Helbling search consultants prepared for a national search that targeted individuals who had led, or were actively leading, the largest capital programs in the country within the healthcare industry. A small segment of the candidate pool came from higher education institutions within the same state; they likely had transferrable knowledge about how to work within the state system.
The size of our client’s capital program was of interest to prospective candidates as was the opportunity to reorganize and scale the current department. Helbling team members excelled at assessing key qualities defined in the position description. In addition to project management and the delivery of strategic services, these included communication with health system leadership, internal and external stakeholders, and local organizations and outside agencies. Another important ability was human resource management as the incoming director would oversee a team of approximately 75 people.
Individuals approached for the role were primary healthcare-centric executives within the sectors of construction, design, and engineering. These included heads of design/construction and heads of facilities divisions. Client representatives—the Chief Financial Officer (who was also the hiring manager), the Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer, and the Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs (the two search committee chairs)—were respectful of Helbling’s experience and gave our firm free reign to set and execute the search strategy.