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The Mediation Center, a vital resource for resolving disputes as an alternative to litigation, seeks a visionary leader with a deep passion for interpersonal interaction, human relations and social justice. The Executive Director will build upon the Center’s solid reputation and history to advance the organization to new heights with a proactive approach and the necessary creativity to help it fulfill its vision of being recognized as the premier conflict resolution center and the leader in preventing and resolving conflict in the community.
Founded in 1983, the Mediation Center has been helping people, organizations, and businesses resolve conflict for more than 30 years. The Center’s mission is to provide and promote conflict prevention, management, resolution services and education for individuals, families, businesses and organizations in Dutchess County. It is carried out in a variety of ways by professionally trained volunteer and staff mediators as well as a dedicated board of directors.
The Center has developed a reputation for creating progressive programs that help people think more clearly and communicate more effectively, understand others and make decisions that improve their lives. Services are provided for disputes in the workplace, special education, agriculture, business, with child custody and visitation, elders and their caregivers, landlords and tenants, consumers and merchants, and with wills and estates, among others. In addition, the Mediation Center also directs two important programs: the Anti-Bullying Initiative launched in 2012 and the Coalition on Elder Abuse founded in 2009.
With a staff of 6, an active volunteer base, and an operating budget of approximately $400,000 the Mediation Center provides services to town, village and city courts as well as Dutchess County Family Court. Over 500 cases are referred for mediation and more than 3,000 people reached annually. In 2002, the Mediation Center adopted the transformative model for mediation, training, and education.
For additional information on the organization, please visit the website.