Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa appoints new executive director

SAINT PAUL, Minn.

Teresa Spaeth has been named executive director of Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa, a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities for youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work. Spaeth succeeds Len Price, who led the organization for 11 years and retired in December 2015.

Spaeth joins the organization after nine years as executive director of Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) in Crookston, Minn. A true innovator, she pioneered the AURI effort to become Minnesota’s first venture development organization certified by the State Science and Technology Institute. She has an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of North Dakota and will sit for her Ph.D. thesis in educational leadership this spring.

“We are excited to have Teresa on our team,” said Anna Kucera, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa board chair. “She has the expertise, experience and passion to carry Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa forward.”

Spaeth will be responsible for the overall leadership of the Corps and will oversee the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. She will also guide the Corps toward a regional leadership position, while advancing the career value of the Corps experience and the engagement of diverse communities across the state.

“I am excited about this opportunity because I believe there has been no greater time to be the Conservation Corps” Spaeth said. “The opportunities to build two of our most precious assets — young people and the environment — are endless, and I want to be a part of that.”

About Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa
Conservation Corps provides meaningful work for young people in managing natural resources, responding to disasters, conserving energy and leading volunteers. The Corps offers environmental science education and training in resource management, safety, job-readiness and technical skills, and helps young people develop personal responsibility, a strong work ethic and a greater awareness of environmental stewardship.

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Search Completed! Jeremiah Program – Chief Advancement Officer

Update: Ellen Muller joined the staff of Jeremiah in July 2016. Click here to read more about Ellen’s placement as the new CAO.

On behalf of our client Jeremiah Program, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for the CHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER

Click here to view the full position profile: Position Profile – Jeremiah Program – Chief Advancement Officer

The Opportunity: Be a part of the movement! Join a committed staff and board who are dedicated to helping young women further their education and simultaneously prepare their children for success in school and life. Jeremiah’s program provides the opportunities and tools while young mothers, most of whom come from challenging backgrounds and life situations, do the work. This unique blend of high expectations and holistic support works. For mothers and children alike. This program could serve as a nationwide model for breaking a cycle of poverty and low performance in school. Visit jeremiahprogram.org for more program information. Engage with Jeremiah Program on social media: Facebook, Twitter

The Role: Jeremiah Program seeks a Chief Advancement Officer (CAO). Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the CAO is accountable for leading Jeremiah Program’s advancement strategies for organizational growth and facilitating enterprise-wide collaboration of fundraising efforts. The CAO works to build relationships with national funders and prospects and is responsible for meeting annual revenue and communication goals. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), the CAO works in partnership with the CEO and Campus Executive Directors to meet the organization’s annual and long-range development and marketing goals.  As the primary liaison to the Advancement Committee, the CAO will work to inspire and leverage the strategic guidance of community members. The role will focus on collaboration with internal staff, Board of Directors, donors and external partners to develop and implement fundraising strategy aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan.

Jeremiah Program headquarters are in Minneapolis, MN, with additional locations in Austin, TX, Boston, MA, and Fargo/Moorhead. The CAO could be located at any one of these offices.

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Search Completed! Executive Director – Central Minnesota Community Foundation

Update: This search was completed and the new Executive Director, Caryl Turnow, was placed in June, 2016.

On behalf of our client, CommunityGiving, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

To view a full position profile, click here: Postion Profile – Central MN Community Foundation – Executive Director

The Organization: The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF), in partnership with its parent organization, CommunityGiving, works to engage people, connect resources and build social capital for a stronger community. CMCF facilitates charitable giving, initiates responses to targeted community needs and builds permanent funds to facilitate charitable giving. The Foundation works with its fund holders and uses its unrestricted dollars to provide grants for annual and capital support to local charitable programs. It also convenes community stakeholders around initiatives that improve the quality of life in the greater St. Cloud region.

CommunityGiving provides leadership to a unique, new structure and unites CMCF with similar community foundations under a single framework—Together, We Are Stronger.  In partnership with Alexandria, Brainerd, and Willmar, it creates operating efficiencies that maximize donor impact. This structure is rooted in collaboration, but affords autonomy to its community partners.

