Monthly Archive: October 2015

Search Completed – Lifeworks – VP of Services

Update: This search was completed and the new VP of Services, Lisa Zaspel, placed in March 2016. Learn more about Lisa and Lifeworks!

On behalf of our client, Lifeworks, CohenTaylor is conducting a retained search for their Vice President of Services

Imagine an opportunity where you can be creative and collaborative, use your voice to influence industry and policy leaders, and employ strong business development skills — all to benefit people with disabilities and their families. Click here to view the full position profile: Position Profile – Lifeworks VP of Services

THE ORGANIZATION: Lifeworks mission is to serve our community and people with disabilities as we live and work together. Founded in 1965 by parents who wanted more options for the children with disabilities, Lifeworks is a Minnesota-based 501(c)3 that provides customized, person-centered services for adults with cognitive disabilities that help them live full and meaningful lives.

THE ROLE: Lifeworks administrative offices, located in Eagan, Minnesota, seeks a Vice President of Services to oversee the Fiscal and In-Home Services sector of the organization, with responsibility for $35-40M in revenue. This sector currently includes the following product and service lines: Consumer Directed Community Supports (CDCS), Personal Support, Consumer Supports Grants, and PCA Choice. This position will be responsible for maximizing the market share and financial performance for this diverse portfolio of services. This includes managing products and services from development through implementation and exit, defining the product or service vision, and working closely with stakeholders to create successful programs. This individual will serve as an expert for fiscal programs through contact with customers, industry experts, internal personnel, professional associations and government officials. This position reports directly to the CEO.

To apply, please send your resume to All inquiries will remain confidential.


Search Completed! College Possible – VP of Site Operations

Update: This search was completed and the new VP of Site Operations, Erin Carlin Campbell, was placed in February 2016. Read the press release about Erin joining the College Possible Executive Team!

On behalf of our client, College Possible, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for their VICE PRESIDENT of SITE OPERATIONS

To view the full position profile, please click here: Position Profile – VP Site Operations

THE SEARCH: As College Possible continues to grow, we are looking for our first Vice President of Site Operations.  This role will be part of the senior leadership team of College Possible and will supervise five Executive Directors across the United States and a Manager of Site Support. This position will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1999 as Admission Possible, College Possible is a growing non-profit dedicated to coaching low-income students to and through college, breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering our workforce. Our rigorously tested model earns top-of-field results that have helped 98 percent of students served earn admission to college. A 2011 Harvard University study found that the program more than doubles a student’s chance of enrolling in a four-year college. Overall, our students are 10 times more likely to earn a college degree than their low-income peers. College Possible has a budget of over $12 million, 75 full-time employees, and more than 160 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2014-15 school year, we will serve 18,000 students in 53 partner high schools and nearly 300 college campuses. Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible currently serves students in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Milwaukee, Portland, Omaha, Philadelphia, Chicago, and college campuses nationwide.

THE POSITION: reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Vice President, Site Operations will empower, manage, lead and support the current College Possible Executive Directors in Milwaukee, Omaha, Portland, Philadelphia and soon to be Chicago. Site supervision includes the functional areas of: revenue, service impact, development, management, and retention of coaches and staff, and site board development and relations.  In addition, the role manages the team of 3 professionals in the Twin Cities who provide support for the development function in the regional locations.

To apply, please send your resume to All inquiries will remain confidential.


Search Completed! Chief Development Officer – National Sports Center Foundation

Update: This search has been completed and the new CDO, Jill Griffiths, was placed in December 2015. Click here to learn more about Jill and the National Sports Center!

On behalf of our client, NATIONAL SPORTS CENTER FOUNDATION CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for their CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Interested in the opportunity to join a world-class, cutting edge sports organization?
Click to view the full position profile: Position Profile – NSCF Chief Development Officer

THE ORGANIZATION: The National Sports Center is the world’s largest amateur sports and meeting facility hosting over 4 million visitors annually – the most visited sports facility in Minnesota. The NSC campus operates over 100 unique programs and events in a variety of sports as well as hosting numerous national and international competitions annually.
The NSC has a dual mission:
To generate out of state economic impact through amateur sports events and programs.
To provide amateur sports opportunities to Minnesota residents

THE POSITION: The National Sports Center Foundation (NSCF) located in Blaine, Minnesota, seeks a Chief Development Officer to expand its existing sponsorship, advertising and non-profit foundation’s charitable program. The Chief Development Officer will report to the Executive Director and work with the executive team, staff and board members of the National Sports Center. This person should possess a proven track record of relationship building, leadership, strong administrative capabilities, a passion for amateur sports and youth development and the ability to build a world-class philanthropy program. S/he will be a seasoned philanthropy executive leader with demonstrated success in identification, solicitation and stewardship of donor and partner gifts. The Development Officer will understand sponsorship and advertising best practices and demonstrate the critical qualities of leadership necessary to motivate staff, organizational leadership, volunteers and board members to attain new levels of fundraising.

To apply, please send your resume to All inquiries will remain confidential.