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Sun, Nov 18, 2012

Conflict Resolution Job at MIT - a model job description?

I recently received a job alert from the Chronicle of Higher Education (you can set up key word searches) announcing an opening for the Assistant Director of Conflict Resolution at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). While this is only one university, and a unique one at that, I was pleased and impressed by the description of the duties for this position (see a clip below). It suggests to me, when coupled with the discussions we had this past year at the Association for Conflict Resolution on the state of dispute resolution in higher education, that the campus conflict resolution “ecology” is continuing to get more sophisticated and more educational in the approaches taken to working with and learning from conflict in higher education. The prevailing counter trend, a focus on risk management and conflict containment, pales in comparison in my mind. Hopefully, the Conflict Resolution field is also producing capable conflict-competent students who are prepared to fill these kinds of positions when they become available. 

Here’s a clip from the longer job description:

Reporting to the Director of the Office of Student Citizenship (OSC), the Assistant Director serves the mission of the OSC in assisting students to become active and reflective members of the MIT community and the world through education, outreach and direct service to undergraduate and graduate students on all matters pertaining to conflict management and resolution.  With a solid grasp of the developmental needs of emerging adults, the Assistant Director connects and engages with the diverse MIT student population to help them develop solid conflict management skills.  To that end, the Assistant Director will develop and conduct periodic assessments of the communitys needs for and views on a spectrum of conflict resolution methods, with an emphasis on conflict coaching and including mediation and restorative practices; develop conflict management and skill-building programs in response to these assessments; oversee the conflict resolution case management; develop and implement training programs; provide leadership in conflict resolution; and serve as primary resource concerning conflict resolution for students and student groups at the Institute.


Posted by: Bill Warters on 2012 11 18 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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