Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a part-time Faculty Ombudsperson to join our community.
This newly formed, 10 month, position of Faculty Ombudsperson is independent of existing administrative structures. Although the Faculty Ombudsperson reports to the Chief Financial Officer/Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs, the Ombudsperson neither represents the university administration nor any individual.
The Faculty Ombudsperson is a designated neutral or impartial facilitator whose major function is to provide confidential and informal assistance to the university’s faculty to assist them in determining the viability of their complaints and issues; direct faculty to appropriate offices, committees, and university rules and policies; and serve when appropriate as an informal mediator of early-stage complaints and to mediate as an impartial party rather than as an advocate for faculty involved in complaints.
The Faculty Ombudsperson will serve as a faculty resource to: consult, refer, and facilitate the resolution of conflict between parties, apply essential knowledge of university policies, analyze concerns, issues, and current policy and make recommendations for policy changes. The Faculty Ombudsperson has no formal authority.
Essential Job Functions
The Ombuds Office operates according to the International Ombuds Association standards of practice: Independence, Neutrality and Impartiality, Confidentiality and Informality utilizing the Organizational Model of Ombuds process.
Dispute Resolution/Consultation and Referral
Provide impartial, informal and confidential consultation to members of the faculty who are aggrieved or concerned about an issue.
Listen to, advise, and make recommendations to inquirers regarding a range of responsible courses of action given the nature of a concern.
Assist inquirers in interpreting University policies and procedures.
Act as a source of information and assistance to the faculty concerning University-related academic and non-academic rules, regulations, and procedures.
The Ombudsperson does not make binding decisions.
Facilitate group sessions with disputing parties to assist in the exchange of information and to work to identify and resolve underlying sources of conflict.
When appropriate, provide referrals to other resources.
The Ombudsperson, as an informal resource, does not participate in any university adjudicative or administrative hearing process, or procedure related to concerns brought to his or her attention.
Policy Analysis and Feedback
Serve as a campus resource to those responsible for formulating or modifying policy and procedures, by bringing forward any concerns or issues regarding university policy and procedures.
Prepare periodic reports to the university administration based upon anonymous aggregate data. These reports will reveal trends in concerns, identify patterns or problem areas in university policies and practices, and assess the climate of the campus.
Function as a monitor within the campus community to identify problems or trends that affect the entire campus or significant parts of the campus; if appropriate, recommend creative ways to address these concerns.
Marginal Job Functions
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree and five (5) years of conflict resolution related experience in large complex organizations or an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated experience in facilitation and/or mediation.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a complex organization.
The incumbent must either be, or willing to be, an active member of professional associations, in particular, The International Ombudsman Association ( IOA ). The ombudsperson is expected to follow the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice of The International Ombudsman Association. He or she should be proactive about learning new skills and staying current on industry trends and best practices.
All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision, and values.
All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check.
Doctorate degree in the social sciences or Juris Doctorate. Experience in faculty governance and in leadership roles.
Licensed as a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner – “CO-OP” by International Ombudsman Association standards.
Salary will be discussed during the interview process and is commensurate with qualifications.
Excellent Benefits Package
This position is not benefits eligible.
Please apply online at: https://jobs.seattleu.edu. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying.
Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870.
Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.
All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with Seattle University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and character. Inquiries relating to these policies may be referred to the University’s Vice President for Human Resources and University Services and Equal Opportunity Officer at (206) 296-5870.
Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, Seattle University has designated three individuals responsible for coordinating the University’s Title IX compliance. Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity may contact any one of the following Title IX coordinators:
Office of Human Resources
Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.