Joining the Mediator Roster for Civil Programs

Mediator Roster Opening Announcement

The NVMS Civil Mediation Program is now accepting applications for the following programs:
  • General District Court (Active & Auxiliary Rosters)
  • Workplace
  • Commercial
  • Neighborhood
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.
The deadline for applications is November 30th, 2018.

For Family Program-related mediation or trainer opportunities please check this page.

 

Application Process

Please fill out the below application and submit to dbates@nvms.us with subject line “ATT: CIVIL MEDIATOR ROSTER APPLICATION”. The Community Programs Manager will announce openings on the roster for specific programs via the NVMS listserv and here on the website. Openings are typically announced during the annual roster review on the VA Supreme Court schedule of October-November certification months or if a roster member unexpectedly drops. There will be an application deadline at which point NVMS will review the applications and follows up with selected applicants for orientation and on-boarding to the roster.*

*NVMS may request an interview before that point to clarify the applicants experience/qualifications. NVMS will also try to notify applicants of their application status although based on the volume of submissions we may not be able to notify all parties.

NVMS Roster Mediator Application

 

 

 

 

On-boarding Process>

Orientation Session
Upon acceptance to the program mediators will have a one-on-one session with the program manager for orientation to the roster. Mediators will then have access to scheduling for court mediation dates.

Probationary Period

Mediators start off on a 6-month probationary period in which they must complete 3 pro bono co-mediations with a fellow roster mediator. At the end of the 6-month probationary period the programs manager will review the mediator’s performance from practice to professionalism and either continue the probationary period for final remediation in specific areas or promote them to full roster status mediators.

Roster of Mediators

NVMS currently has approximately 50 mediators on their court roster. Each mediator is certified with the VA Supreme Court and is under contractual obligation with NVMS via affiliation agreements. Mediators must use the facilitative style and have a range of experience from recently certified to decades in the field. They also come from a variety of backgrounds such as human resources, law, counseling, business, government, etc.

Programs Description

Court Mediation
This program is coordinated as contracts with the Virginia Supreme Court’s Office of Executive Secretary- Dispute Resolution Service’s office. We serve four primary courts in the surrounding jurisdictions of Loudoun County, City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, and Arlington County. Mediation’s are done at the General District Court level including Small Claims Court with options for circuit court referrals for case-by-case basis of mediators. This is our largest program and ranges from consumer/merchant, contract/debt, landlord/tenant, criminal/restorative justice, employment, neighborhood, animals/pets, among other types of cases.

Cases are managed and coordinated by NVMS based on the docket of the courts and referred out by the voluntary consent of the parties. Mediators request available court dates ahead of each month which depend on the specific court and volume of cases.

1. Active Roster*
Active Description

2. Auxiliary Roster
Auxiliary Description

*mediators on this roster receive a 25% discount on NVMS training as well.

 

Neighborhood Mediation
This program is an intake and referral-based program that serves neighborhood disputes. This ranges from police, HOA, county government or self-referred cases for neighbors that could include noise disputes, domestic incidents, landlord/tenant, zoning issues, community conflict, etc. This is a pro bono program that operates as a community service.

Cases are managed and scheduled by NVMS based on the circumstances and availability of the parties. Mediation’s are typically held at our Fairfax office and scheduled at least 1 to 2 weeks in advance. Mediation’s are typically scheduled during weekday evenings although they can be scheduled during the day or on Saturday’s.

 

Commercial Mediation
This program is an intake and referral-based program that services commercial disputes. This ranges from small-to-medium businesses, corporations, private individuals or general commercial matters that could include contract/debt, consumer/merchant, ownership disputes, severance, mergers & acquisition, industry-specific deals, etc.

Cases are managed and scheduled by NVMS based on the circumstances and availability of the parties. Mediation’s are typically held at our Fairfax office and scheduled at least 1 to 2 weeks in advance. Mediation’s are typically scheduled during weekday evenings although they can be scheduled during the day or on Saturday’s.

 

Workplace Mediation
This program is an intake and referral-based program that services workplace disputes. This ranges from federal agencies, human resource departments, labor relations or self-referred employment cases that could include Equal Employment Opportunity, performance issues, diversity and inclusion, harassment, termination, team collaboration, management, discipline, etc.

Cases are managed and scheduled by NVMS based on the circumstances and availability of the parties. Mediation’s are typically held on-site of the organization during working hours and scheduled at least 1 to 2 weeks in advance.