Mediator (Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program, Wallace Stegner Center)

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Environmental Dispute Resolution (EDR) Program is hiring a Mediator who will be responsible for supporting existing program activities and developing new projects. We seek someone with significant experience in conflict resolution and consensus building, as well as expertise in training and capacity building. This is a full-time position, but we are willing to discuss 0.5 FTE or 0.75 FTE appointments. This position is open until filled; we will begin reviewing applications on June 03, 2019. Applications must be submitted online.

The EDR Program was established in 2012 as part of the Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The Program promotes collaboration, mediation, and other dispute resolution processes as a means to address contemporary environmental and natural resource (ENR) conflicts, with particular focus on Utah and the Mountain West. The Program encompasses four general categories of activity: (1) academic instruction; (2) public education; (3) research and analysis; and (4) process design, facilitation and mediation services. More information about the EDR Program’s mission and activities is available on the program’s website – (

The EDR Program was originally funded through a generous seed grant from the Alternative Visions Fund. The Program is now partially supported by a Wallace Stegner Center endowment, but the Program’s leadership team is responsible for continued fundraising to maintain the Program.

Preference will be given to candidates who have the following:
• Juris Doctor or other pertinent graduate degree.
• Five years of professional experience serving as a neutral mediator or facilitator for projects involving complex legal / public policy / political issues.
• Experience with environmental law and policy, and awareness of natural resource issues in Utah and the Mountain West.
• High level of initiative, vision, and professionalism.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Track record of securing funding from diverse academic and non-academic sources preferred.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, while also being a team player who will work well with the EDR Program Director and Program Manager, Stegner Center and College of Law colleagues, other University staff, and external partners.
• Ability to coordinate activities with various entities in a large academic institution as well as with off-campus partners.
• Ability to thrive in a high-paced work environment.
• Competency with Microsoft Office Suite and online scheduling and contact management systems.