Sunday, August 29, 2010


Now this is what one might expect of an organization seeking grant writers to bring in funding to support and sustain programs.


While we understand that by using the technical title of "aide to the mayor" the jobs don't have to be posted and aren't subject to the normal civil service process, it would have been more transparent to go public with the search.

Unfortunately, it may have resulted in finding more qualified and experienced talent than Ms. McBride-Garnier or Ms. Lentz. Instead, we have to rely upon the Mayor's {questionable} judgment.

We at the stoop don't believe either would have made the cut if they were answering the advertisement above.  Check out their resumes here.

Why do we think they are the best choice for the city of Trenton?

And what of the potential conflict of interest between a member of the Mayor's staff and a relative that sits on City Council?

Trentonians should expect more bang for their buck and appointees earning $50K plus per year should have some demonstrable experience in bring money in via grant writing.


Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, generally, when one seeks out a grant writer, you usually want to see on a resume a dollar amount that the candidate has brought in to another organization. Neither one of them even has grant writing experience. The worst part is that grant writing as much relationship building and neither one of them appears to have it.

This is pathetic

Anonymous said...

But look at what a great job she did at the Mill Hill. You can barely get a seat at that place anymore, and the Basement is one of the greatest music venues on the East Coast!!!!

Don't tell me you don't have a Steal Card, hater! That's your key to insider discounts on "Food, Brews and Attitudes," and other stuff, I'm sure.

Anyway, how could this NOT make one singularly qualified for a career in grant writing. AAAAHAHAHAH!!!

Chrissy Ott said...

How can someone in her 20s have a three page, unpadded resume? Amazing.

Ethical issues aside: I know times are changing, but didn't grant writers of any organization also serve in another, official capacity? I know Trenton is hurting, and MAYBE there's a boatload of grant money out there to be acquired, thus keeping these new hires really, really busy. It seems to me that grant writing should be part of a bigger job description, and not a job title in and of itself.

Old Mill Hill said...

As we understand it, grant writing used to fall to various individuals within specific departments. It was a somewhat scattershot process with uneven results.

Several years ago an individual was brought in to coordinate and oversee the grant writing process with some success. That person moved on when the former Business Administrator moved on.

There are and have been individuals within various departments that have continued to successfully write grant applications. The police department, for one example, seems to have a competent and effective grant writer.

Anonymous said...

To answer Chrissy's question, only an 20-something with a narcissistic sense of entitlement and a profoundly bloated ego can have a three-page resume. Sound about right, Basement Bimbo?