Institutional & Corporate Facilities Management

Retained Executive Search

Helbling conducts facilities management retained executive search and secures senior facility executives as well as mid-level and related professionals within this sector.

Over the past several years, facilities management has become highly complex, and organizations that have significant real estate assets must develop and execute strategies to maximize budgets, reduce operating costs, and leverage new technologies.

These types of objectives command teams of professionals who have broad skill sets that span from strong technical abilities, financial aptitudes, and business acumen to knowledge and understanding of the latest technologies and advancements within energy management, sustainability, and alternative construction methods. 

Many entities are embarking on large capital construction programs, which dictate needs for individuals who are adept at overseeing construction processes, monitoring budgets, implementing cost-saving measures, and employing other strategies to ensure projects are successful and generate a high return on investment.

Other organizations are looking to leverage their real estate asset portfolios by monetizing them or by leasing non-core assets to generate funding for primary objectives.

Regardless of their goals, organizations need professionals with expertise in these areas, as well as critical intangible traits such as strong communication and presentation skills; abilities to build, lead, and empower teams; and the persona necessary to develop relationships with board members, executive leaders, and end users. 

Perspective: 

As Facilities Roles Have Changed, So Has Recruitment (Facility Executive, February '17)

Organizations Represented

Helbling performs retained executive search for diverse organizations in the institutional, public agency, and corporate sectors that have significant real estate portfolios, and large capital development and construction programs.
  • Boarding Schools
  • Colleges and Universities (Helbling represents 70% of the top 30 institutions as ranked by U.S. News & World Report 2016)
  • Preparatory Schools
  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Specialty Hospitals
  • Fortune 500
  • Industrial Services
  • Laboratories
  • Management Consultants
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Retailers
  • Technology
  • Historical Institutions
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Non-Profits
  • Energy Management Firms
  • Energy Services Companies (ESCOs)
  • Utilities
  • Hospitality Owners
  • Private Equity Firms
  • Public Agencies
  • Public-Private Partnerships
Recent Placements
  • Vice President of Capital Planning & Facilities for a major metropolitan public library

  • Executive Director of Residential Operations for an Ivy-League university

  • Vice President, Facilities & Capital Projects for a Northeast university

  • Assistant Director, Construction Management Services for Wellesley College

  • Associate Vice President for Facilities & Capital Projects for a Northeast university

  • Director of Building Services for Miami University of Ohio

  • Director, State of Good Repair for a New York City university

  • Project Manager for New York healthcare system

  • Director, Campus Space Planner for a private research university in Texas

  • Assistant Director of Energy & Infrastructure for a Midwestern university

  • Senior Director of Architecture & Planning for a Mid-Atlantic healthcare system

  • Assistant Vice President of Workplace Services for a Fortune 100 corporation

Read our facilities management blogs

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Director of Employment & Recruitment of a Southeast Health System

Explore Our Case Studies

Director of Utilities and Program Manager, Utilities for a private research university

Facilities Global Function Head for a Fortune 500 financial services corporation

Director of Safety, Security, & Transportation for University of Florida Health

Capital Planning & Construction Executives for a New York City healthcare system

Director of Buildings, Grounds, & Campus Operations for a preparatory school

Associate Director of Utilities & Plant Engineering for a university

Vice President of Facilities & Campus Operations for a private research university

Director of Facilities Maintenance for Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Vice President, Facilities for an automotive retail services corporation

Director of Facilities for a Southeast hospital

Vice President of Real Estate & Asset Management for nonprofit organization

Director of Operations & Facilities for Northfield Mount Hermon

Deputy Development Commissioner for a public agency in a major metropolitan area

Multiple facilities executives for University of Massachusetts Amherst

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