Monthly Archive: January 2016

Corporate Responsibility – Recruiting and Retention

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer a choice for Indian companies of a certain size: It’s a legal requirement. In April 2014, the hotly debated Companies Act forced approximately 3,000 organizations to form a CSR committee, and spend 2% of their average net profits over the past three years on social development and environmental projects. The initiative only affects Indian companies with a market cap over 5 billion INR (about $77 million USD), turnover above 10 billion INR (about $155 million USD), or annual profits greater than 50 million INR (about $770,000 USD).

In theory, the mandate has its appeal; it’s comforting to think that “too big to fail” is, at least in one country, also associated with “big enough to do their part.” In the highly competitive North American talent market, however, companies that champion social initiatives also improve their employer brand, and ultimately their ability to recruit employees. In the United States, where CSR is voluntary, determining a company’s true level of commitment remains a challenge for job seekers. While there is no universal measurement tool for social impact, pressure from job seekers has forced organizations to recognize the impact they have on the world, which may ultimately prove more effective than any government legislation.

“Everyone has a different definition, and its called different things at different companies, but it’s about more than philanthropy; it’s about how you operate as a corporate citizen,” said Karyn Margolis, the director of CSR and sustainability at Avon Products Inc. “It goes back to authenticity; it has to be about how the company operates, and philanthropy and social programs are an extension of that, but it’s much broader than giving away money.”

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Search Completed! – Executive Director

Update: This search was completed and the new Executive Director, Ann Ness, was place in March 2016. Read the story from the Pioneer Press!

On behalf of our client,, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

Click here for a full position profile: Position Profile – AdoptAClassroom – Executive Director

The Organization: is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports student success by empowering teachers with the funds they need to purchase classroom supplies. Research indicates that use of hands-on learning materials in the classroom has a direct and positive impact on student achievement and future success in school and in life. It is estimated that more than 15 million children don’t have the resources they need and that teachers spend more than $1 billion each year stocking their own classrooms, due to a lack of funding in schools. Teachers purchase nearly 75% of their classroom supplies out of their own pockets. Through their online model, makes it easy for donors to connect with classrooms in need.

More information about can be found on their website or blog, and on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

The Role:, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, seeks a dynamic and seasoned leader for their next Executive Director (ED). In support of the mission, this new leader will provide overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization, drive social media technology needs, and conduct outreach to current and prospective project partners, stakeholders and the community. The ED will have overall responsibility for the financial and operational management of the organization. In addition the ED will focus on collaboration with internal staff, Board of Directors and external partners to develop and implement cause marketing and innovative social media programs aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan. The ED will assume a leadership position in the promotion of at both a regional and national level to ensure a strong and sustained financial base. The ED manages a staff of five full-time and three part-time employees.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Possess leadership skills and industry credibility in the areas of education, nonprofit management, and/or corporate relations, ideally in the retail or related space.
  • Experience guiding an online business model or digital strategy is highly desired.
  • Have experience leading a social enterprise.
  • Bring experience partnering with sponsors, donors and stakeholders to create and steer the organization’s philanthropic strategy.
  • Bring demonstrated excellence in cultivating and maintaining relationships, including community organizations; local, state and national organizations; and other key community partners.
  • Experience guiding innovative program development. Strong understanding of technology is critical, including ecommerce, online marketing and social media.
  • Experience developing and maintaining a business model that produces exceptional mission impact and sustained financial health.
  • Have experience building and managing effective and collaborative teams, including professional development for staff, conflict resolution and personnel transition skills.
  • Bring experience and best practices building a diverse and inclusive workplace that draws on the strengths of all employees by cultivating diversity of thought to drive innovation and improve decision-making.
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree; a Master’s degree is preferred.

A full position profile is available at For more information, or to submit your resume, contact All inquiries will remain confidential.


Search Completed! Minnesota Public Radio – Director of Major and Planned Giving

Update: This search was completed and the candidate, Mark Abner, placed in May 2016. Learn more about supporting MPR!

On behalf of our client, Minnesota Public Radio, and parent company American Public Media Group, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their DIRECTOR of MAJOR and PLANNED GIVING

Click here for a full position profile: Position Profile – MPR – Director Major & Planned Giving

MPR Mission: To enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences, and assisting them in strengthening their communities.

