Arriving on the shores of the Banana Republic of South Florida (BRSF) in the mid-80s, one of my first priorities (right behind establishing a permanent suntan) was finding a job. As a non-profit executive, I poked around to see what the market had to offer, and what the competition was like.
It took me only a few months to conclude that I’d landed myself in a time warp. The profession was in sad shape, and, with very few exceptions, its practitioners’ skills were primitive. Worse yet, not only was there a dearth of opportunities, the market was pretty well insulated, protected closely by a cabal of incompetents who knew enough to shield themselves and their agencies from “outsiders” who might expose their weaknesses just by showing up.
I’m happy to report that things have improved considerably. But every so often I come across a reminder. This week it was an advertisement from which these excerpts are taken verbatim (I red-texted a few choice howlers):
This is a specialized Health Care foundation which will be a hands on mentoring position for a min. of 6 months that will included introduction with the team and show guidelines what is to be expected in this position…. The candidiate must have an understanding of the mission statement of the Executive Director and the Goals of the foundation. Must have a great understanding of the Misson and its unique and Unusual goals . Must know and be familiar with there readings. Must have a working knowledge of fundraising and verify the total results from fundraising with Hospitals and Health Care this would be a plus.
This Foundation has a small organization working with small but direct results in overhead. The candidate must be dedicated to the cause and measuring results for there funding. This foundation althought small does outsource most of there work. The candidate must have had experience with a min. experience in managing no less than 10 people at one time with goals in place.
Education 4 year degree or masters degree
Must have had experience in fund rasing for min. 3-5 years (Hospital health care or Pharmacuticals a plus)
Candidate must have had a history in raising funds three to five million per year per year with direct contact involvment in the process.
Candidate must be between the ages of 30-48 years of age only.
Pretty classy, innit? I especially like the last line, which proudly confesses the organization’s embrace of age discrimination in its hiring practices.
But here’s the best part: the ad appears to have been placed by a headhunting agency located in south Florida, with offices in several cities across the country. Presumably the whole nation has the opportunity to sample south Florida’s professionalism.
While I’m tempted to identify the culprit and provide the link, I won’t. Yet. But I might email them this post. Your views?