As the second 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, COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences 

Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers

bachelor’s degrees in over 85 major fields of study, and more than 45 graduate degree programs, including master’s, education specialist, juris doctor, and doctorate degrees.

Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are taught to think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. Students contribute nearly 45,000 hours a year to nonprofits, and more than half of all undergraduate students study abroad, expanding their perspectives inside and outside the classroom. The University is currently looking for a new Director of Development for their College of Arts and Sciences.

The Director of Development, College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) reports to the Associate Vice President of Development, in close cooperation with the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and is a member of the Institutional Advancement team. The Director of Development, CAS advances relationships between prospective donors and the College of Arts & Sciences, with the purpose of securing major gift commitments ($50,000 or more).  The Director of Development, CAS directs and coordinates fundraising efforts for CAS, and s/he 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 fundraising strategies and programs, to meet the current and future needs of CAS. This position is physically located within the College of Arts & Sciences. 

The Director of Development will be responsible for managing portfolios, cultivating and sustaining development partnerships, and managing data and reports. The ideal candidate will be supportive of the convictions and mission of the University of St. Thomas. S/he will also have proven experience representing an organization to various external stakeholders, as well as demonstrated experience planning and implementing strategies for moving donors from identification to solicitation, and ultimately, the proven ability to secure major gifts from individuals. Furthermore, s/he will have an orientation to being confident, diplomatic, and highly motivated- with the ability to influence without authority and achieve annual organizational growth goals.

Minimum of 5 years development experience, as well as knowledge of higher education and the liberal arts. Familiarity with the characteristics of a comprehensive university is a plus. Must be able to work with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

 

For a quick introduction to the dynamic and multi-talented team at UST, check out this fascinating history lesson on the Women’s Suffrage Movement from the College of Arts and Sciences’ new Dean, Yohuru Williams.

To view the video, click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQLbisRfs20

 

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

All inquiries will remain confidential.

To view the full position profile for the Director of Development, College of Arts and Sciences, please click here

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CohenTaylor is excited to announce a series of executive searches for Director of Development positions at the UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS- starting with DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION RELATIONS!

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations 

Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a Catholic university based in the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The largest private university in Minnesota, St. Thomas offers

bachelor’s degrees in over 85 major fields of study, and more than 45 graduate degree programs, including master’s, education specialist, juris doctor, and doctorate degrees.

Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are taught to think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. Students contribute nearly 45,000 hours a year to nonprofits, and more than half of all undergraduate students study abroad, expanding their perspectives inside and outside the classroom. The University is currently looking for a new Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Development, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding corporations and foundations, with the goal of aligning corporate and foundation interests with the strategic objectives and priorities of the University of St. Thomas.

The position is responsible for leading the planning and implementation of strategies and programs designed to maximize corporate and foundation (CFR) support.  The Director leads and coordinates teams around corporate and foundation prospects and donors.  The Director will work in full collaboration and cooperation with the Office of Sponsored Research. Departmental expectations include annual increases in gift production from corporations and foundations, and single unit and multi-unit proposals submitted. Expectations also include the achievement of a significant positive response ratio for those proposals given serious external consideration. This position works to build a dynamic culture of collaboration and coordination for CFR activities across the University.

The ideal candidate will be supportive of the convictions and mission of the University of St. Thomas. S/he will also have proven experience representing an organization to various external stakeholders, as well as successful experience stewarding, developing, and growing an organization’s corporate and foundation relations program. Furthermore, s/he will have an orientation to being confident, diplomatic, and highly motivated- with a proven collaborative leadership style.

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

All inquiries will remain confidential.

To view the full position profile, please click here.

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CohenTaylor is Pleased to Announce the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development’s new Long-Range Planning Director, Heather Worthington!

From 2010-2017, Heather Worthington led Ramsey County’s economic and community investment service team. Worthington has many years of experience with city planning, previously serving as Edina’s assistant city manager (2000-2010) and as Falcon Heights’ city administrator (2000-2006).

David Frank, director of economic policy and development for the City of Minneapolis, believes in Heather, and knows she is the right fit for the position. He raved, “She is very knowledgeable, has great experience, and is super smart. She has calm and clarity, which is combined with super high energy in a way that’s kind of hard to explain.” For her part, Worthington is enthusiastically preparing to assume this new role. She is fascinated by community planning through local city government bodies, and is excited by “the city’s commitment to racial equity.”

