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This is a place for us to post current searches and position openings, client news, and our Perspective Blog.

Perspective is a place for community leaders and philanthropists to share best practices, identify priorities and common challenges, and also explore ideas for possible peer to peer collaboration. CohenTaylor is galvanizing thought leaders to help the community to think differently about how we create shared value for society as well as shareholders.

Have an idea to share, a position to fill, or would like to be added to our candidate database? Let us know at info@cohentaylor.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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On behalf of our client Pillsbury United Communities, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next President/CEO

 

President/CEO

Making actual and authentic change is more crucial than ever. However, in a society with interconnected systemic inequities, tackling these issues, and finding sustainable and effective solutions, presents considerable entrepreneurial opportunity. With the mantra “whole people in whole communities,” Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) dives right in, and is responsive to community needs. PUC tackles inequity and injustice from a multitude of angles: education, youth and family, wellness and nutrition, employment and training, and asset creation. PUC’s holistic approach involves an interconnected system of programs, 6 community centers, and social enterprise that connect over 55,000 individuals each year. If you’re drawn to the depth and breadth of PUC’s admirable approach, consider joining PUC as their next President/CEO. You could provide the innovative, visionary, and strategic leadership that PUC needs to continue affecting real change in communities it serves.

The President/CEO will wear a variety of hats in his/her role, and will be responsible for functions like leadership, fund development, operations, planning, management, and communications. S/he will be responsible for leading, directing and managing the organization in a manner consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the organization- doing so in a fiscally responsible and ethically sound manner.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced and visionary professional with a passion for creating choice, hearing voice, managing change, and building connection in the inner-city and beyond. The successful candidate will be a person of integrity, with proven leadership experience, exemplary business and/or nonprofit management skills, and a strong commitment and dedication to raising the visibility and impact of Pillsbury United Communities. Fundraising, building community relations and partnerships, and board development are all key components of this challenging role.

For more information or to send your credentials, please email katie@cohentaylor.com

All inquiries will remain confidential.

To view the full position profile, please click here: President/CEO Position Profile

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Check Out Theater Latté Da’s New Production of “Man of La Mancha”

Photo by Allen Weeks

CohenTaylor is currently conducting an executive search for Theater Latté Da’s next Managing Director.  The theater is opening its 20th season with the production of “Man of La Mancha.”

In his review in the Star Graydon Royce, muses, “In a crazy world, who is the sane human? Is he the one who tilts at windmills, creates his own heroes and dreams of impossibilities because only in fantasy is there the hope of a different world? This was the philosophy behind ‘Man of La Mancha,’ which might today be nothing more than a dusty old musical if not for the elusive nature of its truth and purpose.”

To read more, click the link:

http://www.startribune.com/theater-latt-xe9-da-opens-2017-18-season-with-nicely-realized-man-of-la-mancha/445753083/

 

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Ballmer Group Gives Unrestricted Gift of $20 Million to St. Paul-based Nonprofit College Possible!

 

 

CohenTaylor is thrilled that its previous client, College Possible, has received a $20 million dollar gift from Steve Ballmer’s organization, Ballmer Group. Ballmer, the Ex-CEO of Microsoft and owner of the L.A. Clippers founded the Ballmer Group to improve economic mobility for American children and families living in poverty. College Possible works to make college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.

 

To view the full article, use the following link:
http://www.startribune.com/former-microsoft-ceo-la-clippers-owner-donates-20-milion-to-mn-based-college-possible/445869863/

Pictured above: Steve Ballmer in July 2017 (Stephan Savoia- Associated Press File)

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As the second part of CohenTaylor’s series of executive searches for Director of Development positions at the UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS, today we’re announcing our search for the DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences 

Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers

bachelor’s degrees in over 85 major fields of study, and more than 45 graduate degree programs, including master’s, education specialist, juris doctor, and doctorate degrees.

Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are taught to think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. Students contribute nearly 45,000 hours a year to nonprofits, and more than half of all undergraduate students study abroad, expanding their perspectives inside and outside the classroom. The University is currently looking for a new Director of Development for their College of Arts and Sciences.

The Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) reports to the Associate Vice President of Development, in close cooperation with the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and is a member of the Institutional Advancement team. The Director of Development, CAS advances relationships between prospective donors and the College of Arts & Sciences, with the purpose of securing major gift commitments ($50,000 or more).  The Director of Development, CAS directs and coordinates fundraising efforts for CAS, and s/he manages institution-wide fundraising activities within the college. S/he works to identify and cultivate sources of funding, by planning and implementing short, medium, and long-term fundraising strategies and programs, to meet the current and future needs of CAS. This position is physically located within the College of Arts & Sciences. 

The Director of Development will be responsible for managing portfolios, cultivating and sustaining development partnerships, and managing data and reports. The ideal candidate will be supportive of the convictions and mission of the University of St. Thomas. S/he will also have proven experience representing an organization to various external stakeholders, as well as demonstrated experience planning and implementing strategies for moving donors from identification to solicitation, and ultimately, the proven ability to secure major gifts from individuals. Furthermore, s/he will have an orientation to being confident, diplomatic, and highly motivated- with the ability to influence without authority and achieve annual organizational growth goals.

Minimum of 5 years development experience, as well as knowledge of higher education and the liberal arts. Familiarity with the characteristics of a comprehensive university is a plus. Must be able to work with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

For more information, please inquire at info@cohentaylor.com

All inquiries will remain confidential.

To view the full position profile for the Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences, please click here

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CohenTaylor is excited to announce a series of executive searches for Director of Development positions at the UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS- starting with DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION RELATIONS!

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations 

Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers

bachelor’s degrees in over 85 major fields of study, and more than 45 graduate degree programs, including master’s, education specialist, juris doctor, and doctorate degrees.

Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are taught to think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. Students contribute nearly 45,000 hours a year to nonprofits, and more than half of all undergraduate students study abroad, expanding their perspectives inside and outside the classroom. The University is currently looking for a new Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding corporations and foundations, with the goal of aligning corporate and foundation interests with the strategic objectives and priorities of the University of St. Thomas.

The position is responsible for leading the planning and implementation of strategies and programs designed to maximize corporate and foundation (CFR) support.  The Director leads and coordinates teams around corporate and foundation prospects and donors.  The Director will work in full collaboration and cooperation with the Office of Sponsored Research. Departmental expectations include annual increases in gift production from corporations and foundations, and single unit and multi-unit proposals submitted. Expectations also include the achievement of a significant positive response ratio for those proposals given serious external consideration. This position works to build a dynamic culture of collaboration and coordination for CFR activities across the University.

The ideal candidate will be supportive of the convictions and mission of the University of St. Thomas. S/he will also have proven experience representing an organization to various external stakeholders, as well as successful experience stewarding, developing, and growing an organization’s corporate and foundation relations program. Furthermore, s/he will have an orientation to being confident, diplomatic, and highly motivated- with a proven collaborative leadership style.

For more information, please inquire at info@cohentaylor.com

All inquiries will remain confidential.

To view the full position profile, please click here.

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CohenTaylor is Pleased to Announce the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development’s new Long-Range Planning Director, Heather Worthington!

From 2010-2017, Heather Worthington led Ramsey County’s economic and community investment service team. Worthington has many years of experience with city planning, previously serving as Edina’s assistant city manager (2000-2010) and as Falcon Heights’ city administrator (2000-2006).

David Frank, director of economic policy and development for the City of Minneapolis, believes in Heather, and knows she is the right fit for the position. He raved, “She is very knowledgeable, has great experience, and is super smart. She has calm and clarity, which is combined with super high energy in a way that’s kind of hard to explain.” For her part, Worthington is enthusiastically preparing to assume this new role. She is fascinated by community planning through local city government bodies, and is excited by “the city’s commitment to racial equity.”

Today is Worthington’s first official day in her new position. Once she is integrated into the organization, her priority will be to update Minneapolis’ comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040.

 

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CohenTaylor is Thrilled to Introduce Minnesota Breck School’s New Chief Financial Officer: Ted Forbath!

Graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Ted Forbath has long had an aptitude for managing finances. From 1995-2001, Forbath worked for the Walt Disney Company in California, assuming Financial Analyst, Senior Financial Analyst, and Finance and Operations Manager roles during his tenure with the company.

Forbath’s career took a turn in 2001, when he began his position as Director of Finance and Administration at the Episcopal Housing Alliance, Los Angeles, CA. He stayed with the alliance until 2003. In this role, Forbath acted as the fiscal and administrative director of a $5 million economic development and social services agency with 25 major projects and contracts.

