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.


Star Tribune features Kristine Fortman, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation CEO

CohenTaylor has partnered with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation on two important searches. First, to place their new CEO, Kristine Fortman. And more recently, a new VP of Research & Dissemination, Michael Ujhelyi. We are honored to partner with a nonprofit and leaders who are doing such great work in our community and nationwide.

The Star Tribune recently ran a feature story on MHIF and Dr. Fortman:
Last fall Kristine Fortman became the top executive at one of the state’s most active health care research organizations, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, with the goal of growing the endowment and pushing new medical research while keeping the storied organization nimble and responsive. Fortman came to the nonprofit following stints with Medtronic’s cardiac devices division and the company foundation, and before that the HealthPartners research foundation. Click here for the full article.




Search Completed! Twin Cities PBS – Chief Operating Officer

Update: We are thrilled to announce that Dean Orton will be joining the staff at TPT Twin Citis PBS as their new COO in October 2016. Click here to learn more about TPT programs.

On behalf of our client, Twin Cities PBS, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Click here to view the full position profile: Position Profile – TPT – COO

The Opportunity: Every day, Twin Cities PBS (TPT) brings television shows and digital content to millions of people, offering commercial-free programming that inspires, educates, and entertains. TPT is able to leverage the power of media to help young people succeed, inform and engage Minnesotans, expand access to the arts, and build stronger communities. A preeminent affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), TPT is looking for an exceptional leader to serve as its Chief Operating Officer. This new role will oversee all media and content to continue the organization’s growth and innovation as an industry leader, and ensure the quality and longevity of the TPT brand.

The Organization: Founded in 1957, Twin Cities PBS is recognized as one of the most innovative public media organizations in the country. TPT presents extraordinary PBS programming and also produces award-winning exclusive content for the national PBS system. TPT’s programs and productions have been honored with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys. Award-winning TPT programs include SciGirls, MN Original, Make It OK: Facing Mental Illness, Slavery by Another Name, Hoop Dreams, The Lowertown Line, Dragonfly TV, and many more. TPT also airs popular PBS shows like Almanac, NOVA, Call the Midwife, Antiques Roadshow, Downton Abbey, and Sesame Street. In addition to its television services, TPT is a leader in the digital space, having launched the first ever digital-only service within the PBS system.

The Role: Twin Cities PBS seeks a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to lead its local and national content divisions. The COO will be responsible for the development and execution of organizational, financial, and service goals of TPT’s multi-platform media enterprises. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial skills working in a 21st century media organization, and the passion and vision to apply those skills in a public media organization whose mission is to use the power of media to enrich the lives of individuals and improve the many communities TPT serves. Responsible for TPT’s financial and operational management, the COO leads local and national partnerships and promotion to build and secure a sustained financial base. Strong internal and external collaboration with staff, leadership, and program partners is essential to develop and manage content aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan.

To apply, please send your resume to info@cohentaylor.comAll inquiries will remain confidential.


Search Completed! ARRM Chief Executive Officer

Update: We are excited to announce that Cheryl Pray has been hired as the new CEO of ARRM! Cheryl will begin her new role at ARRM on September 6. Click here to read the press release.

On behalf of our client, Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota (ARRM), CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER.

The Mission: ARRM leads the advancement of community-based services supporting people with disabilities to live meaningful lives. ARRM provides leadership to ensure that sufficient resources, market-driven policies and individual protections are developed to realize fulfillment of ARRM’s vision and mission.

The Vision: ARRM envisions a future where:
– Members work to ensure people with disabilities have opportunities to participate in and contribute to their communities to enjoy all the rights of full citizenship.
– Their success enriches communities. When members are successful, people served are successful, thereby enriching the entire community.
– Members and their staff are fairly compensated for the services they provide to people with disabilities.
– The industry employs highly skilled professionals who make a difference in the lives of individuals.
– Regulations and standards are focused on quality outcomes for individuals in addition to their health and welfare.
– A free and competitive marketplace drives high quality services.

The Opportunity: The Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota (ARRM) is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of providers of services for people with disabilities. Members focus on supporting individuals with disabilities to live rich, meaningful and successful lives. ARRM educates and advocates to drive change that supports the best interests of people with disabilities and their providers throughout Minnesota. The landscape for people with disabilities is rapidly changing in Minnesota and nationally. Minnesota providers are facing tremendous caseload challenges: people with disabilities are living longer, state and federal budget funding is decreasing and a shrinking workforce is stressing service delivery. ARRM staff and association members spend hours advocating at the Capital and with the Department of Human Services to advance the vision of person-centered services for all people with disabilities. This vision needs an inspiring, competent and compassionate leader who carries this mission into the future. Could it be you?

Click here to view a full position profile: Position Profile – ARRM – Executive Director

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