James G. Lord

Executive Director, Northeast

As Executive Director, Jim plays an instrumental role in Helbling’s strategic vision, and enhancing our executive search capabilities and internal operations. He performs client development, manages a team of consultants, and recruits on assignments.

Jim represents organizations within all of Helbling’s core sectors, partnering extensively with healthcare and higher education institutions, as well as corporations, public agencies, and non-profit organizations in securing professionals involved in all facets of facilities, including capital programs and real estate, energy and utilities, sustainability, and property management. Additionally, he conducts and manages mid- to senior-level searches for general, heavy civil, and specialty construction firms, and real estate developers.

Prior to joining Helbling in 1998, Jim was a Group Leader with an international consulting firm providing executive assessment and development to the manufacturing industry. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Duquesne University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In 2018, he earned a certificate in Advanced Executive Search and Leadership Consulting from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In his free time, Jim enjoys guitar, weightlifting, ice hockey, and carpentry.

Geographical Focus

Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, upstate New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont), Illinois, and Southern Texas


  • APPA - Leadership in Educational Facilities

Recently Completed Searches

  • Associate Director of Operations & Services for University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Assistant Director of Design & Construction for Brown University
  • Associate Vice President of Facilities for Boston College
  • Chief Operating Officer for the civil business unit of a leading construction contractor
  • Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Grounds for Smith College
  • Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Facilities and Operations at Brigham Health
  • Associate Vice President, Research & Administrative Facilities for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Associate Vice President of Facilities & Operations for Roxbury Community College
  • Director of Facilities for The Hill School
  • Director of Business & Administrative Services, Facilities for Colby College
  • Director, Building Services for Princeton University

Active Searches

“I take great pleasure in the fact that, here at Helbling, I can always make business decisions based on what will service my client best and what tactic is ‘the right thing to do’ both from a customer-service and an ethical standpoint.”

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