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The listed job posting(s) are examples of the type of postings found on the web sites listed on this page and are not meant to be a complete list of ADR job openings. These postings are updated frequently. Please search the sites below for jobs that fit your specific ADR career goals.
For the latest job openings, please contact the Langdon Fellow in Dispute Resolution.
Selected Web Sites with ADR Job Postings
Because ADR jobs can be found in several different employment areas and can be referred to using several different names, it is necessary to be persistent, patient, and creative when looking for these types of listings. The web sites below consistently have ADR related job postings, although the postings are not always found under words "mediator" or "mediation." Other helpful keywords include “conflict resolution,” “dispute resolution,” and “ombuds.” Also, positions of leadership in a human resources capacity are a possibility for those interested in ADR. If you would like to receive email notification when jobs are added to the web sites, you may want to try a free alert service such as ChangeDetection.com or WatchThatPage.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education has a searchable database of job openings on college campuses and other higher education institutions.
- CR Info maintains a list of other web sites with job listings as well as a list of individual job openings. This web site also has general career advice.
- Fresno Pacific University hosts a list of jobs in the mediation, peacebuilding, and restorative justice fields. You may sign up to receive an email when new jobs are posted. There is also a page devoted to careers in conflict resolution including links to other sites with job postings.
- HigherEdJobs.com also has a searchable database of job openings on college campuses and other higher education institutions.
- idealist.org's Career Center has a search feature for nonprofit job, internship, & fellowship opportunities. You can limit your search by area of focus, including Peace and Conflict Resolution. Email updates are also available.
- Mediate.com is a all-encompassing ADR blog and website that has job postings on it. The website recently won the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Lawyer as Problem Solver Award.
- National Association for Community Mediation's Jobs in the Field page lists job openings in conflict resolution, mediation and related fields.
- New York State Dispute Resolution Association has a list of ADR job openings located inside and outside of the state of New York.
- Opportunity Knocks is a searchable database of non-profit job postings. The advanced search can sort by organization type, location and more.
- Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution posts individual job openings and provides links to various Dispute Resolution Employment Resources
- USAJOBS is the official job site of the United States Federal Government and allows you to perform "keyword" job searches.
Many state courts have mediation and other ADR programs. If you are interested in this type of job, look specifically by the state, county, and/or court where you would like to work. We have included a list of some state courts who maintain ADR programs. This list is not exhaustive and does not necessarily represent courts with the highest need or greatest probability of having an opening. They are examples, however, of how and where courts list their job openings for ADR programs.
- County of San Mateo, California Human Resources Department
- Florida State Courts Court Employment
- Maryland Judiciary Job Announcements
Selected Listservs with ADR Job Postings
- Federal ADR Network: Directed by Deborah Laufer, this widely respected listserv regularly sends out ADR job postings. To join, e-mail Deborah Laufer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NYC-DR: A New York City based listserv run by Maria R. Volpe of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, this listserv posts job opportunities from around the country and the world. To join go to http://listserver.jjay.cuny.edu/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=NYC-DR&A=1
Selected Career Resources Available at Moritz Law Library
The following books offer advice about finding jobs in the dispute resolution field. The first two titles, which focus specifically on dispute resolution, have the Library of Congress subject heading mediation - vocational guidance.
- Zelizer, Craig, Skills, Networks & Knowledge: Developing a Career in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (Alliance for Conflict Transformation) 2005. Full Catalog Record
- Arron, Deborah, What Can You Do with a Law Degree? A Lawyer's Guide to Career Alternatives Inside, Outside, and Around the Law (DecisionBooks) 2004. Full Catalog Record
- Krivis, Jeffrey, How to Make Money as a Mediator (and Create Value for Everyone): 30 Top Mediators Share Secrets to Building a Successful Practice (Jossey-Bass) 2006.
- Lovenheim, Peter & Doskow, Emily, Becoming a Mediator: Your Guide to Career Opportunities (Nolo) 2004. Full Catalog Record
- Lovenheim, Peter, Becoming a Mediator: An Insider's Guide to Exploring Careers in Mediation (Jossey-Bass) 2002. Full Catalog Record
- Mosten, Forrest S., Mediation Career Guide: A Strategic Approach to Building a Successful Practice(Jossey-Bass) 2001. Full Catalog Record
- The Non-Traditional Legal Careers Report. Full Catalog Record (Also available online, Moritz Law students may see a reference librarian for password.)
- Binding Private Arbitration (BPAP) Directory of Registered Arbitrators (West Hartford Connecticut: BPAP) – Reference Stacks KF 9085 B56
- Martindale-Hubbell International Dispute Resolution Directory (New Providence, N.J.: Martindale-Hubbell 2007) – Reference Stacks K 2390 M2 2007
Selected ADR Professional Associations and Conferences
Explore the web sites of dispute resolution organizations to find out about their membership benefits, which may include access to listservs where job openings and internships are posted. Some organizations offer student memberships.
Dispute resolution organizations hold meetings and conferences, and provide training sessions, all of which provide excellent opportunities to network and to volunteer for leadership positions in these organizations. If you are interested in finding dispute resolution work in a particular geographic area, find the names of local dispute resolution organizations.
- American Bar Association's Section of Dispute Resolution
- Association for Conflict Resolution
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
- National Association for Community Mediation
- Victim Offender Mediation Association