Jim Lord

Managing Director

As Managing Director, Jim performs client development and manages a team of consultants. He also plays an instrumental role in shaping Helbling’s strategic vision and enhancing our executive search capabilities. 

A Helbling team member since 1998, Jim has had the opportunity to represent organizations within all of Helbling’s focus disciplines. In addition to securing professionals for higher education and healthcare clients, he conducts and manages mid-to senior-level searches for general, heavy civil, and specialty construction firms, as well as real estate developers. Prior to joining Helbling, he was a Group Leader with an international consulting firm, providing executive assessment and development to the manufacturing industry.

Jim is a summa cum laude graduate of Duquesne University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree 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 playing guitar, weightlifting, ice hockey, and carpentry.

Recently Completed Searches

  • Building Executive, New Cancer Hospital Construction for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Assistant Vice Chancellor of Planning & Design for the University of Tennessee
  • Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Program Controls for UMass Chan Medical School
  • University Architect for Yale University
  • Director of Environmental Health & Safety for Wellesley College
  • Director of Design & Construction, School of Medicine for Johns Hopkins 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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