Forbath began working with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in 2003.  He’s served as both their Director of Finance (2003 – 2005) and their Chief Financial Officer (2006-present). In his most recent role with the Diocese, Forbath impressively acted as the financial and administrative leader of a 50,000-member diocese with 136 churches, 39 schools, 8,000 students, and 13 institutions across six Southern California counties from Los Angeles to the Arizona border.

Forbath will begin his CFO position at Breck School today, September 15th. Breck School is lucky to have him!

 

 

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On behalf of our client Theater Latté Da, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Managing Director!

 

Managing Director

Founded in 1998 by Peter Rothstein and Denise Prosek, Theater Latté Da has thrived on weaving tapestries of engaging, challenging, and often surprising narratives by placing an equal emphasis on music and storytelling. Theater Latté Da (or “TLD”) is entering its 20th season and is now the proud owner of the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. Latté Da has grown from a fledgling organization that staged cabarets into one of the leading theater companies in the Twin Cities. As TLD’s new Managing Director, you would have the opportunity to help advance the trajectory of this innovative and exciting theater.

Theater Latté Da’s Managing Director is responsible for establishing and executing on the organization’s strategic plan in cooperation with the Board of Directors and the Artistic Director.  The Managing Director will oversee all business aspects of the company with a primary focus on development and operations. The Managing Director will represent TLD to donors, media, patrons, and the community at large, in conjunction with the Artistic Director.  He/She will be able to clearly articulate the mission, vision, and strategy of the organization to all external constituents. He/she will be responsible for cultivation and development, board relations and governance process, operations, marketing, and financial management.

The ideal candidate will provide strategic leadership with a passion for the arts, specifically musical theater.  He/She will be able to speak and write persuasively about the value and importance of the arts, arts access, outreach, and the programs of Theater Latté Da.

A minimum of 5 years in a leadership or management role, as well as fundraising leadership, are required. A BFA/BA/BS, experience in a nonprofit environment, and demonstrated strategic leadership skills are preferred qualifications. Experience leading a theater or arts organization is a plus.

For more information, please inquire at info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.

For a full position profile, please click here: Final Position Profile – Theater Latte Da – Managing Director

 

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On behalf of our client True Friends, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next President & CEO!

 

 

True Friends is one of the largest non-profit outdoor recreational activity organizations of its kind in the United States, annually serving almost five thousand clients with physical and/or developmental disabilities. The work of True Friends encompasses innovative programs, including camp, respite, therapeutic horseback riding, travel and team building.

With camps near Maple Lake, Annandale, Eden Prairie and Bemidji, True Friends has been serving individuals in Minnesota, and throughout the United States, for five decades. True Friends is the result of two legacy providers coming together. Courage Center Camps and Friendship Ventures partnered together in November 2012 to create a new organization to serve people with disabilities. True Friends envisions a world where experiences and adventures are open to individuals of all abilities. Friends are good, True Friends are better.

Under the direction of the True Friends Operating Board of Directors, the President & CEO is responsible for establishing a strategic plan focused on stabilization and growth, while communicating and implementing the overall mission, vision and direction of the organization. The ideal candidate is a leader with the ability to guide an organization strategically, while building strong community relationships, shoring up existing organizational framework, and cultivating and maintaining partnerships with affiliated organizations and individuals.  Overall, this position is responsible for the management of the organization, which includes operations, finance, human resources, public relations, fundraising and long-range planning.

The ideal candidate will have 10 or more years of executive leadership experience in strategic planning, financial and personnel management.   A bachelor’s degree is required, a master’s degree is preferred.

For a full position profile, please click the link: Position Profile – True Friends

For more information on the position, please inquire at  katie@cohentaylor.com or lindsay@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.

For more information on True Friends, visit www.truefriends.org

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Today is National Nonprofit Day!

 

August 17 is National Nonprofit Day! The CohenTaylor Team would like to thank all our past and present clients for the consistent dedication, empathy, and enthusiasm they bring to the quality work they do. Nonprofits have a tangibly positive impact on communities, and we would like to express our gratitude to all nonprofits across the country. We acknowledge that your work is important, and not always easy. Let’s remember to celebrate nonprofit organizations every day.

 

 

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