Mentor: Directors with 5 years tenure are eligible to serve as a mentor. Individuals that have retired from a Director position within two years are also eligible.
Potential mentors are recruited by AMCHP. Minimum qualifications that mentors possess include:
- Willing to serve as a mentor
- Having the time to be available for a new director
- Serving 5 years as a Title V director or be within two years from having retired
- Interested directors must complete an application to initiate the process
- Personal and professional growth
- Satisfaction in contributing to someone’s professional development
- Expanding your professional network
- Share valuable knowledge gained from your experience
- Personal fulfillment through contributions to the New Director and the MCH Community
- Engage in a meaningful volunteer opportunity
Step 1: New and seasoned directors interested in participating as a Mentee or Mentor must complete the appropriate application.
Step 2: New Directors will then have access to applications from seasoned directors interested in volunteering as a Mentor. New Directors will select two to three individuals from the mentor pool.
- New Directors may select a Mentor based on the following, but not limited to:
- State system
- Population size
- Program services
- Emerging issues in their state
- Educational background
- Individual professional needs
- State issues/challenges
- Step 3: AMCHP staff will match the New Director with the Mentor based on the information submitted and preferences.
- Step 4: Mentoring pairs will discuss a Mentorship MOU and agree to its basic goals. (Documents will be provided by staff).
- Step 5: Mentoring relationship begins and New Directors complete the self-directed modules
- On-going: AMCHP staff will provide support as necessary.
Note: New directors may identify a mentor for themselves. If so, the person must complete an application process along with the New Director. Their information will not be included in the mentor pool. This is to assure that participants receive access to the information for the program.
Expectations of Mentors
The following are expectations of individuals that volunteer as Mentors.
During the 18 months of the program the Mentor will participate in:
- The NDMP Orientation (at the 2012 AMCHP Annual Conference) or call (date to be determined)
- Regular calls with the New Director/Mentee - call schedule to be determined by the Mentor and Mentee but monthly contact is strongly recommended
As a mentor, a Title V Director is agreeing to:
- Participate in quarterly webinars
- Participate in mentor orientation
- Provide volunteer support, information, coaching and guidance
- Provide in-person or phone mentoring to be determine by the mentor/new director pair
- Review each of the 12 modules associated with the NDMP
- Prepare for the program activities by reading materials sent in advance
- Participate in evaluation of the activities to improve the delivery of the program
- Engage with their Mentor on a regular schedule to be determined by the Mentor and Mentee (e.g., monthly)
- Recommendation - at least once per month by phone
- Request assistance or guidance from AMCHP staff as necessary
- Read Mentoring Guide: A Guide for Mentors from the Center for Health Leadership & Practice - to be provided by AMCHP staff
As a mentor, a Title V Director is expected to:
- Maintain confidence
- Listen actively
- Build trust
- Be supportive
- Give encouragement
- Promote individual growth and organizational change
- Be willing to learn new things, with and from the New Director
- Share your experiences and lessons learned as a Title V Director
- Identify a regular call time (or other agreed upon time frame) with an assigned New Director
- Devote the time necessary to participate in the NDMP activities
- Be an active contributor throughout the program
- Provide resources, potential contacts, etc.
Mentor Application Packet
A complete application packet for a Mentor consists of two items: 1) an application and 2) your resume or bio.
Please e-mail your application and your resume or bio (no more than two pages) to Jessica Teel at email@example.com by Friday, December 20, 2013. You will receive confirmation via e-mail that the materials were received by program staff.