New Search – Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Council of Churches


On behalf of our client Minnesota Council of ChurchesCohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their Chief Executive Officer.

The Organization: The Minnesota Council of Churches (MCC) is a regional, state-level judicatory based council of Christian denominations. Providing significant leadership to the national ecumenical movement, MCC is comprised of twenty-five members, representing the regional governing and administrative bodies of mainline Protestant, Historic Black, Orthodox and Peace church judicatories. Through the Council, member denominations come to know more clearly God’s call to us and to our denominations to live out our faith in community.

The Mission: MCC is a nonprofit philanthropic organization whose mission is to support the ongoing work of the Minnesota Council of Churches. Through its prudent stewardship of memorials, outright contributions and planned gifts, the Foundation provides resources to sustain the Council’s mission across Minnesota.

The Role: The Chief Executive Officer of MCC is responsible to provide for the general oversight and implementation of the purpose of the Council as articulated in the Articles of Incorporation and as interpreted by the Board of Directors. The CEO will provide: Strategic Direction, Constituency Development, Governance, Program Oversight and Development, Staff Oversight and Human Resource Management, Financial Oversight, Facilities Management, Fund Development, Communications and Public Relations.

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


UPDATE: Program Officer, Arbor Philanthropy/Better Way Foundation this search has ben completed! Please follow CohenTaylor on our website and social media (FB, LinkedIn and Twitter) for current and upcoming opportunities!

On behalf of our client Arbor Philanthropy, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their Program Officer

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The Organization – Arbor Philanthropy, founded by Gerry and Hanky Rauenhorst, provides support to a network of five independent family foundations with a focus on lasting impact. The Program Officer role is designated to support the Better Way Foundation. A family foundation, rooted in catholic social values, Better Way Foundation invests in systemic, holistic and evidence-based approaches that support the positive development of all children.

The Role – The program officer’s primary responsibilities include working under the direction of senior program staff to support foundation initiatives through researching fields of board interest, identifying potential grantees, soliciting proposals, conducting due diligence, evaluating program effectiveness and project management related to these tasks. The successful candidate will bring specific expertise in the area of early childhood development (ECD). The foundation’s recently approved program strategy reflects a deep commitment to supporting the development and strengthening of comprehensive ECD systems, with particular interest in American Indian country and Tanzania, among other priorities.


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


This search has been Completed. Thank you for your interest. Please follow CohenTaylor on LinkedIn, FB and Twitter or current search announcements

On behalf of our client West Central Initiative, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is excited to be conducting a retained search for its President and CEO!

The Organization: West Central Initiative (WCI) serves as a regional community foundation that unites ideas and resources to help people and communities create a better tomorrow within the economically diverse and dramatically changing nine-county region in west central Minnesota. WCI helps strengthen communities through its leadership, early childhood and workforce development programs, and by providing planning assistance. It offers financing for business start-ups and expansion. And it encourages regional philanthropy through its component and endowment funds.

The Region: The 8,615-square mile nine-county region includes the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. WCI is based in Fergus Falls, which is an attractive rural community of 13,000, located near I-94 on the divide between the great prairie and the Minnesota lakes region. There are 82 incorporated municipalities in the region with one-third of its 225,000 residents residing in its five largest cities: Moorhead (39,091), Fergus Falls (13,295), Alexandria (13,045), Detroit Lakes (8,851) and Morris (5,382).

The Role: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President is responsible for leading, directing and managing the organization in a manner consistent with the mission and values of WCI and policies established by the Board. Major responsibilities include: Organizational Leadership, Oversight of Management and Operations, Governance (Board and Committee Operations); Regional Engagement; Research; and Philanthropy. Reporting to the President is a talented, professional, and hardworking 14-person staff.

Click here for the full position profile: West Central Initiative – President and CEO

To apply, please send your resume to

All inquiries will remain confidential


This Search has been completed. Please follow CohenTaylor on FB, LinkedIn and Twitter for current and upcoming search announcements.

