Position Openings

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf and the Ombuds Office are currently searching for an ombud to begin service on July 1, 2019.

Based on current priorities of the ombuds team, the office is seeking recently retired faculty and staff with broad university experience. Governance and/or administrative experience/leadership skills in conflict management will be considered a plus. Successful applicants must enjoy working with people and contributing fully to the work of the Ombuds Office.

The Ombuds Office was created to provide an alternative resource for all UW–Madison employees (faculty, academic staff, university staff, graduate students, post-docs, and student staff members) seeking assistance with work related issues.

The Ombuds Office is comprised of five retired UW employees representing faculty and staff whose expertise comes from decades of service to the campus in wide variety of different disciplines and positions. Ombuds are selected to achieve the greatest breadth and depth of university experience. Ombuds generally serve a term of three years.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send the following materials to ombudssearch@provost.wisc.edu by April 1, 2019.

Applications may also be submitted by mail to:
Office of the Provost UW–Madison
Room 150, Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Application Materials

  1. A letter of no more than 2 pages in which you state your qualifications for and interest in the position. Please include in the letter your responses to the following questions:
    • Based on the description of the work of the Ombuds Office, what interests you about serving in this role?
    • What experiences have you had on campus that you believe will contribute to the work of the ombuds?
    • This position requires a close working relationship with members of our self-directed, independent ombuds team. What do you value about yourself as a team player?
  2. A resume or brief curriculum vitae (no more than four pages)




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