University Ombudsperson

Seattle University | University Ombudsperson
Seattle, WA

Seattle University seeks a diplomatic, engaging, and fair-minded leader to serve as its inaugural University Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson will support institutional efforts to offer a safe, neutral, informal, and confidential space for Seattle University faculty and staff to discuss and find solutions for workplace issues and concerns including attention to intercultural dynamics that impact communication, belonging, and thriving. The Ombudsperson is a member of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and has a critically important role in enhancing the University's inclusion ecosystem. By helping Seattle University community members work together, the Ombudsperson will foster a healthier, inclusive culture and work environment. This role is one of two leadership opportunities open in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion that will play an important role in contributing to the University's commitment to creating an inclusive and positive culture.

The Ombudsperson has primary responsibility for serving faculty and staff by offering confidential, informal, constructive, and neutral dispute resolution services. The Ombudsperson is neither an advocate for any individual nor the University, but rather an advocate for fairness who provides information, advice, intervention, and mediation to ensure that all members of the University community receive fair and equitable treatment.

Candidate Profile
Candidates with a range of professional experiences will be considered, although ideal candidates will have demonstrated experience and success in the following areas:

• Strong undergraduate academic credentials, a minimum of a master's in conflict/dispute resolution, counseling, education, psychology, pre-law, or a related field and work experience that requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a culturally sensitive and fluent manner with individuals from diverse backgrounds; obtaining and maintaining the trust and confidence of constituents at all organizational levels; and remaining impartial when meeting with individuals dealing with sensitive, complex, and confidential circumstances.
• Strong leadership, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills with the ability to gather and analyze information and assist the inquirer in developing appropriate options and actions.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as strong intercultural communication capability.
• Certified in dispute resolution or willing to undergo certification.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the university and with individuals of various cultures and backgrounds.
• Personal traits of a high level of integrity, team orientation, professionalism, and trustworthiness.
• Knowledge of university structure, culture, policies, and practices or experience in similarly complex environments.

To view the full position description please visit this website .

Beth Schaefer, Euris Belle, and Alyssa Perez Leal of Koya Partners/Diversified Search Group have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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 or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program

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