Search Completed! The Blake School – Director of Finance

Update: This search has been completed and Raj Mallawaaratchy joined the staff at Blake in November, 2016!

On behalf of our client, The Blake School, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their Director of Finance.

Mission: The Blake School provides students with an excellent, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to a common set of values. Students are expected to participate in an integrated program of academic, artistic and athletic activities in preparation for college, lifelong learning, community service and lives as responsible world citizens.

The Organization: Located in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, but maintaining a national academic reputation, The Blake School is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational day school for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of three campuses each with its own facilities designed for specific ages, schedules and activities. Students are from almost 50 communities around the Twin Cities, defining Blake as a truly metropolitan school. Blake students aren’t just book-smart, they are also imaginative, analytical, and empathetic. They excel as artists, athletes, and performers. They think, solve problems, and create. Students graduate from Blake prepared to make our world better – and more interesting.

The Role: The Blake School Director of Finance is responsible for the management and support of the School’s financial activities, systems and processes to achieve planned financial results and to safeguard its assets.  Qualified candidates will have experience in the development and maintenance of effective policies and procedures that support internal controls, mitigate risk and ensure the accuracy of financial records. Job duties include the management of accounting, financial planning and analysis activities and the annual audit, as well as ensuring compliance with all state, federal and local tax filings, including the annual 990. The Director of Finance will also coordinate with the Institutional Advancement office to ensure that all gifts and pledges are properly recorded and expenditures are consistent with donor intent. With a staff consisting of an Assistant Controller, Staff Accountant (reports to Assist. Controller), Accounts Receivable Coordinator and Accounts Payable, the successful candidate will have proven experience in effectively leading a team through mentoring, training, and goal setting. This position works closely with the CFOO, School administration and Board of Trustees to help Blake deliver on its mission.

Click here for a full position profile: Position Profile -The Blake School – Director of Finance

For more information, please inquire at info@cohentaylor.comAll inquiries will remain confidential.


Search Completed! Macalester College – Executive Director of Alumni Engagement

Update: This search has been completed and Katie Ladas will be joining the team at Macalester later this winter!

On behalf of our client, Macalester College, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their Executive Director of Alumni Engagement.

The Mission: Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

Core Values: Multiculturalism, internationalism, academic excellence, and service to society are the core values of Macalester College.

The Role: Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, seeks an Executive Director (ED) of Alumni Engagement. The ED is responsible for establishing strategic direction, providing organizational leadership and overseeing alumni programming and engagement. The ED will work with Advancement colleagues, faculty, and various departments of the College using strategies that increase alumni engagement and build pride and loyalty in the affiliation with the College. This role will focus on strategic volunteerism as a means of engaging alumni in the campus community—with both regional and local alumni. Leading a team of five, the ED will be responsible for bringing a forward-thinking and innovative approach to developing new, and building on existing, high-value relationships to deliver deeper involvement and cultivate philanthropic relationships with the college. This role will serve as a member of the senior leadership team in Advancement.

Click here for a full position profile: Position Profile (national) – Macalester College – ED of Alumni Engagement

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


Introducing Our New Space – Highlight Center, 807 Broadway

Our team has been busy settling into our new space in the Highlight Center, at 807 Broadway Street NE. You may recognize this building, as the former Minneapolis Public Schools District Office. After weeks of design, construction, and decor, we are so excited to share the space with you!IMG_9031


When you walk into Suite 220, you’ll be greeted by Colee at our front desk. Grab a business card to stay in touch or a candy to chew on while you wait.

On your left, there are two small meeting rooms, each featuring a white board wall, a projection wall,  a meeting table, beautiful artwork, and some reading material. These spaces are great for interviews, private phone calls, and small group huddles.



Just around the corner is the kitchenette and a bar counter with a few stools. Grab a snack, coffee, or a seat in the sun.



Behind the front reception area are three work space desks. Along with the stools, these desks lift and lower at the push of a button! Choose to sit down or stand up while you work or chat. These windows look out onto bustling Broadway St.



Our comfy corner in the back is a very popular work and relaxation spot. We have two love seats with moveable foot rests and worktops, so you can find the perfect position to work or converse.



Just behind the chairs is a large cabinet. Insider tip: rummage through the top few drawers to find sustenance.



To the right of the reception area is our large conference room. It features a huge window, a white board wall, two projectors, a TV monitor, and a enough seating for 14 guests. This spacious room is great for larger meetings and presentations, or for spreading out yourself.



Immediately adjacent to the front doors is a staff favorite — a booth with a large work table. This space offers a great place for a quick team huddle, or to spread out and work for the day. You can keep a pulse on the office, while taking advantage of the great natural light in our space.



We try to keep the space neat, bright, and green! We love to listen to our favorite tunes and the radio throughout the day on our Amazon Echo speaker. Have a song you want to hear before an interview or client meeting? Just ask! Best of all, we have plants all over the office to keep our space happy and verdant.


This Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood is on the rise. If you have time to kill before or after you hang with us, we recommend you stop at SpyhouseSurdyk’s Deli, or Empire Coffee & Pastry, which will be opening in the Highlight Center in the next few weeks. Looking for an after-work stop? We share a parking lot with Able Seedhouse + Brewery!

We can’t wait to see you!


Current Search – Parsons Electric – Design Manager

On behalf of our client, Parsons Electric, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for the 

Design Manager: Position Profile – Parsons – Design Manager

The Company: Based out of Minneapolis, MN, Parsons Electric has grown to become one of North America’s premier electrical and technology providers. Founded in 1927, Parsons has established a strong reputation of providing quality design, construction, service, and maintenance to customers across the United States.

Parsons provides an extensive range of services through three divisions:
Electrical Construction
Electrical Service

Mission: Guided by integrity, Parsons is dedicated to our customers and employees’ success through excellence in service, innovation, and performance.

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


Current Searches – ecs A Parsons Company

On behalf of our client, ecs A Parsons Company, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for three distinct roles. Full position profiles are available below.

Senior Project Manager: Position Profile – ecs Senior Project Manager
Account Manager: Position Profile – ecs Account Manager
Electrical Designer: Position Profile – ecs Electrical Designer

The Company: Based out of Minneapolis, MN, ecs A Parsons Company works with clients nationwide on a variety of construction and maintenance projects. Since 2005, ecs has been providing life cycle construction services that have grown to include consulting, engineering, commissioning, training, fire suppression, and energy solutions.

Serving markets across the country, ecs focuses on innovation and collaboration to reduce costs and maximize safety and uptime for distribution centers. The dedicated staff includes twenty office and field professionals who are experienced, reliable, and solution-focused. ecs builds strong relationships and exceeds expectations by delivering expertise, exceptional service, and high-quality solutions. A leader in innovation, ecs staff is continually improving and adapting services to meet the changing needs of customers.

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


New Search! Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, Executive Director & CEO

On behalf of our client, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and CEO

The Mission: To promote and deliver quality, well-managed homes to a diverse low income population and, with partners, contribute to the well-being of the individuals, families, and community we serve.

The Vision: Continue to be a dynamic and innovative leader in the Minneapolis community with an even greater commitment to promoting, creating, managing and preserving, and delivering quality, affordable housing and supporting vibrant and diverse communities.

The Role: Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) seeks an Executive Director and CEO to lead the organization, which serves more than 10,000 Minneapolis residents each year through various public housing and service programs. In addition to providing management responsibilities for a highly regulated governmental agency, this leadership role is the face of the organization to internal staff, resident customers, governmental partners, and the general public. This role requires an on-going interface with the Board of Commissioners, The City of Minneapolis, other governmental partners, community partners, consultants and private housing partners, residents, and staff members. The Executive Director and CEO provides strategic direction and leadership for MPHA; develops and builds deep relationships with project and funding partners; conducts outreach to current and prospective partners, stakeholders, and the community; and serves as the primary representative for local, state, and federal advocacy. Strong internal and external collaboration, and diverse business and interpersonal skills, are essential to successfully lead MPHA.

Click here to view the full position profile: Position Profile – MPHA Executive Director

To apply, please send your resume to All inquiries will remain confidential.


Search Completed! VP of External Relations, Montessori Center of Minnesota

Update: We are thrilled to announce that Trisha Skajewski will be joining the staff of the Montessori Center of Minnesota in late-September 2016. Click here to learn more about MCM programs.

On behalf of our client, Montessori Center of Minnesota, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their VICE PRESIDENT of EXTERNAL RELATIONS

The Organization: More than 100 years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori was bold enough to voice ideas that went against the grain of conventional thinking about child development and education. Today, she holds global acclaim as one of the world’s greatest educators. She used her scientific training, her experience and her insights to develop a method of education that challenged conventional patterns. Montessori Center of Minnesota continues to train teachers, using this pedagogy, to reach and teach children nationally and internationally.

Mission: To transform lives and society by broadening access to the power of Dr. Maria Montessori’s proven method of education.
Vision: All humanity working for the common good in our shared world.

The Opportunity: Join this dedicated and collaborative community and use your professional competencies to build the footprint and impact of this valuable mission. MCM operates a premier training facility for Montessori teachers and a non-profit Montessori school (Cornerstone) for children 15 months through 6 years old. Located on the East Side of Saint Paul, the property also includes a charter school for children. In 2008, MCM moved into this new facility to better meet the needs of its programs. Now MCM needs to both expand its capacity to train more teachers, serve more children and improve its existing physical space.

