On behalf of our client Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) of Minnesota, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Vice President of Development and Donor Engagement!


Vice President of Development and Donor Engagement- Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota 

Most crucial community nonprofit institutions work hard to maintain operating funds so that they can effectively carry out their stated mission. While contributed funds flow in from a variety of avenues, one steady source in our community is through donor advised and endowed funds at the Catholic Community Foundation.

The Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) collects, grows and distributes funds on behalf of its individual and institutional donors. Their gifts and unrestricted dollars of The Legacy Fund sustain many of the programs that serve our communities. While all grantees are nonprofits whose missions align with Catholic social teaching, the Foundation serves many secular groups and organizations in addition to those with faith-based missions.

The CEO of CCF is  looking for candidates who might consider joining the team as the next Vice President of Development and Donor Engagement. It is an executive-level role and manages a team of development and marketing professionals responsible for: cultivating and stewarding relationships with existing individual donors and institutional partners, cultivating relationships with prospective donors and their professional advisers to establish new funds, and communicating and marketing the vision and value proposition of CCF to the wider community.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned professional with experience in fund development (major/planned gift solicitation), board/volunteer engagement and staff leadership and development.  Candidates may come from traditional nonprofit roles and/or financial services sales. CCF is looking for someone who understands the art and science of a strategic development program to continue on a successful history of asset development.  Candidates must be able to build authentic relationships and a donor service culture that reflects both donor intent and donors’ passion for mission and social values of the Catholic Church. A bachelor’s degree is required, while a master’s, law or business administration degree is preferred.


To view the full position profile, please click here.

For more information or to send your credentials, please email info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.




CohenTaylor is thrilled to announce that Adler Graduate School has welcomed Dr. Jeffrey Allen as it’s new President!

Adler Graduate School is thrilled to welcome Dr. Allen as its new President. Dr. Jeffery Allen is a creative leader with extensive background in higher education administration, program development, and leadership. Additionally, Dr. Allen has extensive background in nonprofit management and general business.

Jeff started his career as a social worker and program director. In 2002, he shifted from social work and program direction to higher education leadership. He has held a variety of roles, including faculty member, Dean, Campus Vice President, and College President.  Most recently, Dr. Allen has been consulting in the higher education and business community, with a role in Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

Dr. Allen has a PhD. in Education Policy and Administration.  His Doctoral thesis was titled, Human Service Theory in Action: An Applied Model for Community Services, Healthcare, Education, Corrections and Long-Term Care.  His academic career spans responsibilities in enrollment management, program development, accreditation, and faculty engagement.  Additionally, his work in the nonprofit sector provides experience with board governance and problem solving in organizations concerned with mission advancement.

Dr. Allen is curious and driven. He’s a continuous learner and active community volunteer board member. He began his new position at Adler Graduate School this past December.



On behalf of our client Bethel University CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is pleased to conduct a retained executive search for PROGRAM DIRECTOR, DOCTORATE of PHYSICAL THERAPY

Bethel University- Program Director, Doctorate of Physical Therapy

The Role

Bethel University seeks an innovative, experienced leader to serve as the founding Program Director of Bethel’s new Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. The Program Director will lead the design, development, launch and growth of a successful, high-quality Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. The Program Director must be knowledgeable about and responsible for program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, development, and participation in the accreditation process.

The Program Director will have responsibilities to:

  • Oversee and facilitate curriculum development.
  • Manage the lengthy accreditation process to ensure the program can launch as planned.  Participate in yearly accreditation requirements.
  • Identify, recruit, and assist in the hiring of potential candidates for program faculty.
  • Upon program launch, supervise and evaluate fulltime and part-time faculty.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this new role is a strategic, visionary and creative individual who possesses strong personal and professional integrity. Candidates will have the orientation of a builder and bring keen analytical skills, strong attention to detail, an ability to foster collaboration, and an unwavering commitment to the University’s mission and a strong Christian faith commitment

In addition, the successful candidate will: 

  • Bring an understanding of and/or experience with building a new degree program.
  • Familiarity with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and its processes, or experience with an accreditation process.
  • Possess strong team building skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make positive contribution to the development of a culturally diverse and interculturally competent teaching and learning community.
  • Be a storyteller that can become the eyes, ears, and voice of Bethel University as it builds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy program.
  • Provide management that reflects strong organization skills, problem solving and attention to detail.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Bring an appreciation for Bethel’s mission.
  • Be knowledgeable in adult learning theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate collegiality,
  • Demonstrate superior oral, interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Possess a clear understanding and active commitment and educational mission and evangelical Christian vision and mission of the university.

To view the full position profile, please click here. For information or to submit your credentials, please email info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.


On behalf of our client Belwin Conservancy, CohenTaylor is pleased to announce an executive search for their next Executive Director

Belwin Conservancy- Executive Director


The Belwin Conservancy is one of the largest remaining undeveloped tracks of land in the Twin Cities, and is located 15 miles from downtown St. Paul, just a mile from the St. Croix River.

Belwin’s property is incredibly diverse with woods, wetlands, remnant and restored tallgrass prairies, goat prairies, oak savannas, spring-fed streams, marshes, floating bogs, potholes, oak, and maple/basswood forest. Native plant communities found on Belwin property include dry sand-gravel prairie, oak forest, and three types of wetlands, including floodplain forest, seepage meadow, and rich fen. Five animal species and three plant species, considered rare by the Department of Natural Resources have been documented on Belwin property.

Belwin was first established in 1970 as a 225 acres outdoor education center for the St. Paul Public Schools under a unique partnership agreement. This program exists today in essentially the same partnership arrangement. Belwin manages the land and facilities while St. Paul Public Schools provides both the education staff and curriculum.

Belwin is entering an exciting new phase which involves desire to expand and strengthen its existing programs and partnerships, as well as develop new program offerings. This will involve building new support bases and models to fund this program expansion. The focus is on creating and managing uses on its land that both respect wildlife and natural process, and provide environmental learning and recreation to the community it serves, through partnerships and self-created program initiatives. A major initiative is an art and nature program seeking to bring environmental awareness to an audience primarily interested in art. This new initiative is making strides, and a general master plan has been created.

The new Executive Director will be responsible for managing existing programs, growing program offerings, and augmenting funding structures needed for this expansion. Belwin’s endowment and user fees currently cover over half its annual budget. To expand its programs, it will have to grow its fundraising capacity, for both annual and capital needs. While expansion is exciting, Belwin does not want to jeopardize its existing programs or land management.

The Ideal Candidate for Belwin Conservancy’s next leader should be a positive, collaborative leader that can focus on the present while keeping in mind the long-term vision of the organization. He or she should be as comfortable building relationships with large, institutional partners as they are giving a donor a tour of the grounds on a rainy, spring day.

To view the full position profile, please click here. For more information or to send your credentials, please email info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.


CohenTaylor is thrilled to see the ways in which our past client, Project for Pride in Living, is expanding its services and continuing the deepen its impact in the Twin Cities Community!

Read more about the organization’s exciting new plans in this Star Tribune Article:



CohenTaylor is proud to announce Pillsbury United Communities’ new President & CEO, Adair Mosley!


Click here to read more about Adair Mosley:



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 info@cohentaylor.com. 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 info@cohentaylor.com.

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 info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.