The Organization: American Public Media Group (APMG) is the not-for-profit, parent organization of Minnesota Public Radio®, Marketplace®, American Public Media® and Southern California Public Radio™. APMG is the largest station-based public radio organization in America, combining multi-regional station operations, national programming creation and distribution as well as innovative digital, social and mobile services in one organization. 19 million listeners tune in weekly to APMG’s national programming and regional stations on nearly 1,000 radio stations nationwide. American Public Media (APM), the national production and distribution arm of the organization, is one of the largest in the world with a portfolio that includes A Prairie Home Companion®, BBC World Service, Marketplace®, and the leading classical music programming in the nation. Supported financially by contributions from individual donors, sponsors, philanthropic foundations and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), APMG’s regional operations include Minnesota Public Radio, a 45-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and Southern California Public Radio, a four-station network serving Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County and the Inland Empire. Launched in 2014, the Infinite Guest podcast network includes diverse offerings from best-selling authors to the best food, culture and comedy shows featured on public radio. APM’s lifestyle classical music stream,, packages classical music in an unconventional and innovative way with streams suited for life’s biggest moments and everyday situations.

Minnesota Public Radio® (MPR) has state-of-the-art headquarters in the heart of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota and is the largest owner and operator of public radio stations nationwide. Since its origins as a single classical music station in 1967 at KSJR in Collegeville, Minnesota, MPR has earned nearly 1,000 broadcasting and journalism awards, including seven George Foster Peabody Awards (dubbed the “Oscar of broadcasting”), six Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, a prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Gold Baton Award and a Grammy Award. Since 1967, MPR has informed, inspired and engaged citizens as a trusted convener, storyteller and sense-maker. Minnesotans look to MPR for fact-based, balanced journalism that provides vital context for infirmed decision-making, innovative arts and cultural programming, national and international content, and music that can’t be found anyplace else. Over nearly five decades, loyal supporters and listeners have helped build MPR into a state-wide treasure and national leader, now providing three award-winning regional services – MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current®. MPR meets all 27 of the Charities Review Council (CRC) Accountability Standards. More information about APMG and MPR can be found on their websites at and Connect and engage with MPR’s primary accounts on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and follow the Twitter hashtag #mprlife for insight into the work culture.

The Opportunity: Minnesota Public Radio’s workplace is as dynamic as its programming!  Diverse, creative and compelling, MPR taps into the life experiences of its employees for perspective and balance. In addition to using one’s talents in a creative, energetic workplace, the organization offers competitive pay and benefits, a culture that encourages learning and development, and opportunities for advancement. A career at Minnesota Public Radio is an opportunity to inspire – and to be inspired!

Minnesota Public Radio has a comprehensive membership and development program which generates $30+ million in total support and revenue annually from more than 132,000 donors/members. The greatest opportunity for revenue growth is in major, individual giving. While the membership program is well-established, major and planned giving are relatively new programs and the opportunity to enhance these programs is significant given the financial capacity and longevity of giving in the donor base. Today there is a unique opportunity to expedite the growth of these programs with the introduction of a $75 million campaign to fund the reinvention of public media for the 21st Century. For the appropriate candidate, this opportunity includes working with a team of experienced development and media professionals, building the major and planned giving programs, completing a successful major campaign and working in an exciting, fast- paced, rapidly changing public media environment.

The Role: Minnesota Public Radio seeks a Director of Major and Planned Giving. The Director of Major and Planned Giving is responsible for leading the major and planned gifts team of seven professionals, securing at least $3.7 million in gifts (annually) and co-managing the implementation of a $75 million capital and endowment campaign; of which $54 million is targeted to  come from individual donors. As a member of the Directors team and larger Development staff, this position reports to and works closely with the Senior Vice President for Development and with senior leadership of MPR and APMG to secure gifts from donors living inside and outside of Minnesota. The Director will work closely with the President/CEO and Senior Vice President for Development to build both visibility and a stronger relationship with the organization’s stakeholders.

The Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have eight or more years of demonstrated successful experience in all aspects of individual giving and capital campaign planning and execution. The candidate should be able to demonstrate prior success in securing six and seven-figure individual gifts. Additionally, five or more years of supervisory/management experience is required with the ability to inspire, coach and lead a diverse team. The candidate must have experience in planning, execution and control of significant sized campaigns—including both annual and capital fund efforts. S/he must have experience and ability to build relationships and work collaboratively across an organization, including engaging multiple types of stakeholders in donor cultivation and solicitation.

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