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Call for Submissions: International Ombudsman Association 2018 Conference

IOA seeks proposal for its 13th annual conference. Set for April 23-25, 2018 in Richmond, VA, the event attracts Ombuds and others interested in the field from diverse sectors around the world and have varying levels of experience. They represent professionals in academia, corporations, government, and other organizations.…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on August 31, 2017 at 1:37pm — No Comments

International Ombudsman Association Seeks Proposals for Professional Development Programming

The professional association for Organizational Ombuds is soliciting proposals for a "replicable core course which will introduce ombuds professionals to conflict theory" -- a new two-day course to be offered…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on August 4, 2017 at 12:07pm — No Comments

The Ombuds Year in Review: 2016's Top Stories

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on December 31, 2016 at 11:25am — No Comments

Professional ADR Opportunities with the United Nations

The Office of the UN Ombudsman and Mediation Services is seeking independent consultants for two opportunities: conflict competency skills training; and on-call Ombuds and mediators.  The deadline for the skills training is approaching quickly, but the need for on-call expert neutrals is on-going.…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on September 1, 2016 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Internal Dispute Resolution Programs May Improve Business Competitiveness

A study by Baylor University finds that efforts to help employees understand and embrace a company's values, strategy and goals — ‘internal…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on August 23, 2016 at 2:42pm — No Comments

FEMA is Hiring ADR Reservists for Disaster Response

The Department Of Homeland Security agency has posted a vacancy announcement for the FEMA ADR Corps. These "Reservist ADR Advisors" are temporary, intermittent, on-call Federal employees who are deployed on short notice for 30-60 days to large presidentially-declared disasters. Using a variety of…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on August 11, 2016 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Fellowship Opportunity With District of Columbia Education Ombuds

The Ombudsman for Public Education in Washington DC is accepting applications for its third cohort of fellows. The Ombudsman Fellows will, "work directly with families, learn about the education system…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on August 2, 2016 at 6:25pm — No Comments

Internal Report Surveys Ombuds Programs Throughout United Nations System

The United Nations Joint Inspection Unit, the independent external oversight body for the intergovernmental organization, has published the results of an analysis of Organizational Ombuds programs in 19 different UN-affiliates. The report calls for…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 2, 2016 at 4:27pm — No Comments

International Ombudsman Association Releases Memo Providing Legal Grounds for Ombuds Confidentiality in Title IX Matters

In April of this year, the International Ombudsman Association solicited a legal memorandum from a highly respected law firm—WilmerHale—on the issue of Ombuds confidentiality in the cases implicating Title IX and the Clery Act. Title IX is the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination at education institutions and the Clery Act requires…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on July 2, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Journal of International Ombudsman Association Publishes Volume 9

The first issue of JIOA's ninth year includes a diverse collection of articles about Ombuds practice and professionalism.  Editors Howard Gadlin and Samantha Levine-Finley write: "For a long time it felt as if ombuds spent more time talking about being ombuds then they spent ombudsing. ... Now our discussions are…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on March 22, 2016 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Ombuds Internship Opportunity with USDA

The U.S. Department of Agrculture's Office of the Ombudsperson is seeking a Volunteer Intern, part- or full-time for two to four months. The internship offers an excellent exposure to a growing Ombuds program and the chance to acquire significant experience working with USDA Ombuds.



The Secretary of Agriculture created the Office of the Ombudsperson as part of the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement. Operating since the summer of 2015, the Office aims to…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on March 4, 2016 at 12:33pm — No Comments

IOA to Offer Range of ADR Training Programs in Seattle

As a prelude to its eleventh annual conference, the International Ombudsman Association will offer several training programs in Seattle, April 8-10.  The trainings are open to anyone and are not limited to Ombuds or conference attendees. 

The programs include:…



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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on February 12, 2016 at 1:34pm — No Comments

ADR Internship Opportunity with United Nations

The Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services is offering a full-time, two-month, unpaid internship in its New York offices.  The position supports UNOMS Mediation Services; helps identify systemic issues; supports outreach and advocacy efforts; and helps prepare data and reports.…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on January 11, 2016 at 12:39pm — No Comments

The Ombuds Blog Top Stories of 2015

The fifth annual survey of the top stories about Organizational Ombuds.



10. Precedent Avoided -- In settling a wrongful termination lawsuit in…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on January 1, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Journal Marks Tenth Anniversary of International Ombudsman Association

The latest issue of the Journal of the International Ombudsman Association is the first of two editions celebrating the ten years of IOA. The is the first issue from new co-editors, Howard Gadlin and Samantha…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on August 21, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Realtors to Require Local Ombuds Nationwide Next Year

The National Association of REALTORS® will all state and local associations to provide Ombudsman Services by January 1, 2016 pursuant to Professional Standards Policy Statement #59.  According to a press release, "It is the belief of the National Association’s Professional Standards Committee that many ethics complaints might be…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on May 26, 2015 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Administrative Conference of the U.S. Issues RFP for Federal Ombuds Study

ACUS, the independent agency that promotes improvements in the efficiency, adequacy, and fairness of federal procedures, is seeking a consultant or consultants to undertake a research project that will study procedures and best…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on April 8, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments

Internship Opportunity: UN Ombuds Office

The Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services is offering full-time, two-month, unpaid internships in its New York offices.  The positions support to UNOMS Mediation Services; help identify systemic issues; support outreach and advocacy efforts; and help preparing data and reports.…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on February 5, 2015 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Ombuds Year in Review: 2014

The top stories about Organizational Ombuds last…
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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on January 8, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fellowship Opportunity With D.C. Schools Ombudsman

The Ombudsman for Public Education in Washington DC is accepting applications for its first cohort of fellows.  The Ombudsman Fellows will "work directly with families, learn about the education system in DC, learn about conflict resolution, develop creative problem solving skills, and develop expertise on issues including special education, student discipline, truancy, and bullying prevention."  The part-time, year-long…

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Added by Tom A. Kosakowski on January 8, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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