March 29, 2021 – Minneapolis-based CohenTaylor Executive Search is conducting a search for an executive director for the Regions Hospital Foundation. The organization provides oversight and stewardship of all charitable contributions to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, which is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation. “The executive director is primarily responsible for leading philanthropic support initiatives and promoting partnerships through innovation, creativity and technology,” said the search firm. “Additionally, the executive director partners with others within HealthPartners and the community to identify and help address gaps in the care continuum.”
The individual is responsible for sustaining and nurturing trust and compassion by ensuring all foundation decisions and actions are in alignment with the organization’s mission, vision, and values, said the search firm. The position reports directly to the president of Regions Hospital and to the senior vice president, government and community relations for HealthPartners. The leader is responsible for foundation board relations and leading board meetings and activities to achieve goals. This leader will be expected to engage patients, families and community partners to build upon the legacy of securing philanthropic support to improve the health and well-being of the hospital’s community.
Overall responsibilities include maximizing philanthropic support for Regions Hospital programs, said CohenTaylor. This includes advancing the HealthPartners mission through the promotion, administration and coordination of the following program areas: annual, capital and endowment fundraising programs, major and planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, special events, volunteer committees, donor relations and stewardship, staff and foundation board development, prospect research, development systems, and gift and records reporting and processing.
Candidates must have a proven track record of providing thoughtful, strategic, collaborative and effective executive leadership in philanthropy, said CohenTaylor. They are also expected to be passionate about and successful at finding solutions to complex healthcare issues and creating sustainable positive impact. In addition, prospects should be skilled at identifying and implementing measures of operational efficiency for maximized productivity and effectiveness.
Significant experience building and managing a diverse workforce is required. Candidates should also be skilled at fostering a collaborative, motivating, thriving workplace environment for high achieving teams. They must also be experienced in funder engagement, grant administration and foundation board engagement.
A bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, healthcare administration, non-profit management or a related field is required for this role; a master’s degree is preferred. Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience, including demonstrated success in resource development, preferably with a concentration in healthcare. Experience with major gift solicitation, planned giving and comprehensive capital campaigns, would be ideal. Certified fund raising executive (CFRE) certification is desired.
Established in 1872, Regions Hospital is a private, not-for-profit organization. The hospital provides health care services in St. Paul and its surrounding communities, as well as for patients from throughout Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and other Midwestern states. As a private, non-profit teaching hospital, Regions Hospital provides care in women’s health, neuroscience, heart surgery, cardiology, oncology, emergency care, burn care, orthopedic care, mental illness and more. Regions is also one of the largest charity care providers in the region, and the largest provider of charity care in the east metro area of the Twin Cities.
In addition to its Regions Hospital responsibilities, Regions Hospital Foundation raises money for other areas of the HealthPartners system. An independent board of directors governs the foundation with volunteers and representatives from the community. To enhance the Regions Hospital mission and maximize its impact on important health care issues, the Regions Hospital Foundation has identified several areas of focus for fundraising in the coming years: cancer care and research, ER and trauma care, mental health and neuroscience.
CohenTaylor Executive Search is a boutique executive search firm dedicated to non-profit and public sector organizations. Founded by Chris Cohen and Don Taylor, the firm has conducted hundreds of leadership searches, locally and nationally, in multiple sectors. Its clients include Second Harvest Heartland, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, First Avenue Productions, Healthy Building Network, Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota and Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties, among others.
CohenTaylor is led by founding partner and executive recruiter Chris Cohen. She has been in the search industry since 1996 and has built a strong reputation for serving national clients in the public, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. Within these sectors, she has worked on all disciplines and has helped national and local organizations to attract and recruit top talent. Founding partner and executive recruiter Don Taylor is currently in a special counsel role with the firm, providing limited consultation in new business development while acting as the firm’s representative in efforts with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP/Minnesota Chapter) and Minnesota Private College Fund (MPCF). For 35 years, Mr. Taylor’s leadership roles focused on non-profit fund development, including strategy, planning, execution, and evaluation of comprehensive programs in human services, education, and healthcare.
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