Today is Worthington’s first official day in her new position. Once she is integrated into the organization, her priority will be to update Minneapolis’ comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040.

 

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CohenTaylor is Thrilled to Introduce Minnesota Breck School’s New Chief Financial Officer: Ted Forbath!

Graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Ted Forbath has long had an aptitude for managing finances. From 1995-2001, Forbath worked for the Walt Disney Company in California, assuming Financial Analyst, Senior Financial Analyst, and Finance and Operations Manager roles during his tenure with the company.

Forbath’s career took a turn in 2001, when he began his position as Director of Finance and Administration at the Episcopal Housing Alliance, Los Angeles, CA. He stayed with the alliance until 2003. In this role, Forbath acted as the fiscal and administrative director of a $5 million economic development and social services agency with 25 major projects and contracts.

Forbath began working with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in 2003.  He’s served as both their Director of Finance (2003 – 2005) and their Chief Financial Officer (2006-present). In his most recent role with the Diocese, Forbath impressively acted as the financial and administrative leader of a 50,000-member diocese with 136 churches, 39 schools, 8,000 students, and 13 institutions across six Southern California counties from Los Angeles to the Arizona border.

Forbath will begin his CFO position at Breck School today, September 15th. Breck School is lucky to have him!

 

 

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Today is National Nonprofit Day!

 

August 17 is National Nonprofit Day! The CohenTaylor Team would like to thank all our past and present clients for the consistent dedication, empathy, and enthusiasm they bring to the quality work they do. Nonprofits have a tangibly positive impact on communities, and we would like to express our gratitude to all nonprofits across the country. We acknowledge that your work is important, and not always easy. Let’s remember to celebrate nonprofit organizations every day.

 

 

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CohenTaylor is Thrilled to Introduce Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s New Executive Director: Cynthia Cashman!

Before joining the team at Minnesota State Fair Foundation, Cynthia Cashman served as the Chief Development Officer at the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) from 2004-2017. She has a long history of experience in the nonprofit sector, including higher education, previously holding positions at Hamline University, YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis and the Minnesota Medical Foundation. Cashman’s new position at Minnesota State Fair Foundation began this past week on August 7th.

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CohenTaylor hosts Kris Kewitsch to discuss new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit!

CohenTaylor hosted Kris Kewitsch of Charities Review Council (smartgivers.org) at its weekly team meeting this past week. Kris introduced the Council’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion toolkit to our search consultants. Looking forward to introducing this very affordable tool to our clients and using it as a search firm!

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CohenTaylor is Thrilled to Introduce Breck School’s New Director of Advancement: Heather Miller-Shiell!

Heather Miller-Shiell has twenty one years of leadership experience in nonprofit management, fund development, and strategic planning. Miller-Shiell’s mission driven approach and passion for social justice make her a wonderful fit for Breck School. She previously served as Vice President Of Development
at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities for almost three years. Her new position as Director of Advancement will begin on August 7th.

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CohenTaylor Welcomes Shannon Mahedy as our new Project Coordinator!

In the role of project coordinator, Shannon plays a vital part in assisting with multiple projects targeted at providing exceptional customer service to our clients and candidates. 
A recent Macalester College graduate, Shannon has a passion for the economic and personal empowerment of women and girls around the world, as well as a commitment to human rights and health equity. She also has a penchant for photography and writing. 

Welcome to CohenTaylor Shannon, we are excited to have you join us!

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CohenTaylor Hosts Successful Art Event

Yesterday evening, CohenTaylor had the honor of hosting local artist Anne Pryor’s very first art show, titled “Lovitude: Visual Blessings Soul Paintings”. The lively evening, full of good food and great people, brightened up an otherwise rainy day. Anne also treated us to a live painting demonstration, showing us her unique artistic process. Guests were able to purchase the beautiful pieces, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Headwaters Foundation. Thank you to Anne, and everyone who came out, for making the event so memorable.

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If you missed the event, but are interested in learning more about Anne’s art, please visit her website or LinkedIn for more information:

http://meaningfulconnections.net/author/anne/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/annepryor/

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Pictured above (left to right): Max Blackburn, Beau Bye, Katie Erickson, and Rodrick Fields

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Pictured above (left to right): Lindsay Polyak and Chris Cohen

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Pictured above (left to right): Max Blackburn, Beau Bye, and Katie Erickson

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Setting up for the event involved hanging 80 pieces!

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