Associate Student Ombuds 2022-23

Applications are being accepted from enrolled full-time graduate and professional students for the position of Associate Student Ombuds for the 2022-23 academic year. The term of the position will be June 13, 2022 through June 3, 2023 (start date can be negotiated based on availability).  

The Associate Student Ombuds is a part-time, hourly University position, appointed by the Office of the President to investigate student grievances when the existing channels of communication or dispute resolution have proven unsatisfactory. The Associate Student Ombuds works closely with the Student Ombuds in the Student Ombuds Office, on average, 10 hours each week at a rate of $20.00/hour. Office space for the position is provided in the Edelstone Center. Learn more about the Student Ombuds Office here.

The specific duties of the Associate Student Ombuds are—

  • to be available to students bringing forward problems, issues and complaints;
  • to determine the facts in each case; 
  • to refer complaints to the appropriate departments of the University; 
  • to suggest remedial steps in the settlement of a complaint; 
  • to work with the student and the appropriate administrator or faculty member in seeking a satisfactory resolution; 
  • and to call attention to any injustices and abuses of power or discretion. 

Along with the Student Ombuds, the Associate Student Ombuds is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the Student Ombuds Office  and its website, and meeting, as needed, with University administrators. General administrative support to the Office is provided by Campus and Student Life and the Office of the President.

Eligibility

Applicants must --  

  • Be a currently enrolled University of Chicago graduate, or professional student.
  • Be in full time academic residency during the term; students who will be studying abroad, on a leave of absence, or otherwise away from their program of study and/or the University’s Hyde Park campus for any extended period during the upcoming year are ineligible to apply.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University of Chicago (to be verified with the applicant’s dean of students).
  • Submit a completed Dean of Students Certification form
  • Complete an application and be available to participate in an interview.

Successful applicants will demonstrate maturity, excellent judgment, responsiveness, independence, fair-mindedness, impartiality, extensive knowledge of the University and its resources and strong writing skills.

Selection Process

The Office of the Dean of Students in the University will review applications. Finalists will be invited for an interview in May and offers will be extended before the end of the Spring Quarter.