Job Details
Ombuds Officer (50%)
S2200549
Galloway - Main Campus
Management
Human Resources (420005)
Salary commensurate with experience and is accompanied by an extremely competitive University benefits package.
09/13/2022

Stockton University is ranked among the top public universities in the Northeast with more than 160 undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as continuing education opportunities. The University, one hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City, offers unique living and learning environments throughout southern New Jersey, including the 1,600 acre Galloway campus in the Pinelands National Reserve and Stockton University Atlantic City, located in the University District, just steps from the beach and the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk. Additional locations include Hammonton, Manahawkin and Woodbine. As a public university, Stockton provides an environment for excellence to a diverse student body, including those from underrepresented populations, through an interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts, sciences and professional education. Founded in 1969, Stockton held its first classes in 1971. The University’s commitment to cultural diversity and its welcoming and vibrant community makes Stockton a great place to learn and work! Learn more about the many reasons to choose Stockton at www.Stockton.edu.

Faculty and Staff are committed to support Stockton University’s diversity commitment and strong student-centered vision and mission.

This is an in-person on campus, non-remote position.

Successful candidates will be required to show proof of being “up-to-date” with their COVID-19 vaccine status prior to their start date.  Religious or Medical waivers may be requested at the time of employment offer.

Stockton University is in search of a dedicated professional to serve in the role of Ombuds Officer. The University Ombuds reports to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, and is responsible for exercising independent judgment and prudence in handling sensitive, confidential matters. The University Ombuds is neither an advocate for any individual nor the University;; rather, the individual is an advocate for informal conflict resolution. The person should have proven expertise and demonstrated success in mediation and conflict resolution, the ability to establish and confidence of individuals at all organizational levels and be able to make policy recommendations.

  • Serve as a resource for faculty and staff to facilitate informal resolution of concerns
  • Educate and train faculty and staff regarding their rights and responsibilities under applicable policies
  • Develops, designs, delivers and evaluates a range of training programs regarding mediation, negotiation, and other related skills sets to promote constructive communication, conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving
  • Assist faculty and staff in framing issues. This includes, coaching individuals in written and in-person communications, emphasizing de-escalation techniques
  • Refer faculty and staff to University offices, services, or formal resolution processes, as appropriate and applicable
  • Coach individuals in written and in-person communications, emphasizing de-escalation techniques.
  • Provide periodic reports to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources containing meaningful, de-identified summaries of trends and the types of issues faculty and staff are reporting or experiencing, and provide recommendations for improvement
  • Meet with faculty and staff across Stockton to facilitate inclusion, retention, and collegiality.
  • Foster a culture of diversity and inclusion through activities such as the promotion of Employee Resource Groups and affinity networks, and develops training on topics which may include Dispute Resolution, Respectful Workplace Practices, addressing Bullying, and Micro-Aggression Prevention
  • Provides referrals to other University offices to provide additional services (e.g., Office of Equal Opportunity & University Compliance, Student Affairs, Women’s, & Gender Sexuality Center, Office of Military & Veteran Success Center, Dean of Students, Employee Relations, Student Health & Wellness, Academic Affairs) and/or the office(s) responsible to resolve the identified concerns
  • Serves as a resource to and member of various University committees including but not limited to, e.g., the Behavior Intervention Team, Bias Response Team, Committee on Campus Diversity & Inclusive Excellence, Employee Resource Groups
  • Consults with department leaders, managers, and administrators to establish coordinated efforts to minimize workplace conflict; develops resources and tools to aid University constituents in fostering a culture of respect, collaboration, and problem resolution
  • As needed or assigned, update, develop and maintain Stockton’s policies and procedures, particularly as they relate to faculty and staff personnel matters
  • Other Duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 2 years of experience with and participation in mediation and conflict resolution
  • Demonstrated understanding of diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Inter-culturally competent
  • Knowledge of professional ombuds standards, codes of ethics, procedures, and principles and techniques

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree is preferred, supplemented by a minimum 5+ years of professional experience
  • Experience with higher education, legal, or government agencies matters and/or labor relations within collectively bargained environments
  • Certified Organizational Ombuds Practitioner certification from the International Ombuds Association or equivalent. Analytical skills with the ability to analyze statistical data to provide institutional feedback regarding trends, practices, policies, procedures, etc.
Letter of Interest, Resume, Unofficial Transcripts

Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Only electronic documents will be accepted.  Please complete the on-line application in addition to providing the following required documents.  All required documents must be submitted in order for your application to move forward.  You may upload documents using Microsoft Word or PDF

  1. A letter of interest describing specific skills and experiences
  2. A current resume
  3. Unofficial transcripts
  4. A list of three recent professional references (included in the application): Name, Organization, Email Address and Telephone

 

Please note:

  • All offers of employment are contingent upon a favorable background check, which may include social intelligence from a consumer reporting agency.
  • Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources (Main Campus, J-115) at 609-652-4384, Monday - Friday between 8:00am - 5:00pm.
  • In accordance with the New Jersey First Act P.L. 2011 c.70, effective September 1, 2011, new public employees in certain positions (faculty exempt) are required to obtain New Jersey residency within one (1) year of employment. Applicants must meet the requirements listed.
  • Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act (Clery Act), prospective employees may access Stockton’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) at https://www.stockton.edu/police/crime-statistics.html. The ASFSR contains the previous three years of reported Clery Act crime statistics, fire safety information and information regarding campus and personal safety. If you would like a paper copy of the report, please visit the Stockton University Police Department, building 71, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway Township, NJ, or call 609-652-4390, to request that a copy be mailed to you.
  • Stockton University is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants, visit; http://www.stockton.edu/affirmative_action. Additionally, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Stockton University prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (i.e., which includes but is not limited to the prohibition of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual assault and harassment) in all of its educational programs and activities.

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