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



CohenTaylor is pleased to announce ARRM’s new CEO, Sue Schettle!


Sue Schettle is starting an exciting new chapter of her career by joining ARRM as its new CEO. ARRM is a nonprofit association of more than 200 providers, businesses and advocates dedicated to leading the advancement of home and community-based services supporting people living with disabilities in their pursuit of meaningful lives. ARRM is lucky to have such a dedicated and talented CEO, with an impressive track record of success.

Warren Wolfe’s 2012 Star Tribune article, “Making Decisions for loved one’s final days,” highlights Schettle’s dedication to public service, often in the face of difficult odds. He explains, “Schettle has spent the past three years coordinating an ambitious campaign to help Minnesotans make better end-of-life medical choices.” He is referring to her tenure as CEO of the Twin Cities Medical Society, a role that she held for ten years.Twin Cities Medical Society is a membership organization representing physicians, medical students and residents who live or work in the 7-county metro area.

Schettle begins her new role at ARRM on today.


As the fourth 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, OPUS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Director of Development, Opus College of Business 

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 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.

After announcing our searches for the next Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences, and Director of Planned Giving, we’re excited to announce or next search: Director of Development, Opus College of Business.

The Opus College of Business, ranked as the #1 Part-Time MBA Program in Minnesota by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, is the only private accredited business school in the state. Offering undergraduate degrees that enroll 43% of St. Thomas’ undergraduate students; part-time, full-time and executive MBA programs; four specialized Masters programs; various graduate certificates; and the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, the College has prepared its more than 17,000 alumni to become leaders in the business community locally and beyond. Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the Opus College of Business develops effective, principled business leaders who think globally, act ethically and create enduring value for society.

The Director of Development, Opus College of Business (OCB) reports to the Associate Vice President of Development, in close cooperation with the Dean of the Opus College of Business, and is a member of the University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) division. The Director of Development, OCB advances relationships between prospective donors and the OCB for the purpose of securing major gift commitments ($50,000 or more).  The Director of Development, OCB directs and coordinates fundraising efforts for OCB and 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 (3 year) fundraising strategies and programs, to meet the current and future needs of OCB. This position is physically located within the OCB in Minneapolis, but will also frequently attend meetings on the St. Paul campus.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years development experience, knowledge of higher education and business and/or business schools, proven leadership ability and a highly collaborative leadership style, and demonstrated experience planning and implementing strategies for moving donors from identification to solicitation, and ultimately, the proven ability to secure major gifts from individuals.


For more information on the position, please inquire at info@cohentaylor.com

All inquiries will remain confidential.

To view the full position profile for the Director of Planned Giving, please click here.


Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Seeks Director of Institutional Advancement

Musical Instrument Museum- Director of Institutional Advancement 

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM is seeking an accomplished and high-energy leader for their Director of Institutional Advancement role, and they plan to present a highly competitive compensation package.

Reporting to the Executive Director, this key position is part of MIM’s senior leadership team and is responsible for representing MIM to the museum and cultural community, and for meeting ambitious contributed revenue goals through a comprehensive giving program of annual, major, institutional, and planned giving.

Key qualifications include:

  • Minimum 7-10 years in a fundraising capacity with proven success in meeting goals and motivating a talented team of fundraising professionals.
  • Undergraduate required; Master’s degree desirable; Additional certifications a plus
  • Demonstrated record of exceptional leadership and management of at least one capital campaign, including direct experience in obtaining outright gifts of $1 million or more

To learn more about this exciting position, please click here.

Filling this position is a priority for MIM. For consideration please follow the link below.
https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=themim&jobId=72064&lang=e n_US&source=CC3

*CohenTaylor is posting on behalf of MIM, but is not retained to complete this search.


CohenTaylor Team Members Attend YWCA Minneapolis’ 15th Annual “It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race”

Members of our team attended YWCA Minneapolis’ forum on race this past Tuesday. YWCA Minneapolis, our current client, hosts this forum because they believe that “the strength of our future depends on our ability to develop new skills around inclusion and equity, understand the realities of racism today and to commit ourselves to action.” The event brought over 1,000 community members of diverse backgrounds together- from high school students and nonprofit leaders to business-people and educators. While these participants came from a variety of areas, they shared a commitment to facing racial injustice head on, by having frank and truthful conversations about the nature of race relations in Minnesota and the United States. The panelists focused on their own experiences, while offering powerful insight into the structural and systemic origins of American racism that continue to fuel its visible, and insidious, presence in our state and wider society. They also issued a call to back up these discussions with action.

Thank you to YWCA Minneapolis for hosting these important conversations, and for drawing attendees from all across the Twin Cities! We were honored to attend, and we will hold these conversations close as we work to place culturally diverse and culturally competent folks at nonprofits.