Mentoring Program for Classified Staff
The purpose of the Classified Staff Mentoring Program is to facilitate the welcome and transition to the St. Vrain Valley School District community for new employees and to assist each employee in his or her professional growth. The goals of the program include:
· Contributing to new or transitioning employees’ morale and sense of support and assistance in learning their new roles and responsibilities through open, timely and personal communication with a trained, classified staff mentor.
· Encouraging rapid development of confidence and competence of new employees.
· Promoting increased job satisfaction through increased knowledge and skill.
· Supporting employees as valued professional members of the organization.
Mentors are intended to serve as a “welcome” for new classified employees:
· to provide helpful information about the school district, their department or building and about the general practices and procedures common to most positions in the District;
· to be a “point of contact” for questions and guidance;
· to foster a secure and comfortable feeling for new employees; and
· to enrich and strengthen the District climate through successful employment and retention of new or transitioning employees.
The mentoring relationship reflects the agreement between two people to share their experiences and expertise and to help with their professional growth. Mentors, matched with new classified employees, as often as possible, have similar roles and responsibilities or have had similar job experiences in the District in the past. Once the mentor/mentee or new hire pairs are identified, the mentor sets up an introductory meeting. During that meeting, they discuss their roles and relationship and contract for and schedule additional regular meetings including dates and times.
It is anticipated that the relationship will require more frequent meetings from its beginning through the six month period and then may taper off to become a professional relationship with meetings, phone calls and requests for assistance on an as-needed basis.
Qualifications for mentors include competence and knowledge in the area of expertise and at least 2 school years in the current position. Mentor training through the Office of Professional Development is also recommended.
Mentors will be expected to meet with their inductees for 10 hours through the school year. It is recommended that initial meetings be scheduled for 2-3 times per month or more if needed. The mentor will provide assistance in prioritizing and scheduling department skill block training as needed by the mentee based on needs identified on a skill block checklist during the first mentor/mentee meeting. Additional skill block training may be added as the expectations of the job and the needs of the inductee become more apparent. The mentor will assist in explaining building, department and/or district processes and procedures, provide guidance about professional expectations for behavior and performance and anticipate and provide timely information about annual events, deadlines and requirements throughout the mentor/mentee relationship.