MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For more than 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools. MENTOR has developed and supports a national network of local affiliates that provide regional, state and local leadership and infrastructure necessary to support the expansion of quality mentoring relationships. Together, we engage with the private, public and nonprofit sectors to ensure that all youth have the support they need through mentoring relationships to succeed at home, school and, ultimately, work.

MENTOR is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion for all.  We embrace our differences and celebrate our common humanity in advancing the need and transformative power of supportive relationships for our young people. We believe that varied perspectives, experiences, and opinions are central assets in our mission to close the mentoring gap. As we seek to build the most complementary team when it comes to skill, perspective, and experience; we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

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Training Director, MENTOR Colorado

MENTOR Colorado

MENTOR Colorado was founded in April 2014 by the passion and vision of a number of grassroots organizations implementing formalized mentoring programs. These organizations established the partnership to improve their ability to strengthen communities through mentoring. To amplify the impact of mentoring, MENTOR Colorado supports the growth and development of over 65 organizations throughout the state resulting in greater collaboration, more high-quality mentoring programs, better use of resources, and most importantly, more young people matched in quality mentoring relationships.


The Training Director will lead capacity building initiatives for a community of youth development and mentoring staff throughout the state. With an emphasis on quality programming the Training Director will work in collaboration with committees, mentoring agencies and content experts to development and implement capacity building plans, workshops, webinars, an annual conference, the quality mentoring system and one-to-one technical assistance support to individual mentoring programs. The Program Director will also support the AmeriCorps Program Manager with building the capacity of AmeriCorps Members in the Colorado Mentor Corps program.


Capacity Building Initiatives – (Approximately 20% Time)
Facilitate program quality throughout the state by working in collaboration with mentoring agencies, committees and content experts to:

  • Conduct a needs assessment and use the Quality Mentoring System to inform the annual plans, budget and objectives for capacity building initiatives
  • Set quarterly and annual metrics for capacity building initiatives
  • Identify innovations in capacity building to support all mentoring agencies throughout the state include rural and remote locations throughout Colorado
  • Identify, engage and support committees and content experts in capacity building initiatives
  • Facilitate a Colorado Mentoring Summit committee providing leadership support in the development and implementation of an annual conference
  • Work in collaboration with the AmeriCorps Program Manager to support the development and implementation of an orientation and ongoing capacity building activities for AmeriCorps
  • Participate in MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership meetings and events pertaining to capacity building, the National Resource Center and the Quality Mentoring System.
  • Identify community partnerships and content experts to amplify the reach and impact of capacity building initiatives
  • Develop and implement a continuous improvement plan that will evaluate and improve the relevancy, effectiveness and impact of capacity building initiatives

Individualized Technical Assistance – (Approximately 60% Time)
The Training Director will engage mentoring programs, provide individualized support, coordinate content expert involvement and evaluate the impact of providing expert level assistance to mentoring agencies in a variety of programmatic and organizational areas. This role will involve the:

  • Engagement of mentoring programs in the application for technical assistance support through the National Mentoring Resource Center
  • Assessment of mentoring agency needs to create technical assistance objectives
  • Facilitation of technical assistance or the identification of content experts to facilitate technical assistance for mentoring programs
  • Management of the technical assistance platform to ensure Mentor Colorado is accurately complying and documenting technical assistance requests
  • Evaluation of the technical assistance requests ensuring a positive result and meaningful impact was provided to mentoring programs
  • Identifying and disseminating best practices in capacity building support to Mentor Colorado content experts

Quality Mentoring System – (Approximately 20% Time)
Support the implementation and continuous improvement of a comprehensive system that assesses, improves and recognizes quality programming in mentoring. This will involve the:

  • Development and implementation of annual plans, targets and budgets associated with the Quality Mentoring System
  • Support the development of a guide and communication materials for the Quality Mentoring System
  • Selection of mentoring agencies for the Quality Mentoring System
  • Orientations for mentoring programs on the process for the Quality Mentoring System
  • Implementation and support of a:
    o Agency self-assessment
    o Review and verification process
    o Development of an innovation and improvement plan
    o Support in improving agencies alignment with evidence-informed practices
  • Development and implementation of an event that will recognize and celebrate organizations participating in the Quality Mentoring System

Skills Required

  • Exceptional understanding of mentoring, training, workshop facilitation, adult education, capacity building initiatives and not-for-profit organizations
  • Strong interpersonal, motivational, presentation, networking and communication skills (oral and written)
  • Proven understanding of mentor program design and implementation
  • Intermediate computer skills, using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook), internet and databases
  • Advanced ability to plan, implement and evaluate initiatives and activities within deadline/resource parameters
  • Concrete problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge/understanding of diversity
  • Strong organizational abilities and ability to adapt to change
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external staff
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task at an intermediate level with strong attention to detail
  • Pro-active and self-motivated

Education and Experience

  • Completed bachelor’s degree
  • Completed graduate degree or comparable experience
  • At least 5 years experience in mentoring, coaching, training, adult education and/or other related capacity building initiatives
  • Experience working in a non-profit organization
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people
  • Experience with program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation

Other requirements

  • Criminal reference check required
  • Independent transportation and ability to travel around Colorado
  • Strong desire to make a difference

How to apply

Please send a resume to Executive Director Brad Strong by November 24th at Apply Now

MENTOR Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees.