October 20, 2009

Job Posting: Georgia State University

GSU is hiring an Ombuds for students and staff that practices to IOA standards. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree and seven years of related experience or a combination of education and experience. Perhaps prematurely, the posting states that, "Certification as a mediator and/or Ombudsperson is required." (IOA certification is still many months away.) The position pays $45,886-$70,479 per year. The application period is just five days long and closes Friday, October 23, 2009. (GSU Jobs, vacancy no. 0601150; via HigherEdJobs.)

The search will fill the vacancy left by Donna Douglass Williams, who moved to Switzerland this summer to become the World Health Organization Ombuds. Williams served as the Student/Staff Ombuds position since January 1999 and also was the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for GSU. She was active professionally with UCOA and IOA, and co-organized the 2005 UCOA conference in Atlanta. Her position is being filled on an interim basis by Kelley Alexander. (
GSU Ombuds Office; UCOA 2005 Conf.; GSU HR Advisory Cmte. Minutes 7/16/09; LinkedIn.)

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