The Mission: To engage people, connect resources, and build community.
CMCF fulfills its mission by making grants to support key issues in Central Minnesota by:

  • Encouraging individuals, families and businesses to partner with CMCF to fulfill their charitable and financial goals
  • Convening people to build community opportunities
  • Honoring individuals who have significantly contributed to the betterment of the community
  • Connecting people and resources to build a better community

The Role: The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) seeks an Executive Director (ED). The ED will serve as the face of CMCF and its ambassador to the Greater St. Cloud area. In support of the mission, this position will provide overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization. This Executive will conduct outreach to current and prospective donors, the professional community, nonprofit stakeholders and the general public. With the Board of Directors and President & CEO of CommunityGiving, the ED will have overall responsibility for financial and operational management (both asset building and grant management) and for the development and implementation of programs aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan. The ED will be part of the CommunityGiving leadership team and will assume a leadership position in the promotion of CMCF at both a regional and state level. This role will have 2-3 direct reports and will work collaboratively in a shared staffing model with CommunityGiving and the other affiliate foundations.

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Search Completed! Carleton College – Development Officers

Update: This search was completed and three new Development Officers began at Carleton in June, 2016.

On behalf of our client, Carleton College, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for three DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS.

To view a full position profile, click here: Position Profile – Carleton College – Development Officer

The Organization: High-achieving students thrive at Carleton College, a top-10 liberal arts college that inspires a joyful balance between academic life and everything else in life. In the classroom, they’re challenged and mentored by outstanding professors who are recognized nationally for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Outside the classroom, they’re welcomed into a supportive campus community that encourages them to live large—to follow their passions, find their people, and venture outside their comfort zone to embrace all Carleton has to offer. Along the way, they forge real connections with professors, staff, alumni, and one another, becoming part of a worldwide Carleton network that lasts a lifetime.

The liberal arts education offered at Carleton is widely considered to be among the best in the world, according to the College’s academic peers as well as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Princeton Review (to name just a few). See what others say about Carleton.

The Role: Carleton College seeks three Development Officers, each responsible for prospects that they will qualify as campaign prospects, cultivate for the College, and eventually solicit and close gifts of $50,000 and up. As a member of the Development team, this position reports to and works closely with the Director of Major Gifts to secure gifts from donors living in one of six defined regions within the United States. This position will participate with Development colleagues and others in regular planning meetings that facilitate initiating, cultivating, and stewarding donor relationships, planning events, and developing meaningful communications.

The Ideal Candidate: Candidates must be committed to the values of a liberal arts education, demonstrate intellectual curiosity, and possess the ability to directly solicit gifts. They must be persistent in following up with donor prospects, engage in authentic and meaningful interactions and possess excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. The candidates must subscribe to and demonstrate the highest ethical standards. This candidates must have experience and ability to build relationships and work collaboratively across an organization, including engaging multiple types of stakeholders in donor cultivation and solicitation. Experience in Development is desirable, and 4-6 years of experience in major gift fundraising is preferred. Working knowledge of capital campaign efforts and various planned giving instruments is also desired.

For more information, or to share your credentials, contact us at info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.

CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is a boutique, national search firm, dedicated to finding the best executives for nonprofit and public organizations.

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Clients in the news! AdoptAClassroom.org

We were thrilled to see our client, AdoptAClassroom.org, on the Today Show! Watch as Sheryl Crow surprises her hometown high school teachers with cash to spend on their classrooms.
Did you know that teachers spend an average of $600/year on materials, out of their own pockets? AdopotAClassroom is helping to close that gap!
 
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Corporate Responsibility – Recruiting and Retention

This article was originally published FastCompany.com.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer a choice for Indian companies of a certain size: It’s a legal requirement. In April 2014, the hotly debated Companies Act forced approximately 3,000 organizations to form a CSR committee, and spend 2% of their average net profits over the past three years on social development and environmental projects. The initiative only affects Indian companies with a market cap over 5 billion INR (about $77 million USD), turnover above 10 billion INR (about $155 million USD), or annual profits greater than 50 million INR (about $770,000 USD).