On behalf of our client Finishing Trades Institute, Upper Midwest (FTI-UM), CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for FTI-UM’s next PRESIDENT!


The Organization: With a state of the art training center, FTI~UM specializes in complete training for Coatings Applicator Specialists, Commercial Painter and Wall Coverers, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, and Glassworkers. Students are afforded comprehensive curriculum and unequaled training, and are taught that acquiring vital, trade specific skills is necessary in securing and maintaining fair wages, health and pension benefits, and favorable working conditions.

The Mission: (FTI~UM) is dedicated to developing professional tradespeople, advancing their skills and certifying their qualifications for contractors in the Upper Midwest. FTI~UM learners include commercial and industrial painters, drywall finishers, glaziers, and glassworkers.

The Role: Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest, located in the Twin Cities suburb of Little Canada, MN, seeks a President. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President’s role has evolved and includes being on the team for the overall vision and management of all aspects of the Institute. In the truly innovative spirit of the organization’s leadership, the Institute is embarking on academic accreditation and building curriculum for an associate’s degree in addition to the technical training provided. This strategy builds a trade’s management pathway for those who wish to extend beyond traditional trades workers roles but wish to stay in the industry.

Click here for the full position profile: Finishing Trades Institute – President

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CohenTaylor is excited to announce a new search: Great Kids, Inc., Executive Director

On behalf of our client, Great Kids, Inc., CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for its Executive Director.


The Organization: Great Kids, Inc. (GKI) is a recognized, international leader in the field of home- based prevention programs for vulnerable families. It is a nonprofit organization specializing in the development of parenting intervention curricula, professional development for practitioners, and program consultation. It is a unique, entrepreneurial, fast-paced, revenue-generated organization utilizing a shared leadership model. GKI develops leading edge, evidence-based Parenting, Attachment, Child Development, and Family Enhancement curricula and the associated certification seminars and trainings for practitioners.

The Mission: GKI’s mission is to partner with programs to reduce family stress and grow essential parenting and life skills, thereby empowering parents to provide their children with a safe, loving home and the inner strengths to reach their highest developmental potential. GKI accomplishes this vision by developing and delivering training, curricula and other tools focused on building the competencies of parents and the professionals who work in programs serving parents and their pre-birth to age five children.

The Role: GKI seeks an Executive Director (ED) to lead this social entrepreneurial business and drive its mission. As a member of the Managing Directors Group, the ED provides strategic direction and leadership for the organization, develops and builds relationships with program partners, conducts outreach to current and prospective project partners and serves as the primary representative for promotion of its industry leading programs and curricula. Responsible for GKI’s financial and operational management, business negotiations, marketing, fiscal integrity, intellectual property oversite, and staff morale, the ED leads strategic alliance-building and promotion efforts to build and secure a sustained organizational financial base. Strong internal and external collaboration with staff, Board, clients and project partners is essential to develop and implement programs aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan. Through leadership, the ED fosters GKI’s mission-driven, strengths-based culture. “Growth Mindset” is fostered and practiced at all levels of the organization.


Click here for the full position profile: Great Kids, Inc. – Executive Director

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This search has been completed. Please follow us here and on FB, LinkedIn and Twitter for updated searches and opportunities.

On behalf of our client, Northwestern Health Sciences University, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for their Vice President of Marketing.

The Organization:  Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) is a progressive institution educating the next generation of health care professionals. Located in Bloomington, MN, a suburb of the thriving Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, the institution has been a fixture in the market since 1941.

The Mission: NWHSU prepares the next generation of health care professionals to deliver and advance health care.

