2014 Acquisition Mentoring Program
Section 2: Program Purpose & Expectations
A Mentor-Mentee relationship is an effective method of helping inexperienced individuals develop and progress in their profession.
men•tor noun - a trusted counselor or guide
men•tee noun - a person who is advised, trained, or counseled by a mentor: protégé
HHS leadership recognizes that thirty-five percent of HHS GS-1102’s will soon be eligible for retirement (see HHS 2012 Acquisition Human Capital Plan). In an effort to retain institutional knowledge and simultaneously prepare future leaders for management positions in the GS-1102 series, the acquisition mentor program was created. This program encourages all Senior Executive, GS-14/15, to serve as mentors to mid-level employees. The end goal is to cultivate talent at all levels within HHS. The mentoring program is open to all HHS headquarters and STAFFDIV/OPDIV acquisition workforce employees.
Targeted objectives of the program are to:
- Increase employee engagement and job satisfaction;
- Expand cross-functional knowledge;
- Expand leadership, coaching and interpersonal skills; and
- Facilitate personal and professional development.
This program offers a flexible learning environment outside of a formal classroom setting. Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) bi-annual Acquisition Workforce Human Capital surveys have indicated that mentoring relationships are critical elements to forging an individual’s continued growth and professional development. In most cases Mentor-Mentee relationships will result in a reciprocal learning experience.
Participation in the mentor program does not guarantee a promotion or selection into a future position. Participants should not expect immediate results; it takes time to develop a mentoring relationship. Do not expect your mentor to give you a job; however, a mentor may prove to be a valuable resource for career advice.
Supervisors should encourage their employees to apply for the mentoring program as a professional development activity. Participants who successfully complete the program will earn 20 continuous learning points (CLPs) that may be applied towards Federal Acquisition Certifications (FAC).