May 04, 2021

Carnegie Mellon University Selects First Staff Ombuds

Jennifer Pablonis has been named the inaugural Staff Ombudsperson for private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to the job posting, her office is part of human resources and will serve CMU staff members and staff supervisors. Pablonis will create and manage an "Ombuds Community of Practice" which will develop IOA-based standards for other Ombuds to be created at the university. In addition the Ombuds website explains: "The staff ombudsperson receives and triages the ethics hotline reports received through Report It, which is a third party vendor. The ombudsperson does not handle actual investigations."

Pablonis comes to the positing after 22 years as the compliance manager at BNY Mellon, where she managed the whistleblower hotline, deployed the Code Of Conduct Certification, analyzed conflicts related to gift/entertainment and outside affiliation requests, and developed a global conduct risk tracker. She is a graduate of Penn State University. (CMU Staff Ombuds; LinkedIn.)

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