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Roles, Responsibilities and Expectations

Mentor

Mentoring is an active partnership between committed employees to foster professional growth and career development.   In order for the mentoring program to be successful, mentors and mentees must be active and committed participants.   In the event that participants are unable to fulfill the responsibilities of the mentoring relationship, the OPDIV program coordinator may be contacted for assistance.

The specific responsibilities of the mentors in the mentor/mentee relationship are to:

  1. Establish mentoring agreements that outline the terms of the relationship
  2. Communicate with mentees regularly, as established by the mentoring agreement
  3. Participate in orientation, training events, and additional mentoring activities
  4. Assist mentees to establish an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  5. Provide advice, coaching, and/or feedback to mentees on a regular basis
  6. Complete and submit progress reports to OPDIV coordinators
  7. Maintain confidentiality within mentoring relationships
  8. Guide the mentee to the completion of the program

Mentee

The most successful mentees are those who are motivated and feel empowered to plan and manage the direction of their professional life. They take responsibility for their development, learning, and professional growth. Further, they come to the mentor/mentee relationship open to coaching, feedback, and guidance from the mentor.

The specific responsibilities of the mentee in the mentor/mentee relationship are to:

  1. Initiate and communicate expectations regarding the mentoring relationship
  2. Establish the mentoring agreement that outlines the terms of the relationship
  3. Collaborate with the mentor to identify competency strengths and weaknesses
  4. Meet with the mentor on a regular basis (i.e., monthly) or as established by the mentoring agreement
  5. Participate as an active listener when receiving feedback
  6. Keep supervisor apprised of participation and progress in the Mentoring Program
  7. Establish an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  8. Participate in orientation, training events, and additional mentoring activities
  9. Maintain confidentiality within the mentoring relationship

Last revised: 12/18/2008



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