Are you interested in becoming a mediator for the EPS?
Are you often sought out by colleagues, family or community members to help resolve disputes? Do you have experience with dispute resolution (formally or informally)? Are you able to see the whole picture rather than just one perspective? Not afraid of conflict and able to handle emotionally charged situations in a reasonably calm manner? Do you consider yourself flexible, but at the same time able to maintain structure and boundaries when necessary?
We need you!
We are now accepting applications for members interested in supporting the EPS by becoming mediators. We will provide extensive training on the RID EPS and upon completion of the training, you will be paired with a season mediator for mentoring. Support will be available to you until you are confident and capable of mediating alone or with a team.
Mediation is a collaborative problem-solving process that allows two parties, the complainant and the respondent, to discuss a shared conflict and mutually agree on a resolution. The goal of mediation is to create an environment wherein both parties can freely discuss the situation that led to the complaint and explore ways to resolve the conflict.
Qualifications for mediators include:
- Member of RID or NAD
- Required fluency in ASL and written English
- Be able to be open-minded, without bias, or prejudice and without prejudgment of issues in a given case while maintaining absolute impartiality and the appearance of impartiality
- Expert knowledge of the interpreting profession and the Deaf community
- Ability to work collaboratively and productively as a team
- Ability to write clearly and concisely in simple, comprehensible language
- Ability to represent RID and the EPS with tact and decorum and avoid engaging in actions or make statements which may constitute an actual, apparent, or potential conflict of interest with the mission and activities of the EPS
- Willingness to travel (the majority of mediations are held weekends)
- Preferred (but not required) experience in mediation
RID receives cases from a diverse group of people from a variety of different scenarios (VRS, Education, Government, Community etc.). This means we need mediators of diverse background, and experience. Please encourage anyone you know that fits the above criteria to apply. Thank you for supporting the EPS!
*Please note: This is a volunteer position within RID. Mediators are paid a small stipend upon completion of a mediation.*
Please follow the instructions on this application form below
If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org