The Role: The Montessori Center of Minnesota (MCM) seeks a Vice President of External Relations. In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for all development activity and the marketing and communications functions with a goal to build sustainable earned and contributed revenue for long-term financial viability. As a senior leader of the MCM staff, this VP is responsible for a comprehensive resource development program that generates individual, corporate, foundation and government support. In addition to developing a broad base of consistent and expanding support for operations and programs, the position will manage MCM’s $3.4M capacity building capital campaign; launched in conjunction with the 2020 Bold Ideas strategic framework. The marketing and communications function includes responsibility for building brand awareness and value of both MCM and Montessori training—the latter including building increased participation in teacher training programs that are both comprehensive and rigorous in doctrine related to the Montessori Method to serve a diverse base of teacher candidates, students and families.

Click here to view the full position profile: Position Profile – Montessori Center of MN – Vice President of External Relations


Search Completed! Generation Next – Executive Director

Update: Generation Next and CohenTaylor are excited to announce that Michelle Walker, CEO of Saint Paul Public Schools, will be the new Executive Director. CohenTaylor search partners, Chris Cohen, Don Taylor and Katie Erickson, worked diligently with the Generation Next Executive Director search committee, Executive Committee and Leadership Council, and confirmed Ms. Walker’s appointment at a special meeting on August 31. Click here for the full press release.

On behalf of our client, Generation Next, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for their Executive Director

The Mission: Generation Next harnesses the community’s knowledge, expertise and actions to ensure every child can thrive.

The Vision: Every child has the academic, social and emotional skills to thrive in a globally-fluent world.

No exceptions. No excuses.

The Opportunity: The Minneapolis/Saint Paul region has one of the widest student education achievement gaps in the nation, with unacceptably low graduation rates among children of color and children from low-income households. Educational disparities matter because a growing body of research demonstrates that students who do not succeed educationally will not succeed economically in the workplace of the 21st century. Studies also demonstrate that the health of cities, states and nations is increasingly connected to the percentage of their citizens who reach high levels of educational attainment and skill.

The Organization: To address the achievement gap crisis and align community expectations and efforts around best practices and desired outcomes, a group of Twin Cities leaders from government, education, community and business formed Generation Next. This unprecedented collaboration is working to improve student achievement by creating a common set of expected outcomes and inspiring collective action to deliver on those expectations and improve the lives of youth. Generation Next operates as a convener, capacity builder and catalyst to deliver consistent educational achievement for all students.

The Role: The Executive Director (ED) must exhibit high energy and enthusiasm for improving the educational systems for all children in the Twin Cities and inspiring others to believe that closing the achievement gap is possible. The ED oversees all Generation Next work, including: managing governance and community groups, engaging funding and program partners, creating and supporting networks around priority strategies, identifying and tracking expected community level outcomes, and managing implementation of priority strategies.

Click here to view the full position profile: Position Profile – Generation Next, Executive Director

To apply, please send your resume to
All inquiries will remain confidential.


Search Completed! Director of Development – Voyageur Outward Bound School

Update: Courtney Kupsch joined the staff of VOBS in September 2016. Click here to learn more about VOBS programs.

On behalf of our client, Voyageur Outward Bound School, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for their Director of Development

The Mission: The mission of Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) is to change lives through challenge and discovery. VOBS delivers world renowned experiential learning programs to help people of all ages and all walks of life discover that “there is more in them than they thought.” This discovery helps students build strength of character, the ability to lead, and the desire to serve.

The Values: We teach and work by the values of Compassion, Integrity, Excellence, Inclusion and Diversity.

The Organization: VOBS is one of 11 members of the national Outward Bound network, a non-profit educational organization focused on character development, leadership skills, and service to community. VOBS uses the power of adventure and challenge to push participants to discover what they are capable of as individuals, teams, and communities. Whether in a classroom, on a river, high ropes course, hiking trail or on a rock climbing wall, students gain skills consistent with the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Skills include critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

The Role: Over the past four years, VOBS has more than doubled the number of donors and has grown its fundraising by more than fifty percent, to almost $1 million per year. The new Development Director has the opportunity to grow and broaden the donor base, and build a strong development team. There is significant opportunity as VOBS has grown its reach to serve more young people in the Twin Cities, and has begun to reach out to its thousands of alumni. This role will focus primarily on growing the base of individual donors, with a secondary focus on foundations and corporate giving. Fundraising is national in scope, but localized as well.

Click here to view the full position profile: Position Profile – VOBS – Director of Development

To apply, please send your resume to
All inquiries will remain confidential.


Bakken Museum becomes Minnesota’s first Smithsonian affiliate

The Bakken Museum was recently named an official affiliate of the Smithsonian, becoming the first affiliate in the state of Minnesota. CohenTaylor partnered with the Bakken to place their new Executive Direcor, Michael Sanders, last year.

Click here to view the full article from the Pioneer Press.