New Director Mentor Initiative

March 12–14, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Head Start directors who have been in their positions for less than three years can apply now for the PMFO-UCLA New Director Mentor Initiative (NDMI). Directors will have a unique chance to expand their knowledge and practice through a one-year mentor-mentee relationship with an effective and experienced Head Start director.

The NDMI Process

Mentors and mentees will also participate in a reflective, interactive three-day intensive Leadership and Management Training Institute at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Travel and per diem will be provided. In addition to pre- and post-Institute online learning opportunities, mentor-mentee partners will be able to take advantage of periodic one-on-one interactive skill-building sessions.

NDMI benefits directors who seek professional and personal development, individualized learning opportunities, and expanded networks. Past NDMI participants have reported enhanced performance and career development, overall career satisfaction, and greater self-esteem at work.

Topics for the Initiative

As a result of the PMFO-UCLA mentor-mentee relationship, new Head Start directors will:

  • Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Increase ability to plan, lead, and control effective delivery of comprehensive services
  • Make Decisions Based on Data to Plan Program Operations: Allow for critical thinking and mission-driven planning
  • Stay Open: Remain curious, ask questions, defer judgment, and seek out diverse perspectives
  • Engage and Inspire: Listen well, build teams, create allies, develop talent, and offer your best
  • Learn and Grow: Reflect often, share insights, push boundaries, and raise the bar continuously

Target Audience

This initiative will benefit Head Start directors who have been in their positions for three years or less.

How to Apply

Selected participants will be announced on Jan. 11, 2019.


To learn more, contact Jeanette Boom at

NDMI is offered by the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO), in partnership with UCLA’s Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

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