The Role: NWHSU seeks a Vice President of Marketing (VPM), who will provide strategic and operational leadership in the areas of strategic marketing and communications. The VPM leads the marketing function across the University: Clinics and Patient Services across multiple sites, University Academic Programs across multiple degree programs, Continuing Education across disciplines and support for revenue generation in research and fund development. This position will set the vision and provide strategic leadership in all areas of marketing. The successful candidate will have direct responsibility for developing the marketing activities to support inquiry generation for enrollment, growth in patients and use of patient services in clinics, marketing of academic programs, and awareness and revenue growth for Centers of Innovation. This position is a working leader, who will serve as member of the senior leadership team and will have responsibility for building a team around these accountabilities.


Click here to view the full position profile: Northwestern Health Sciences University – Vice President of Marketing.

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New Search! West Central Initiative, President and CEO

CohenTaylor is proud to partner with West Central Initiative in the search for their President and CEO. More details including a full position profile will be available in early December.

Click here to view the WCI website.


New Search: Twin Cities R!SE – Director of Business Development

On behalf of our client, Twin Cities R!SE, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their Director of Business Development.

Mission: To transform lives out of poverty through meaningful employment.

Vision: A community of empowered individuals, especially men of color, who achieve long term job success to support their families.

The pathway out of poverty includes a job, yet for many people, multiple barriers can stand in the way of employment.

The Organization: Twin Cities R!SE (TCR) is an innovative poverty reduction organization that offers comprehensive work skills training for low-income adults in the Twin Cities area, assisting individuals in poverty on the path to long-term and stable employment. Work skills training prepares participants with the skills they’ll need on the job. Through internship opportunities, job search assistance, and employment placement services, TCR works with participants to find meaningful employment. Focused on long term results – with 81% of graduates staying at their jobs after one year – TCR’s 12-month job retention rates are nearly twice the national average.

The Role: Twin Cities R!SE seeks a Director of Business Development. The Director of Business Development is a new position that will oversee the marketing and sales of TCR employment services to employers in the greater Twin Cities market. Through this role, the Director will provide effective and inspiring leadership and organizational stewardship. Reporting to the President/CEO and serving as a member of the Leadership Team, the Director will develop and deliver a business plan focused on an expanded line of business. This plan considers the market opportunities, competitive landscape, customer requirements, and the portfolio of current and potential relationships needed to achieve revenue and profit margin targets. In this proactive manager-doer role, the Director oversees client engagement, generates ideas from clients, and engages with them on long-term, mutually rewarding partnerships.

Click here to view the full position profile: Position Profile TCR Director of Business Development

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New Search: President, Benilde-St. Margaret’s Catholic School

On behalf of our client Benilde-St. Margaret’s, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their PRESIDENT.

BSM Mission: Benilde-St. Margaret’s is a dynamic Catholic learning community which partners with parents/guardians to develop the student’s highest potential in mind, body, and spirit. We offer a challenging college preparatory curriculum and a uniquely caring experience that includes faith formation, academic rigor, social responsibility, and extensive extracurricular activities. We educate leaders for a global society.

The Organization: Located in St. Louis Park, MN with an enrollment of 1136 students in grades seven through twelve, Benilde St.-Margaret’s is a premier, co-educational, recognized leader in Catholic college preparatory education. Through a challenging curriculum and a uniquely caring experience that includes faith formation, academic rigor, social responsibility and extensive extracurricular activities, BSM prepares students to make a difference in an increasingly interconnected world. BSM provides an environment that enables students to acquire the skills and habits needed for lives that are balanced ethically, spiritually and physically.

The Role: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President is responsible for the overall vision and management of all aspects of the organization. The President works in concert with other executives and the Board of Directors to guide the work of the organization. The President focuses on representing and advocating for the mission of the organization and creating the strategic direction for the its growth and success, while ensuring adequate resources and supporting strategic management positions.

Click to view the full position profile: Position Profile BSM President

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


Panel Presentation – Succession Planning for Nonprofits

In case you missed it, below are the handouts from Don’s presentation last week at the seminar:
Succession Planning: For-profit thinking in the nonprofit world

Click here for the handouts: succession-planning-panel-9-27-2016

For a copy of the schedule and list of panelists, click here: 9-27-nonprofit-event