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 16 of the top 20 national universities as ranked by U.S. News & World Report (2020)
  • 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

  • Associate Vice President, Research & Administrative Facilities for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • AVP, Project Management for White Plains Hospital
  • Director of Facilities Operations for Lafayette College
  • Director of Business & Administrative Services, Facilities for Colby College
  • Vice President, Chief Facilities Officer for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Director of Asset Management for Johns Hopkins University
  • Asset Manager for Johns Hopkins University
  • Director, Building Services for Princeton University
  • Director of Garden Operations for Philadelphia Zoo
  • Director of Facility Services for Louisiana State University Shreveport 
  • Associate Vice President of Facilities for White Plains Hospital
  • Director of Master Planning & Engineering for Cushing Academy
  • Vice President for Facilities & Services for Stony Brook University
  • Assistant Vice President, Design Management for an Ivy-League university
  • Vice President of Facilities for Northwestern University
  • Deputy Director, Facility Development & Operations for Palm Beach County

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

Directors of Facilities Operations for a healthcare system

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

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

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

Director of Building Services for a public university

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

Vice President of Real Estate & Asset Management for nonprofit organization

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

Associate Director of Utilities & Plant Engineering for a university

Director of Utilities & Energy Management for a higher education institution

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

Associate Vice President Facilities Services & Campus Planning for a university

Facilities Global Function Head for a Fortune 500 financial services corporation

Director of Operations & Facilities for Northfield Mount Hermon

Multiple facilities executives for University of Massachusetts Amherst

Director of Facilities Operations for University of Florida Health

Assistant Vice President, Fiscal & Management Services for a university

Associate Vice President, Planning, Design & Construction for a private research university

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

Regional Sales Manager for an energy services company

Director of Facilities Maintenance for Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Vice President, Facilities for an automotive retail services corporation

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

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