GBAS Mentoring Program

Next Application Period: April 2019

Do you want to learn how people in roles similar to yours accomplish their work? Do you want to connect with peers across the university? Do you like sharing ideas?

If so, join the GBAS Mentoring Cohort and expand your network and skill set with other campus professionals ("Campus Pros"). As part of the cohort, you will participate in a community of practice, build your network and connect with others doing similar work.

“Learning through people is central to the goals of the program.”

The backbone of the GBAS Mentoring Program is a series of events facilitated by the GBAS Training Manager. These include the kick-off meeting with all mentors and mentees, a mid-year check-in and a wrap-up celebration. Also included are two short Lunch and Learns, promising a lively discussion of reading materials selected for their relevance to higher education business administrators.

We recommend ONE activity per month* for one year (July – June). There are a variety of options to choose from, including:

  • One-on-One meeting between mentor and mentee
  • Meetings with a wide variety of campus professionals
  • Job shadowing another business administrator
  • Feedback session on a work-related project from your mentor or Campus Pro
  • Joint attendance of events or meetings

The GBAS Training Manager and GBAS Director will provide resources, guidelines and contacts so making these activities happen is easy for you!

*NOTE: Many mentoring pairs choose to meet more than once per month. Each mentor pair agrees on their schedule during the kick-off meeting.

Program Objectives

  • Explore and discuss your daily work challenges with a mentor from outside of your area
  • Meet Campus Pros for information-sharing opportunities and possible job shadowing
  • Learn about the challenges and solutions of other units on campus and share your own, to problem solve with new perspectives
  • Develop a campus wide and in-depth knowledge about the financial, human resources, sponsored programs and administrative operations at UF
  • Achieve professional growth and connect with new professional experiences
  • Network and attend events with a cohort of peers and mentors

How do I decide if this program is a good fit for me?

People who have benefited from the GBAS Mentoring Program had the desire to actively participate in their professional growth. Good mentees:

  • Are responsible for their learning and take on additional tasks to improve their professional growth
  • Are strong performers in their department or unit
  • Are willing to commit their time and effort to the program
  • Take constructive feedback and are open to self-reflection

What are the application requirements?

The successful applicant should:

  • Be an Exempt Employee
  • Be employed for a minimum of one year in the role of business administrator at UF
  • Completed either the Fiscal or HR/Payroll PRO3 Certification
  • Be nominated by your supervisor or have obtained the support of your supervisor

How do I apply?

  • Discuss with your supervisor
  • Complete the application from April 2 to April 30 (link)
  • Attach your resume to the application
  • Obtained a letter of support from your supervisor and attach it to your application
  • Attend a short interview with the GBAS Leadership team

When are the application materials due?

The last day to submit is April 30, 2018. All applications and corresponding documentation will be submitted through the on-line process including the letter of support from your immediate supervisor. Mentee selections will be made in June.

Questions?

Email the GBAS Training Manager, Gwynn Cadwallader.

Who should be a “Campus Pro” or Mentor?

A successful Campus Pro or mentor should:

  • Have experience in business administration at UF
  • Model excellent communication, leadership skills, and be respected by your peers
  • Be knowledgeable about the culture and expectations at the University of Florida
  • Be a connector, know people with whom to network
  • Be a positive problem solver
  • Have the time, willingness, and energy to invest in the process
  • Be accessible to the mentee

Interested in being a Campus Pro or Mentor?

All Mentors and Campus Pro should have at least 3 years at UF. Let us know the areas where you excel. Email gcadwallader@ufl.edu

  • List your areas of high accomplishment or expertise
  • Name 3 things that you feel passionate about and that could be of value to a mentee
  • Name something that you do exceptionally well
  • Are you willing to be a Mentor?
  • Are you willing to be a Campus Pro?