As the fifth 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, Dougherty Family College/School of Education

Director of Development, Dougherty Family College/School of Education 

Universities can stimulate the mind, benefit surrounding communities, and provide unforgettable and life-changing experiences to students of all ages—with a strong development team, even more so. In partnership with the University of St. Thomas, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a series of searches for Director of Development positions at the University of St. Thomas. When you join the University of St. Thomas’ Development and Alumni Relations team, you will be part of a best in class operation supporting a dynamic, growing global community of 10,000 mission-driven and enthusiastic students and faculty.

You will also become part of Minnesota’s largest private university, with campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rome, and students from 50 states and 63 countries. Your role will allow the University of St. Thomas’ fervent school spirit to thrive, and it will support the sustained success of 140 student organizations, 20 varsity sports teams, and 40 club sports. Through your work, the University of St. Thomas will continue to boast a global reach, and to send more than half of its undergraduate students to study outside of the country.

This is the perfect time to join this cosmopolitan and mission-driven institution, and to enhance its impact. The University is looking to procure a Director of Development for the Dougherty Family College and School of Education. The Dougherty Family College is the newest college of the University of St. Thomas, opening in the fall of 2017 on the downtown Minneapolis campus. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only one-third of adults attain a four-year college degree despite the benefits of increased employment and income. The Dougherty Family College exists to help change this, particularly for those from diverse and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The Dougherty Family College offers an associate degree designed to set you up for success, providing a smooth transition to a four-year college. This two-year college program is for promising students who want to obtain a four-year college degree and face financial, academic and social obstacles on the way to their goal.

Beginning in the 2018 academic year, the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling will be dissolved and the School of Education will be formed as a reimagined, free-standing unit. Concentrated in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the school has a rich history offering preparation for Minnesota’s teachers and education leaders with a spectrum of specialties including K-12 teacher licensure, special education licensure, leadership and administration, and advanced degrees.

The Director of Development, Dougherty Family College and School of Education, reports to the Associate Vice President of Development, in close cooperation with the Deans of the College and School, and is a member of the University Development and Alumni Relations team.  The Director of Development advances relationships between prospective donors and the Dougherty Family College and School of Education for the purpose of securing major gift commitments ($50,000 or more).  The Director of Development directs and coordinates fundraising efforts for the College and School and manages institution-wide fundraising activities within these units.  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 the Dougherty Family College and the School of Education. This position is physically located within one of the two units at the Minneapolis campus.

If you’re excited by the work and spirit of the University of St. Thomas, and are intrigued by the prospect of joining this dynamic development and alumni relations team, please reach out to All inquiries will remain confidential. To view the full position profile, please click here.



On behalf of our client Bemidji State University, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Executive Director of University Advancement


Executive Director of University Advancement

Named a top-tier Midwest university by U.S. News and World Report, Bemidji State University (BSU) has a local feel and a global reach, offering the best of both worlds. Located on a beautiful lakeside campus in the charming vacation town of Bemidji, students hail from 36 different states and 38 different countries. Integral to the town are its historical and present-day ties to the Ojibwe Tribe. In fact, BSU has its own American Indian Resource Center, which serves the campus and surrounding communities with outreach and educational programs. Intrigued by BSU’s tight-knit community and reputation for academic excellence? Consider joining the BSU family as the University’s next Executive Director of University Advancement.

The Executive Director will oversee and direct the engagement and development efforts of the Bemidji State University Alumni & Foundation.  These duties include: overseeing all fund-raising efforts, supervising and mentoring the professional staff, overseeing Human Resources policies and benefits, staffing the Alumni & Foundation board, and oversight of prospect research and donor management functions.  Together with the BSU President and Alumni & Foundation Board, the ED is responsible for developing and implementing the priorities and strategies for development and fund-raising as established by the Alumni & Foundation and the University.  As the lead development officer, the ED also carries a portfolio of major donor prospects.  Travel required will be approximately 25% (regional and national).  This position is located in Bemidji.

BSU is searching for a candidate with a strong belief in, and commitment to, the mission, vision, values, and goals of the University and the Alumni & Foundation. The University also seeks a leader with fundraising experience, strong written and verbal communications skills, strong interpersonal relationship skills, team leader abilities, and enthusiastic self-starter tendencies. Additionally, it is important that the candidate is able to establish effective working relationships with internal personnel and external constituents.

To view the full position profile, please click here

For more information or to send your credentials, please email

All inquiries will remain confidential.




Check out this Star Tribune article on our recently placed candidate, Rev. Curtiss DeYoung!

New CEO of Minnesota Council of Churches a true believer in reconciliation

Curtiss DeYoung’s unlikely track included Washington, D.C., South Africa and Chicago.




On behalf of our client CommonBond Communities, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Executive Vice President of Real Estate

CommonBond Communities

Executive Vice President of Real Estate

Are you energized by agile organizations that employ holistic and time-tested processes to inspire change? Are you looking to join an award-winning team that uses a multi-dimensional approach to disrupt the cycle of poverty? If so, CommonBond Communities could be the right fit for you.

