February 26, 2024

Job Posting: United Nations, New York

The Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS) is seeking a Consultant for Conflict Resolution. The fully-remote position will report to the Regional Ombudsman in New York and provide Ombuds services to UN employees for nine months.

Call for Proposals: FCO-ACCUO 2024 Biennial Conference

The Forum of Canadian Ombudsman and the Association of Canadian College and University Ombudspersons are seeking speaker proposals for their 2024 biennial conference, "Ombuds on Edge: Tackling Challenges, Evolving Practices, Enduring Principles." The event is set for October 22-24 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. The conference will include two and a half days of presentations, learning sessions, networking time, social events, and more.

University of Illinois College of Engineering Selects Next Ombuds

In September 2023, Douglas H. Beck was named the Ombudsperson for the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is the only Ombuds at the Big 10 university and succeeds Michael Hirschi, who served in the role for two years.

February 23, 2024

Cloud Native Computing Foundation Appoints Conference Ombuds

Colleen Passard has been hired as a Conference Ombuds for CNCF, a nonprofit that promotes Linux container technology. She will serve as the Ombudsperson and Mediator for CloudNativeCon on June 26-27 in Seattle and KubeDay in Tokyo on August 27, 2024. She also was the Ombuds for cdCon+GitOpsCon in Vancouver, May 8-9, 2023. In this role, Passard provides a "safe and confidential environment" for attendees to share concerns about the event, interactions with other attendees, and Code of Conduct incidents. 

February 22, 2024

COFO Updates Governance Structures

This week, the Coalition of Federal Ombudsman dramatically revised its governing documents, which included an updated name. A redrafted Charter serves as the primary governing document of the organization and, for the first time, creates an Executive Committee Charter to more clearly delineate leadership roles and responsibilities in the coalition. As part of the update, COFO also changed its name to “Coalition of Federal Ombuds.”

February 21, 2024

Job Posting: Department of Defense Education Activity

The federal K-12 school system is hiring an ADR/CM Program Manager. The full-time position serves as an "informal, independent, confidential, and neutral third-party technical expert who is responsible for delivering and maintaining the integrity of the ADR/CM Program through a variety of ADR/CM strategies." This position is within the Office of the Chief of Staff Ombuds and Resolution Services Branch in Alexandria, Virginia. (The DoDEA Ombuds program was established in 2019 and practices to IOA standards.) The position is telework eligible.

Gallaudet University Ombuds Explains the Evolution of Her Sign for 'Ombuds'

In a new video posted on YouTube, Gallaudet's University Ombuds, Liz Stone, CO-OP, explains how she adapted the standard American Sign language sign for 'Ombuds.' She incorporates references for confidentiality, informality, independence, and impartiality into a sign she feels better conveys the role.

University of Wisconsin–Madison Seeks Two Internal Ombuds

UW-Madison has opened an internal search for two new Ombuds. They will serve three-year terms, one starting in June and the other December 2024. Only retired UW faculty, academic staff, and university staff are eligible for the part-time, stipended positions. The UM Ombuds office is currently comprised of six Ombuds:
Bruno Browning, Beth Dawson, Jane Dymond, Rob Howell, Gloria Hawkins, and Thomas Kuech. (UW-M News.)

February 20, 2024

Job Posting: Howard University

The private university in Washington, D.C. is seeking its first Faculty Ombudsperson, a full-time position. Previously, Howard conducted similar searches in 2016 and 2018 but did not result in an appointment. The faculty handbook has included reference to a Faculty Ombuds Office since 2019 and stipulates that the position will be located within the Office of the President. 

University of South Carolina Debuts Staff Ombuds Office

Robynn Pease has been appointed the inaugural Staff Ombudsperson for USC, the public research university in Columbia, South Carolina. In this new, full-time position, Pease will serve nearly 15,000 staff and report to the Director of Organizational Development. She supplements the work Robin DiPietro, who has became USC's Faculty Ombuds last summer.

February 16, 2024

Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada Appoints First Ombuds

The Canadian nonprofit that licenses music and collects royalties on behalf of four million musicians, artists, and publishers, has named Mireille Tabib as its first Ombudsperson. Her role is still being defined, but SOCAN said that "Tabib will act as an independent third party, stepping in to handle certain SOCAN member disputes and complaints, in English and French, that cannot be directly resolved by the organization." 

February 15, 2024

Louisiana State University Selects Associate Ombuds

Catherine Briley has joined the University Ombuds Office at LSU. She reports to Michael Brochu in Baron Rouge and will be serving the university's Health Science Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport.

February 14, 2024

Job Posting (RFP): National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The federal agency that manages U.S. civil space programs and aeronautics/space research seeks bids for seeking a consultant to provide advisory Ombuds services. The contractor will provide training, develop materials and reports, manage a case management system, creating/analyze surveys, and provide policy and procedure support to 30 mostly collateral duty Ombuds. The one-year contract anticipates travel expenses.

February 13, 2024

SOS Children's Villages Seeks Experts for Ombuds Board

The Austria-based international development organization for children is looking for volunteers to serve on its Ombuds Board. The panel of expert board members will support and oversee the growing Ombuds program, especially the hiring of a Global Ombuds. Board members are expected to serve a four-year term and provide at least 40 hours per year. The main activities of the Ombuds Board are:

Job Posting: University of British Columbia

UBC, the large public university in Vancouver, is hiring its first Director of Conflict Management Services. While not an Ombuds position by definition, the campus lacks an Ombuds Office for employees and this job is similar in many significant respects. The full-time position reports to the Associate VP of HR and will supervise a team of people to provide independent conflict management services to faculty, staff, and student employees. The position is expected to work with the Ombudsperson for Students, Shirley Nakata.