In theory, the mandate has its appeal; it’s comforting to think that “too big to fail” is, at least in one country, also associated with “big enough to do their part.” In the highly competitive North American talent market, however, companies that champion social initiatives also improve their employer brand, and ultimately their ability to recruit employees. In the United States, where CSR is voluntary, determining a company’s true level of commitment remains a challenge for job seekers. While there is no universal measurement tool for social impact, pressure from job seekers has forced organizations to recognize the impact they have on the world, which may ultimately prove more effective than any government legislation.

“Everyone has a different definition, and its called different things at different companies, but it’s about more than philanthropy; it’s about how you operate as a corporate citizen,” said Karyn Margolis, the director of CSR and sustainability at Avon Products Inc. “It goes back to authenticity; it has to be about how the company operates, and philanthropy and social programs are an extension of that, but it’s much broader than giving away money.”

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Search Completed! AdoptAClassroom.org – Executive Director

Update: This search was completed and the new Executive Director, Ann Ness, was place in March 2016. Read the story from the Pioneer Press!

On behalf of our client, AdoptAClassroom.org, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.

Click here for a full position profile: Position Profile – AdoptAClassroom – Executive Director

The Organization: AdoptAClassroom.org is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports student success by empowering teachers with the funds they need to purchase classroom supplies. Research indicates that use of hands-on learning materials in the classroom has a direct and positive impact on student achievement and future success in school and in life. It is estimated that more than 15 million children don’t have the resources they need and that teachers spend more than $1 billion each year stocking their own classrooms, due to a lack of funding in schools. Teachers purchase nearly 75% of their classroom supplies out of their own pockets. Through their online model, AdoptAClassroom.org makes it easy for donors to connect with classrooms in need.

More information about AdoptAClassroom.org can be found on their website or blog, and on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

The Role: AdoptAClassroom.org, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, seeks a dynamic and seasoned leader for their next Executive Director (ED). In support of the AdoptAClassroom.org mission, this new leader will provide overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization, drive social media technology needs, and conduct outreach to current and prospective project partners, stakeholders and the community. The ED will have overall responsibility for the financial and operational management of the organization. In addition the ED will focus on collaboration with internal staff, Board of Directors and external partners to develop and implement cause marketing and innovative social media programs aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan. The ED will assume a leadership position in the promotion of AdoptAClassroom.org at both a regional and national level to ensure a strong and sustained financial base. The ED manages a staff of five full-time and three part-time employees.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Possess leadership skills and industry credibility in the areas of education, nonprofit management, and/or corporate relations, ideally in the retail or related space.
  • Experience guiding an online business model or digital strategy is highly desired.
  • Have experience leading a social enterprise.
  • Bring experience partnering with sponsors, donors and stakeholders to create and steer the organization’s philanthropic strategy.
  • Bring demonstrated excellence in cultivating and maintaining relationships, including community organizations; local, state and national organizations; and other key community partners.
  • Experience guiding innovative program development. Strong understanding of technology is critical, including ecommerce, online marketing and social media.
  • Experience developing and maintaining a business model that produces exceptional mission impact and sustained financial health.
  • Have experience building and managing effective and collaborative teams, including professional development for staff, conflict resolution and personnel transition skills.
  • Bring experience and best practices building a diverse and inclusive workplace that draws on the strengths of all employees by cultivating diversity of thought to drive innovation and improve decision-making.
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree; a Master’s degree is preferred.

A full position profile is available at cohentaylor.com/perspective. For more information, or to submit your resume, contact info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.

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Search Completed! Minnesota Public Radio – Director of Major and Planned Giving

Update: This search was completed and the candidate, Mark Abner, placed in May 2016. Learn more about supporting MPR!

On behalf of our client, Minnesota Public Radio, and parent company American Public Media Group, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained executive search for their DIRECTOR of MAJOR and PLANNED GIVING

Click here for a full position profile: Position Profile – MPR – Director Major & Planned Giving

MPR Mission: To enrich the mind and nourish the spirit, thereby enhancing the lives and expanding the perspectives of our audiences, and assisting them in strengthening their communities.

