Associate Ombudsperson, 2021-2022

Applications are being accepted from enrolled graduate and professional students for the position of Associate Student Ombudsperson for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Associate Ombudsperson is a part-time, hourly University position. In partnership with the Student Ombudsperson, the Associate Ombudsperson looks into student grievances when the existing channels of communication or dispute resolution have proven unsatisfactory. The Associate Ombudsperson works, on average, 10 hours each week. Compensation is $20/hour. Learn more about the Office of the Student Ombudsperson here.

The specific duties of the Associate Ombudsperson 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 Ombudperson, the Associate Ombudsperson is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the Office of the Student Ombudsperson and its website, and meeting, as needed, with University administrators. Opportunities for professional development are also available. 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 academic residency during the term; students who will be studying abroad, on a leave of absence, or otherwise away from their program of study for any extended period during the Autumn ’21, Winter ‘22 or Spring ’22 Quarters 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).
  • Have no fellowship or funding awards (including teaching, research, and on-campus employment responsibilities and/or external funding) that restrict them from holding 10 hours/week of employment in the Office of the Student Ombudsperson (to be verified with the applicant’s dean of students).
  • 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.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants should fill out the information below and submit a CV/résumé, letter of interest and the names of two references. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please direct any questions about this position to Michele Rasmussen, Dean of Students in the University at dos-university@uchicago.edu or to ombudsperson@uchicago.edu.

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