Monthly Archive: September 2017

YWCA Minneapolis CFO Ramya Rauf to be honored at CFO of the Year Awards!

Eleven years ago, The Business Journal began it’s CFO of the Year awards to recognize exemplary financial leaders in the Twin Cities, and to publicly honor these often overlooked, but vital, leaders. They recognize CFOs from a variety of institutions, and this year, one of their honorees is Ramya Rauf of YWCA Minneapolis.

Ramya, a native of Sri Lanka, joined YWCA Minneapolis in 2015, and her position involves overseeing the finance and accounting departments, in addition to Information Technology and Risk Management.

We are thrilled for Ramya, and we are proud to be helping YWCA Minneapolis continue to strengthen their slate of accomplished and impressive leaders with our current search for the next Chief Development Officer.

To read the full article, click here: https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2017/09/21/2017-cfo-of-the-year-honorees-announced.html

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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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 a quick introduction to the dynamic and multi-talented team at UST, check out this fascinating history lesson on the Women’s Suffrage Movement from the College of Arts and Sciences’ new Dean, Yohuru Williams.

To view the video, click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQLbisRfs20

 

For more information on the postion, 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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