CommonBond Communities (CommonBond) is a nonprofit organization that works continuously to demonstrate that quality affordable housing, combined with rigorous onsite resident support (Advantage Services), can transform lives and communities. CommonBond serves over 11,000 families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities in more than 6,000 affordable rental apartments and townhomes throughout 50 cities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

The organization is currently in search of its next Executive Vice President (EVP) of Real Estate. This role is a senior leadership position at CommonBond, and it offers a unique opportunity to direct all real estate activities at CommonBond, while helping shape the future of the organization. The EVP will join at an exciting time for CommonBond, which under the leadership of a dynamic President/CEO, is growing and diversifying its real estate activities to reduce dependence on government funding, and expand its capital resources to include mission investing sources.

CommonBond is looking for a compelling and visionary leader who will form powerful relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The organization is also looking for a strategic thinker who will promote sustainable growth and advancement. Strong and proven experience in finance, real estate development, asset or portfolio management, or real estate operations is preferred.

For a full position profile, please click here. For more information or to submit your credentials, please email All inquiries will remain confidential.



On behalf of our client Center for Energy and Environment, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Chief Operating Officer

Center for Energy and Environment

Chief Operating Officer

“We have to wake up to the fierce urgency of the now.”

This emphatic reflection on Climate Change from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim expresses the need for direct and pragmatic action. In an era in which conversations about clean energy, energy waste, and climate change are increasing politicized, the Center for Energy and Environment is committed to working towards practical, financially-viable energy efficiency solutions. These solutions are targeted towards everyday consumers, with the goal of benefiting our economy and the environment.

Organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CEE has an annual operating budget of $17M with 134 employees in two Twin Cities locations. Overall, CEE staff work to develop and manage innovative energy efficiency programs, provide loans to residents and small businesses, and conduct research on emerging energy technologies. A couple of key services offered include identifying practical solutions for preventing air leakage and energy loss, and testing home and commercial appliances for effective energy usage. CEE also examines consumer behavioral patterns, through its Human-Building Interaction (HBI) research, to understand how people interact with buildings to consume energy.

CEE fosters a culture of lifelong learning amongst its staff. The organization regularly holds “lunch-&-learns,” in which a conversation on a particular topic is facilitated by an in-house energy efficiency expert. CEE is currently in search of a Chief Operating Officer who will advance its knowledge-based culture based on continuous improvement. To fill this role, CEE seeks a friendly, approachable, responsive, and collaborative professional. Specifically, the organization hopes to find someone who has a strong sense of nonprofit management, strategic finance, HR, and IT. The ideal candidate is a problem-solver and ethical decision-maker, who will be informed by a combination of data, staff input, and sense of organizational history.

For more information or to send your credentials, please email Click here to view the full position profile. All inquiries will remain confidential.


On behalf of our client Make-A-Wish® Minnesota, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Director of Development

Director of Development

“It gave him hope that things will get better” -Parent of Kaleb, 7

Truly transformative organizations can be difficult to find, especially those that create life-changing experiences for kids and their families, often when they are at the lowest point in their lives.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation is famous for its commitment to creating impactful wishes for those who need an extra dose of hope – children with critical illnesses.  Make-A-Wish provides respite from the endless stress of tests, treatments and doctors.  It provides children across the country, and in many parts of the world, with hope for a better and healthier future.  In 1982, Minnesota formed its own chapter of Make-A-Wish, and it now grants a wish every 27 hours.  Serving every community in Minnesota, the organization relies on 650 active volunteers, as well as donors across the state, to make children’s dreams come true.

If the work of Make-A-Wish Minnesota moves and compels you, consider joining the organization as its next Director of Development.  The Director of Development leads the day-to-day fundraising activities of the Foundation, effectively achieving the mission of Make-A-Wish Minnesota, as well as the goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors.  In partnership with the CEO, the Director provides top level leadership to development efforts.  S/he oversees the design and execution of coordinated fundraising strategies that include established special events, but also focus on significantly increasing individual giving and new methods of corporate support.

Consider applying if you have experience with major and planned gifts, and are a results-oriented leader, with excellent communication skills, a commitment to teamwork, and a passion for developing others.

For the full position profile, please click here. For more information or to send your credentials, please email All inquiries will remain confidential.


CohenTaylor is proud to announce YWCA Minneapolis’ new Chief Development Officer, Kari Clark!

Founded in 1891, YWCA Minneapolis is a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world.  Its admirable and ambitious mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and girls, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Given YWCA Minneapolis’ energetic and no-holds-barred approach to justice and empowerment, as well its vibrant new leadership from Luz Maria Frias, the search for the next Chief Development Officer was a challenging, yet compelling, task. YWCA Minneapolis sought a seasoned and mission-driven development professional to help keep the organization moving forward. In partnership with CohenTaylor Executive Search services, they found a great fit for the role- Kari Clark.

