12 public schools is hiring an Associate Education Ombuds. The full-time, remote position is the first point of contact and will co-lead an important triage process for cases and work with other Ombuds. Applicants should "bring an experience and a commitment to anti-ableist, anti-racist practices as well as a commitment to ongoing learning to provide information for navigating questions and concerns in K-12 public education."

May 12, 2022

Statewide Candidate in New Mexico Touts IOA Credentials

Ant Thornton is a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of the State of New Mexico. He is ramping up his campaign ahead of the primary, where he faces another Republican contender. Thornton is a retired aerospace engineer from Sandia National Labs. When asked about his relevant experience in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal, Thornton mentions IOA: 

May 11, 2022

University of Leiden Appoints First Staff Ombuds

Universiteit Leiden
, the oldest university in the Netherlands, has appointed Marjan van Dasselaar as its first Staff Ombuds Officer. The announcement stems from an agreement between the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (Vereniging van Universiteiten) reached four employee labor organizations in 2020. Dasselaar joins Eugène van der Heijden, who has served as Ombuds for Students since 2015.

Cal Poly Pomona Faculty Urge Restoration of Ombuds Office

Despite persistent efforts by the Academic Senate at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, the university has refused to hire a replacement for Lavada Austin, who retired as Ombuds in 2020. A spokesperson for Cal Poly's President said, “The university is taking the time to re-envision the best way to offer a broader range of assistance. A lot of resources are being put into Student Affairs.

May 10, 2022

SOS Children's Villages is Developing an Ombuds Program

The Austria-based international development organization that provides aid and advocacy for children has been developing an Ombuds program since June 2021. "According to a recent update, "The system will provide checks and balances to existing safeguarding procedures, support children, young people and adults in resolving concerns and complaints, and serve as a focal point between the complainant and the organization." A non-profit consulting company tasked with the project, Proteknon, has been engaging children and youth in the development process.

Faculty Ombuds Urge Duke University to Professionalize Ombuds Office

Last week, Duke's two collateral-duty Ombuds told the university's Academic Council that the campus should have a centralized, full-time program with professional Ombuds. The message was delivered by Laura Svetkey, professor of medicine and School of Medicine Ombuds, and Paul Manos, professor in the department of biology and Duke faculty Ombuds along with their annual report. “It's very timely for us to make this presentation as we transition out of what is called ‘collateral ombudsman’ or part-time ombudsman,” Manos said.

Internship: Department of Energy

The DOE's Office of the Ombudsman is seeking a student intern for the summer or fall. The position will work on outreach, develop training and other materials, assist with facilitations and consultations, and analyze data for insights and trends. Candidates should have some knowledge of Ombuds or ADR practices, and have some relevant skills. The position will be remote with the option for limited in-person meetings, depending on the intern’s location and ability to travel. Hours, start date, and duration are negotiable.

May 06, 2022

Job Posting: Salesforce

The American cloud-based software company is hiring a (Director Employee Relations) Americas Ombudsperson. The company's first full-time Ombuds will report to the Vice President of Global Employee Relations and cover the company's operations in the Americas. The position "will provide safe spaces for employees to share feedback and concerns,... provide mentorship to executive leadership, build playbooks crafted to address specific employee -company situations / scenarios, and build a framework for the Ombudsperson function."

Job Posting: University of California Merced

The UC campus in Central California is hiring an Associate Ombudsperson. The search will fill a position vacated by Chanelle Reese, who was recently named the Ombuds and Directors at the University of Iowa. The full-time position reports to UC Merced's Campus Ombuds, Hector Escalante, and provides services to students, staff, and faculty at a rapidly-growing university.

Job Posting: University of the Pacific

The private Methodist-affiliated university with its main campus in Stockton, California, is hiring a Senior Director of Community, Culture & Belonging/Ombuds. The full-time position reports to the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and "provides early detection for arising issues and is a source of suggestions for systemic change to improve existing university culture and processes." The position was last held by Hector Escalante, who left to become the Campus Ombuds for the University of California Merced.

Southern Illinois University Restores Ombuds Program for Employees

SIU Carbondale has appointed Michelle Kibby and Lori Foster as the first Ombuds for faculty and staff since the positions were eliminated over decade ago. (Renada Greer has been the Ombuds for students since 2017.) The Faculty and Staff Ombuds were re-established by SIU's Chancellor Austin A. Lane, after an extensive Listening and Learning Tour following his appointment in 2020.

May 05, 2022

Louisiana State University Adds an Associate Ombuds

Michael Brochu has joined the Ombuds Office at LSU as its first Associate Ombudsperson. Brochu left a similar position at the University of Cincinnati and will now report to the LSU Ombudsperson, Retha Niedecken, CO-OP. In this new role, Brochu will serve faculty, staff, and students at LSU Health New Orleans and LSU Health Shreveport

University of Minho Names Next Student Ombuds and First Institutional Ombuds

Rosa Vasconcelos has been named the next Student Ombudsperson for the public university in Braga, Portugal, succeeding Paula Cristina Martins, who established the position in 2016. In addition, Minho announced the appointment of Aníbal Augusto Alves as its first Institutional Ombudsperson. His mandate is broader and is otherwise consistent with a mandate of independence, neutrality, and confidentiality. Both new Ombuds will serve a four-year term.

May 04, 2022

Job Posting: Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Schools

The Board of Cooperative Educational Services for Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus, a public school district in western New York, is seeking its first Ombuds Officer. The full-time position will serve employees, students, and others in the school community in three counties (Chautauqua County, southern Erie County, and part of Cattaraugus County, a geographical area of 1,791 square miles) and 27 component school districts. Significant travel is required.