Institutional & Corporate Facilities Management

Retained Executive Search

Helbling specializes in retained executive search for organizations that have significant facilities management talent needs. 

Let us help you think outside the footprint.

The facilities management executive you’re looking for today must be more than a practitioner with technical skills. He or she must now have boardroom and leadership skills, as well as the ability to manage teams and complex capital projects at a senior level. Beyond those qualities, they must be knowledgeable of the quickly advancing fields of energy management, sustainability, and alternative project delivery.

The candidate with these critical skills may not be in your own organization. And, with the scarcity of qualified talent in this discipline, he or she may not even be in your sector. The right person to take your program forward may be outside your network, working at a nonprofit, a university, a healthcare institution, or a corporate center.  
We can find that leader for you, wherever they may be. 
With nearly two decades of experience in facilities management search across all segments, we can cross boundaries to match the right candidate to a position and facilitate their transition from one segment to another. It’s one of the unique capabilities that enables Helbling to realize opportunities where other firms can’t. 

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.
  • Colleges and Universities (Helbling represents 21 of the top 30 institutions as ranked by U.S. News & World Report  (2019)
  • Independent and 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 Successes

  • Assistant Vice President for Facilities for University of Rhode Island
  • Associate Director Design & Construction for University of Maryland, College Park
  • Director of Facilities for Westridge School
  • Director of Facilities for Sharon Towers, a CCRC
  • Director of Capital Project Management for a university medical center
  • Director of Facilities for Colgate University.
  • Assistant Vice President, Planning, Design & Construction for Brown University
  • Senior Project Manager for Colby College
  • Director of Transportation Planning & Data for Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
  • Facility Operations Manager for an Ivy-League university
  • Associate Director, Design & Construction for Johns Hopkins University
  • Director, Service Delivery & Property Management with George Washington University
  • Program Manager, Construction for University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Chief Facilities Officer for Oberlin College
  • Project Manager, Facilities & Campus Operations for a New Jersey higher education institution

I’ve worked with many search firms over the years, and I can attest to the thorough work done by the Helbling team. They did a great job of fact finding to understand the details of the positions we were seeking to fill, and to understand our organizational culture. Most impressive is Helbling’s knowledge of the labor market in their specialty field and their ability to source and present a variety of candidates. 
Director of Employment & Recruitment of a Southeast Health System

Explore Our Case Studies

Vice President of Facilities and Campus Services for an Ivy League university

Director of Building Services for a public university

Director of Facilities for a preparatory school

Senior Director, Architecture & Planning for a healthcare system

Vice President of Capital Planning & Facilities for a cultural organization

Assistant Vice President for Physical Plant Division for a research university

Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities for a university

Director of Real Estate Expansion for a museum

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

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

Associate Vice President Facilities Services & Campus Planning for a university

Multiple facilities executives for University of Massachusetts Amherst

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

Executive Director of Planning, Design & Construction for a healthcare system

Assistant Vice President, Fiscal & Management Services for a university

Associate Vice President, Planning, Design & Construction 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

Vice President of Real Estate & Asset Management for nonprofit organization

Associate Director of Utilities & Plant Engineering for a university

Director of Utilities & Energy Management for a higher education institution

Director of Operations & Facilities for Northfield Mount Hermon

Vice President, Facilities for an automotive retail services corporation

Director of Facilities Operations for University of Florida Health

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

Director of Facilities Maintenance for Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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

Regional Sales Manager for an energy services company

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