University Faculty Ombudsperson
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is seeking to fill the position of University Faculty Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson is the designated neutral or impartial dispute resolution practitioner at UAB for faculty, mentored graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The major functions of the position include providing confidential, impartial and informal assistance to faculty, mentored graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows; acting as a source of information and referral; aiding in answering questions; and assisting in the facilitation of resolutions of concerns. The point of view of all parties involved in each case is taken into account. The ombudsperson is not an advocate for any individual, but rather is an advocate for fairness. The ombudsperson helps to facilitate productive communication aimed at assisting resolve such issues before they become formal grievances. The ombudsperson maintains a confidential database of issues and concerns brought to their attention, and compiles a quarterly report from that data. The UAB Office of Ombuds Services supplements, but does not replace, UAB’s existing resources for conflict resolution.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and with percentage of full-time effort in the required position. In the case of an individual also holding a regular faculty position, with approval of the faculty member’s department, faculty-related duties will be reduced by an amount commensurate with the compensation for ombuds-related duties.
The ombudsperson is independent of existing administrative structures and for administrative and budgeting purposes reports directly to Office of the Provost.
Master’s degree or higher. Experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Mediation/conflict resolution experience. Demonstrated communication and problem-solving skills. Ability to organize, analyze and report data; and to present information to individuals and groups of varying sizes and hierarchal levels. Demonstrated ability to act independently while also being a team player. Experience working across disciplines or multiple departments/units. Ability to maintain confidentiality with sensitive information, including student information.
Relevant experience in higher education, knowledge of its structure, policies, and practices. An advanced degree combined with relevant dispute resolution training or ombuds experience is also preferred, including experience as a counselor, mediator or arbitrator.
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.
A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.
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