Interested in joining our community of practitioners? Here are some options.


NVMS areas of training are: basic and advanced mediation, federal and workplace mediation, organizational development, facilitated dialogues, conflict management processes, divorce and intact family mediation, and senior decision-making and elder mediation.

NVMS trainers are highly qualified and experienced conflict resolution practitioners with advanced degrees in a variety of fields. They provide training both at our Fairfax City office as well as at client locations.

If you are interested in delivering training as an NVMS Instructor, here are a couple of things to consider:

The complete proposal packet must be submitted to by August 1 for inclusion in the following year’s training calendar.

Workshop content must include:

  • Theory
  • Activities/role plays/simulations
  • Additional resources

Workshop length can vary: half day, full day, two day, and three day.

Civil Mediation


Mediator Roster

The NVMS Civil Mediation Program is not currently accepting applications. Our annual application cycle is announced in November as a call to applications. Please check back for an updated announcement
Mediators may select multiple programs in their application. The details of each program is outlined below.
Once applications have been submitted, we will begin reviewing applications and reaching out selected applicants to complete a case study. These will be graded from an established rubric judging various areas of mediation practice such as process, style, expertise and awareness. At that point you will be notified if you have been accepted to begin the orientation process.

Preferred Qualifications
NVMS civil mediators are certified from the Virginia Supreme Court OES-DRS office with a current General District Court certification. We also practice the facilitative-style across our programs. The following criteria are preferred, but not required, for mediators joining the NVMS roster:

  • Available to regularly mediate at our Loudoun and Arlington courts.
  • Willing to commit at least two (2) dates per month at various courts and locations.
  • Bilingual ability in Spanish, Arabic, Korean or another language besides English.
  • Future interest in a larger organizational role such as mentoring.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as determined by roster needs and after which this site will be updated as closed until the November re-evaluation period.

Application Process:

Please click here for instructions to apply.

Family Mediation

NVMS is expanding its roster of Juvenile Domestic Relations and Circuit Court Family mediators for the Family Mediation Program.  We welcome applications from any interested and qualified individuals, and especially urge qualified male mediators to apply to ensure the availability of gender balanced co-mediation teams.

Mediators on the family roster are eligible to receive stipends as independent contractors and are not employees of NVMS.

Mediator Responsibilities:

  • Conduct family mediations in order to assist families in resolving disputes;
  • Prepare written agreements (Memorandum of Understanding);
  • Use a facilitative approach consistent with the standards of ethics and professional responsibility for certified mediators per the Supreme Court of Virginia;
  • Calculate, record, and collect the fees at the end of each mediation session;
  • Complete the session log for each mediation session;
  • Distribute and collect an evaluation form from each client upon completion of each mediation case, and deliver it to the program manager;
  • Coordinate the rescheduling of any mediation session; and
  • Act as a representative of NVMS and in the interests of the organization when working with NVMS clients and on NVMS projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Certification in Juvenile Domestic Relations and/or Circuit Court Family Mediation by the Supreme Court of Virginia; and
  • Training and experience using the facilitative mediation model.

Preferred Criteria:

  • Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable;
  • Completion of at least one (1) re-certification cycle in Juvenile Domestic Relations and/ or Circuit Court Family by the Supreme Court of Virginia;
  • Flexibility in scheduling for mediation cases (weekdays, evenings, and weekends);
  • Client-centered focus; and
  • Willingness to co-mediate with other NVMS mediators.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a copy of your mediator certificate(s) to Top candidates will be invited for an interview. All applicants will be notified of their status.

Restorative Justice

Our Restorative Justice roster is not currently accepting applications.