What Is IOA?

The International Ombuds Association (IOA) is a member-led, professional association committed to supporting organizational ombuds worldwide. At the most fundamental level, an organizational ombuds is one who assists individuals and groups in managing conflicts and raising concerns in service of a highly effective and healthy organization. There are a number of different titles or names for this position: “ombudsman,” “ombudsperson,” “ombuds,” or “ombud” among others. There are different types of ombuds with different roles, functional responsibilities, and standards of practice including: organizational ombuds, classical ombuds, and advocate ombuds. IOA members are the heart and the heartbeat of our association. Membership is important to us, and we strive to foster meaningful member engagement throughout the association.

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Contribute your ideas and expertise to make a difference in the future of our profession! Whether you are interested in planning educational programming, advocating for the ombuds profession, or developing new resources and networking opportunities for ombuds, there's a spot for you.

Joining a committee or task force is also a great way to grow your professional network and gain leadership skills. 

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Discover the World of Ombudsing

Unlike many professions, the journey to becoming an organizational ombuds, ombudsperson, or ombudsman does not follow a clearly identified path. The global ombuds community is filled with professionals who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Most of the ombuds in the IOA network have a diverse range of academic credentials and professional experiences. Review the information below to learn more about the process of becoming an ombuds.

How to Become an Ombuds
How to Become a Member

Ombuds Training Opportunities

Take a moment to learn about all of our training opportunities. Whether you are an aspiring ombuds, experienced ombuds, or a non-ombuds looking to learn more about the field, network with peers, or start on ombuds office, we have information to help.

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Membership Information

For those looking to join please visit the link below. If you would like to renew your membership please visit the profile portal for more details

Membership Information
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