The Organization: American Public Media Group (APMG) is the not-for-profit, parent organization of Minnesota Public Radio®, Marketplace®, American Public Media® and Southern California Public Radio™. APMG is the largest station-based public radio organization in America, combining multi-regional station operations, national programming creation and distribution as well as innovative digital, social and mobile services in one organization. 19 million listeners tune in weekly to APMG’s national programming and regional stations on nearly 1,000 radio stations nationwide. American Public Media (APM), the national production and distribution arm of the organization, is one of the largest in the world with a portfolio that includes A Prairie Home Companion®, BBC World Service, Marketplace®, and the leading classical music programming in the nation. Supported financially by contributions from individual donors, sponsors, philanthropic foundations and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), APMG’s regional operations include Minnesota Public Radio, a 45-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and Southern California Public Radio, a four-station network serving Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County and the Inland Empire. Launched in 2014, the Infinite Guest podcast network includes diverse offerings from best-selling authors to the best food, culture and comedy shows featured on public radio. APM’s lifestyle classical music stream, YourClassical.org, packages classical music in an unconventional and innovative way with streams suited for life’s biggest moments and everyday situations.

Minnesota Public Radio® (MPR) has state-of-the-art headquarters in the heart of downtown St. Paul, Minnesota and is the largest owner and operator of public radio stations nationwide. Since its origins as a single classical music station in 1967 at KSJR in Collegeville, Minnesota, MPR has earned nearly 1,000 broadcasting and journalism awards, including seven George Foster Peabody Awards (dubbed the “Oscar of broadcasting”), six Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, a prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Gold Baton Award and a Grammy Award. Since 1967, MPR has informed, inspired and engaged citizens as a trusted convener, storyteller and sense-maker. Minnesotans look to MPR for fact-based, balanced journalism that provides vital context for infirmed decision-making, innovative arts and cultural programming, national and international content, and music that can’t be found anyplace else. Over nearly five decades, loyal supporters and listeners have helped build MPR into a state-wide treasure and national leader, now providing three award-winning regional services – MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current®. MPR meets all 27 of the Charities Review Council (CRC) Accountability Standards. More information about APMG and MPR can be found on their websites at americanpublicmedia.org and mpr.org. Connect and engage with MPR’s primary accounts on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and follow the Twitter hashtag #mprlife for insight into the work culture.

The Opportunity: Minnesota Public Radio’s workplace is as dynamic as its programming!  Diverse, creative and compelling, MPR taps into the life experiences of its employees for perspective and balance. In addition to using one’s talents in a creative, energetic workplace, the organization offers competitive pay and benefits, a culture that encourages learning and development, and opportunities for advancement. A career at Minnesota Public Radio is an opportunity to inspire – and to be inspired!

Minnesota Public Radio has a comprehensive membership and development program which generates $30+ million in total support and revenue annually from more than 132,000 donors/members. The greatest opportunity for revenue growth is in major, individual giving. While the membership program is well-established, major and planned giving are relatively new programs and the opportunity to enhance these programs is significant given the financial capacity and longevity of giving in the donor base. Today there is a unique opportunity to expedite the growth of these programs with the introduction of a $75 million campaign to fund the reinvention of public media for the 21st Century. For the appropriate candidate, this opportunity includes working with a team of experienced development and media professionals, building the major and planned giving programs, completing a successful major campaign and working in an exciting, fast- paced, rapidly changing public media environment.

The Role: Minnesota Public Radio seeks a Director of Major and Planned Giving. The Director of Major and Planned Giving is responsible for leading the major and planned gifts team of seven professionals, securing at least $3.7 million in gifts (annually) and co-managing the implementation of a $75 million capital and endowment campaign; of which $54 million is targeted to  come from individual donors. As a member of the Directors team and larger Development staff, this position reports to and works closely with the Senior Vice President for Development and with senior leadership of MPR and APMG to secure gifts from donors living inside and outside of Minnesota. The Director will work closely with the President/CEO and Senior Vice President for Development to build both visibility and a stronger relationship with the organization’s stakeholders.

The Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have eight or more years of demonstrated successful experience in all aspects of individual giving and capital campaign planning and execution. The candidate should be able to demonstrate prior success in securing six and seven-figure individual gifts. Additionally, five or more years of supervisory/management experience is required with the ability to inspire, coach and lead a diverse team. The candidate must have experience in planning, execution and control of significant sized campaigns—including both annual and capital fund efforts. S/he must have experience and ability to build relationships and work collaboratively across an organization, including engaging multiple types of stakeholders in donor cultivation and solicitation.

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

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Search Completed! Chief Development Officer – Benilde-St. Margaret’s

Update: This search was completed and the new CDO, Rebecca Kolis, was placed in April 2016. Click here to learn more about supporting BSM!

On behalf of our client, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for Chief Development Officer.

Click here for a full position profile: Position Profile – BSM – Chief Development Officer

The Organization
Benilde St. Margaret’s is a premier, 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 ever-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. More information about BSM can be on their website at bsmschool.org.

BSM Fast Facts:

  • BSM is a Catholic co-ed college preparatory school for grades 7-12
  • Founded in 1974 with the merger of St. Margaret’s Academy (founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1907) and Benilde High School (founded by the Christian Brothers in 1956)
  • Located in St. Louis Park, MN on a 29 acre campus with a building size of 199,428 square feet
  • Total enrollment of 1172
  • 52% male, 48% female
  • 18% students of color
  • 33 Twin Cities school districts represented
  • 18% of receive financial aid, totaling nearly $1.4 million (avg award $6, 345)
  • Diversity in faith traditions exist; 72% self-identify as Catholic
  • 96% move to post-secondary education
  • 94% participate in clubs and activities
  • BSM offers 29 varsity sports and over 35 extracurricular activities
  • 140 Employees
  • Student-to faculty ratio of 11:1

The Role
Benilde-St, Margaret’s School, located in St. Louis Park, MN, seeks a Chief Development Officer (CDO). The CDO is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive Development plan to support all aspects of philanthropic giving and to create a best in class Development team. Reporting directly to and working closely with the President, they will have full responsibility for donor engagement, fundraising, stewardship and management of the day-to-day functions of the Development team.

Responsibilities to BSM as a Catholic School:
Except in the teaching of religion, it is not an essential prerequisite that all employees be Catholic. However, all employees are expected to respect the teaching of the Church. As a leader, ensure that all areas of responsibility are operated consistent with the Catholic mission of the school.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for this position will be a seasoned professional with extensive experience in academic or nonprofit development/advancement work. Must have a proven track record of success in a professional environment, with 5+ years of experience and success in leading an effective development team. Must have a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.

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Search Completed! Vice President of Development – MacPhail Center for Music

Update: This search was completed and the new VP of Development, Jackie Peterson, was placed in May 2016. Click here to learn more about supporting MacPhail!

On behalf of our client, MacPhail Center for Music, CohenTaylor Executive Search Services is conducting a retained search for Vice President of Development.

Click here for the full position profile: Position Profile – MacPhail – VP of Development

The Organization
MacPhail Center for Music is one of the largest community music schools in the country, and is widely regarded as a leader in music education. Exceptional teachers, the majority with master’s degrees or higher in music, provide world-class instruction to 14,000+ students each year. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, MacPhail holds hundreds of events and workshops, offering music education to the Twin Cities community and serving as a resource for music learning for all.

The Role
MacPhail Center for Music, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, seeks a Vice President of Development. This Vice President is directly responsible for the organization’s contributed revenue goals and serves as the organization’s primary fundraiser. Reporting directly to the CEO, this VP works closely with the CEO and the Board of Directors to set a strategic direction for MacPhail’s fundraising program. This role will focus on collaboration with internal staff, Board, donors and external partners to develop and implement fundraising strategy aligned with the organization’s vision and strategic plan.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate for this position will be a seasoned professional with extensive experience in nonprofit fundraising. Must have a proven track record of success in a professional environment with 10+ years of experience and success in growing annual unrestricted contributed revenue. Must have a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.  CFRE or ACFRE designation is desired.

To assure consideration, submit resume to info@cohentaylor.com. All inquiries will remain confidential.

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