UCOP Mentorship Program

The UCOP Mentorship Program is a volunteer program that pairs experienced leaders and professionals across departments at the Office of the President with career, represented and contract staff who seek to develop themselves professionally.

The program provides a supportive structure in which participants can cultivate contacts, explore challenges and enhance effectiveness as they design their personal growth and career paths at the Office of the President. The program also provides the opportunity to gather information, develop peer support, learn more about management and better understand the organizational culture of the Office of the President.

Key program dates

  • Mentoring Networking events, Sept. 6 and 7, 2–3:30 p.m.
  • The 2017 Mentorship program will begin in October 2017.
  • Mentee applications due Aug. 14 (see below for details)
  • Mentor intent to participate due July 28 (see below for details)

Who can participate

  • Mentors are experienced managers and professionals in classifications Manager, Senior Professional (MSP) Grade 23 and above or Senior Management Group (SMG) at the Office of the President. Mentors are well-respected advisors who are willing to share their experiences and have at least 1-2 hours per month to devote to their mentee. Must be able to attend one of the mentoring networking events on either Sept. 6 or 7 from 2–3:30 p.m.
  • Mentees are Office of the President staff members (career, contract or represented) from all classifications, who have successfully passed their probationary status (for new employees), and submit their application by Aug. 14. The number of mentees will be limited to 30. Attendance at both the mentoring networking events on Sept. 6 and 7, 2–3:30 p.m., is critical.

How the program works

  1. Experienced UCOP leaders who are in the classifications MSP Grade 23 and above and Senior Management Group are invited to send an email of interest to become a mentor to Lance Page (lance.page@ucop.edu) by July 28.
  2. Mentees apply to participate in the program by Aug. 14. Supervisor signature is required. Consideration is given to including a broad range of individuals, representing multiple areas and departments. Mentees can only participate in the mentorship program one time.
  3. Once mentees are selected, a reception for mentors and mentees will be hosted in order for mentee–mentor matches to be initiated. Mentoring networking events are on Sept. 6 and 7 from 2–3:30 p.m.
  4. After the networking events and prior to identifying their mentor preferences, mentees are encouraged to contact potential mentors to set up informational interviews. After meeting, mentees will have the opportunity to submit their match preferences in ranked order. Matches will be made based on indicated preferences. Where not possible, potential matches will be discussed prior to finalizing a partnership.