In developing its long-range strategic plan in 2003, the MASBO Board of Directors identified as one of its major goals the implementation of a program to mentor new members to MASBO. The MASBO Mentorship program was initiated in 2003 to fulfill that goal. The MASBO Officers and Board Members feel that it has a responsibility to provide a comprehensive program of assistance designed to enhance the effectiveness of new School Business Officials in the performance of their job responsibilities.
For Mentor Program Information:
Contact MASBO Vice President, Lorie Carey:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-225-3740 x132
Role of a Mentor
Mentors will provide individualized support, assistance and guidance to newcomers or individuals changing positions within the school business profession.
- Considered by peers to be knowledgeable in the field.
- Sets high standards for self.
- Enjoys and is enthusiastic about their field.
- Continues to update knowledge in the field.
- Active MASBO Members with at least five years experience in related field.
- Regularly attends MASBO meetings and workshops.
- Committed to be a mentor for at least one year.
- Positive Board & Administrative relationship.
Successful Mentor Traits
- Listens and communicates effectively with others and is able to provide constructive feedback.
- Recognizes excellence in others and encourages it.
- Commits to supporting and interacting with colleagues.
- Recognizes the needs of others and generally knows when to offer support, direct assistance or
- Exercise good judgment when making decisions concerning oneself and the welfare of others.
- Admits mistakes and learns from them.
- Enhance the professional development and success of colleagues who are new, need to develop
new levels of expertise, are making a career change, or wish to advance in the profession.
- Foster, convey and uphold the standards, norms and values of the school business profession and the
MASBO Code of Ethics, available at MASBO.com.
- Share knowledge, insights, materials, skill and experience with colleague.
- Offer support and empower the colleague to fulfill the profession's expectations.
- Commit to mentor relationship for at least one year.
- Commit to be available and accessible both in a structured and informal manner for the colleague,
with a minimum of two contacts per month.
- Define, with the colleague, which roles are most comfortable and natural: listener, supporter, advisor,
guide, counselor, role model, friend, nurturer or resource in the background.
- Rise above personal considerations, differences or desires when providing service to those who need
professional help or expertise.
- Direct the colleague to appropriate Resource Committee or other resources for answers to technical or
- Support rather than undermine, through work or action, the relationships between colleague and others in the
- Will be designated for each region.
- Will serve as an advisory member to the mentoring committee.
- Must meet mentor qualifications.
- Will identify new business officials in their region with help of regional director and county superintendents.
- Will notify new officials regarding availability of mentor program, send letter of invitation to participate in the
program and follow up with personal phone call.
- Will appoint mentor who agrees to serve with new officials desiring to participate in the program.
- Will periodically contact program participants for feedback on program structure, effectiveness of mentor
- Recruit new mentors.
- Provide initial training to mentors.
- Conduct follow up sessions periodically.
- Provide Mentor Handbook and other resources as needed.
- Evaluate the Mentor Program.
- Dedicate MASBO resources to maintaining Mentor Program.
- Review applications of potential mentors.