With a breadth of development experiences, strong communication skills and a dedicated drive, Kari Clark is a mission-oriented leader who values justice, community and service. A strategic and creative leader, she has successfully engaged talent and optimized opportunity to propel growth and philanthropic results in various organizations throughout her career. Clark thrives on being part of an organization that bends the arch of history towards socio-economic justice.

Career highlights include her role as Director of Principal Gifts at Gustavus Adolphus College and her position at The Foundation for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota as Director of Development.

Clark earned her Bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, and she holds a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law.

Clark began her new position at YWCA Minneapolis, November 27th.


On behalf of our client Twin Cities Medical Society, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Chief Executive Officer!

Chief Executive Officer

The Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) is a physician only, member-driven and grassroots-focused organization. Its mission is to connect, represent, and engage physicians in improving the practice of medicine, policy development, and public health initiatives. TCMS strives to achieve equity in health and well-being in the Twin Cities, and to be the most effective advocate for public policy initiatives important to TCMS member physicians.

The Society works to accomplish its mission, in large part, by engaging physicians in local and national advocacy work around specific public health initiatives. Examples include its efforts to reduce tobacco use through the Physician Advocacy Network, and its initiative to ensure every person’s health care choices are clearly defined and honored, through Honoring Choices Minnesota. Beyond engaging physicians in advocacy work, TCMS strives to support the physical and mental well-being of its members. TCMS is prioritizing Physician Wellness in 2017-2018 by developing a program that supports physicians and medical students, as well as their family members, who are struggling with chemical addiction and mental health issues. Through both physician engagement and support, TCMS hopes to make the Twin Cities one of the best environments in the nation for physicians to live and practice.

TCMS is currently looking to fill their CEO position. This is the perfect time to assume leadership of this impressive community of 4,500 physicians. In this role, you will become part of a legacy of leaders that has allowed the power, passion, and knowledge of this physician community to be channeled into substantial advocacy work, public health initiatives, and overall health equity promotion in the Twin Cities.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Directs programs and activities of the Society to assure objectives are attained and the needs of the membership are met.
  • Executes strategies and policies approved by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee.
  • Serves as a stimulus for innovation and progress of the Society’s strategy and operations.
  • Develops strategies for alternative revenue generation beyond dues revenue such as grants, appropriations, and partnerships.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for preparation of the budget, and furnishes financial reports to the TCMS Executive Committee and Board of Directors on a regular basis.
  • Carries out such duties and responsibilities delegated by the Board President and Executive Committee.
  • Recognizes that his/her primary responsibility is in aiding and assisting the elected officers of the Society, so that their job responsibilities can be performed with maximum of effect and minimum of effort.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience: minimum of 5 years in a leadership or management role
  • Educational background: BA/BS required; Masters preferred
  • Strong and effective communicator, persuasive speaking and writing skills
  • Strong collaborator
  • Visionary
  • Experience in a membership-based organization a plus
  • Has experience working with physician leaders
  • Understands and is highly motivated and committed to health equity
  • Has agility across practices/clinics, hospitals, health plans and 3rd party payers


For more information, please inquire at All inquiries will remain confidential.

For a full position profile, please click here.


Check out this great profile on Minnesota Housing Partnership’s new leader, Anne Mavity!

“During these conversations, I was so moved by the optimism and perseverance of individuals that were facing so many challenges on a daily basis, just to find a place to sleep, basic shelter to stay warm and food to eat. Once you learn someone’s story, meet them as a person and not as a statistic, it takes this conversation beyond the numbers and into a deep understanding of the human costs of our inaction.”

CohenTaylor is proud to have recently placed Mavity is her new role at MHP. Click the link to learn about the experiences and vision that guide her work:



CohenTaylor is pleased to announce Missions Inc.’s new CEO, Jim Steinhagen

Already a seasoned and accomplished leader, Jim Steinheigen will continue to make strides in his new role as CEO of Missions Inc. Programs, a nonprofit social service organization working to make change possible for people whose lives have been disrupted by domestic violence, addiction and alcoholism, or illness and disability. The organization affects positive change through six programs located in Plymouth and St. Paul, MN. These programs provide safety, housing and support services to over 3,600 men, women and children each year.

Before his role at Missions Inc., Steinhagen was Vice President of the Betty Ford Center for three years. Prior to his time at the Betty Ford Center, Steinhagen was Vice President of Hazelden’s youth services in Plymouth, Minnesota. Steinhagen has over four decades of experience in the field of addiction treatment. Earlier in his career, he lived in Sweden for five years, working as a consultant, and supporting Minnesota Model treatment programs focused on target populations of youths, individuals with criminal histories, and mothers with children.

Steinhagen holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Master’s degree Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary’s University.

Jim Steinhagen begins his new role as CEO at Missions Inc. today.