Job Alert:Vice President of Business Development -Engineering/Construction

Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Climate Change, Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for a  Vice President of Business Development for an established, well seated national civil/structural engineering firm. Ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of demonstrated business development experience in government and private sector plus the following skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in marketing and developing business in one or more of the following areas: civil/site engineering, water/wastewater structures and infrastructure, building structures, construction management, transit and transportation on a national level.
  • Ability to develop and execute marketing and client capture plans including proposal development.
  • Experience developing business relationships with federal and state agencies, water utilities, construction firms and other consultants
  • Ability to leverage current relationships and develop new relationships into project work for the firm.
  • Work with management on strategic pursuits and plans.


  • BS degree in engineering, architecture, construction or related field
  • Must have at least 15 years of business development experience in the civil engineering/construction field
  • MBA is a strong plus.
  • PE, AIA, CCM, LEED or other professional registrations/certifications are a strong plus

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Special Report: More Information on Oil Spill and Environmental Disaster Related Jobs

I am sure there are going to be people who disagree with me but this article had to be written. I am not making a political statement nor am I choosing sides in this matter. I am simply pointing out job opportunities for people who are searching. 

The mainstream media has had a field day examining the dangers of coal mining and offshore drilling in the wake of the recent disasters. I believe some of the scrutiny is warranted and if negligence is involved appropriate action must be taken. My job in this situation is to bring  job seekers a different perspective on how a crisis and disaster can mean new job opportunities in the green, environmental and infrastructure industries. Many of  the  career fields I highlight in this article have acute shortages of qualified people and a strong long-term outlook.  I have included certifications after each career field where applicable.

  1. Industrial Hygiene (CIH) and Safety (CSP) inspectors/ investigators : When a crisis or disaster happens there is always an investigation. CIH and CSP investigators try to ascertain if there were any environmental health and safety issues or violations which contributed to the accident and report their findings to the company, government officials, insurance companies and legal counsel, if necessary. There is an acute shortage of CIH and CSP throughout the US industrial complex. Some of the positions in this industry do not require a technical degree but do require extensive training sponsored by government and professional organizations.  

  3. Environmental Forensics Investigators: Different from the CIH and CSP professionals, forensic professionals figure why and how the accident occurred through a process called  failure analysis. Forensics professionals are usually architects, engineers, scientists and construction managers who look at how the rig was designed and constructed and what processes were happening at the time of the explosion to determine why the structure collapsed. The same type of professionals analyzed the World Trade Center and the Minnesota bridge to learn how and why they collapsed. Forsenics is a highly specialized field which requires high levels of experience and training. This is why it suffers from shortages of qualified people.

  5. Environmental Disaster clean up and remediation professionals: Disaster clean up and remediation has become a major industry because of  accidents, natural disaster and terrorism. Not only is there a shortage of engineers and scientists but there is a shortage of technicians as well. The technical staff will have a number of different education and training levels but all will be trained in hazardous and industrial waste disposal. Two of the best certifications for hazardous waste disposal is Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM) or Certified Hazardous Material Practitioner (CHMP) which are handled by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). There are also EPA, private company and state sponsored programs which provide this training.

  7. Environmental and Habitat Restoration professionals: Biologists, botanists, ecologists, landscapers and veterinary professionals will play a vital role in the recovery of the environmentally impacted shoreline and injured animal populations. The after effects of the oil spill will have to be monitored and studied for years after the event. The restoration efforts will even extend from the land out to the ocean depths to mitigate any future impacts from the Oil Spill. These long-term assignments are usually funded by the company responsible for the disaster and the federal government.

What You Should Consider

Environmental crises and disasters are an unfortunate part of life. But their blow can be lessened by dedicated professionals who ensure the situation does not happen again and restore the impacted habitat close to its natural state.  If you are looking for a career that will make a difference in the environment and people’s lives, look at these. Thanks


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5 Knowledge Areas Needed For Success In Green Buildings Market

 The Green Buildings market will surge forward as building design, professionals, corporations, contractors and real estate professionals upgrade older buildings over next 10 years. To reach this goal, it will be essential for these professionals to have the knowledge and skills needed to deliver successful projects. Here are a few things we see that will be important in the coming years.

  1. Building Information Modeling (BIM)/ 3D Computer Aided Design: BIM allows buildings to be designed in 3D environments where professionals and owners can “tour” the building and visualize the construction of building at different levels before construction starts. BIM, if used properly, allow design professionals and owners to choose building materials; resolve construction issues and avert cost overruns. Professionals who have “hands on” experience with BIM will be in demand.
  2. Estimating/Scheduling:In these post recession times, man hours and materials are expensive commodities. Estimating and scheduling professionals who understand how to negotiate prices, procure the sustainable and recycled materials and resolve scheduling issues will be in high demand. (See our article on the 7 Hottest Certifications For 2010 ).
  3. Energy/Facility Management: The true value of a green building is in how it operates and saves resources. Energy and Facility managers will be tasked with making sure green buildings operate within LEED standards by managing billing rates, building automation systems, construction, maintenance and resource consumption. The federal government has already start hiring energy managers for military facilities. (See our article 27 Areas of Potential Job Growth).
  4. Construction Management: Construction Management is a critical component of any green building project. Construction managers must be adept at managing employees, efficiently using  resources and troubleshooting construction issues while maintaining profitability.
  5. Building Systems Maintenance: Many green buildings have advanced computerized automation systems, climate control and on-site power generation.In order to repair these systems, Facility Managers and Maintenance professionals will have to be skilled craftpeople as well as adept information technologists. Those who can fix power generators, HVAC, water purification systems and do routine maintenance who see ample opportunities in the coming years.

These are some the knowledge areas that green building professionals will need for future job opportunities. Thanks for reading

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The Environmental and Infrastructure Job Markets Are Heating Up. Are You Ready To Jump In?

I am sure that many of you have heard the political rancor over Green and Stimulus related jobs. Whether you agree or disagree with how many jobs were “saved” versus  “created” from the stimulus bill, there is a positive trend in the economy worth talking about: Environmental and Infrastructure job openings are heating up.

Different from manufacturing and other career fields, there has been acute shortage of workers in these industries for years and plenty of work to be done. (See ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card).  The Minnesota bridge collapse; potholes in the streets; traffic congestion; dilapidated buildings and contaminated factory sites  are all reminders that our environmental and infrastructure problems must to be addressed (check out this documentary on America’s Infrastructure).

Once the money starts flowing again, these industries will go back to their “normal” short of people and overwhelmed with work.  Here are some suggestions that job seekers should consider when weighing their options:

  • If you are considering going back to college for a degree consider a civil, environmental engineering or science degree.
  • If a degree is out of the question and consider a class in CAD (Drafting) or becoming an environmental technician.

Here are some more fields where potential growth may occur as the economy picks up. Consider these areas as part of your career assessment.

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Green, Infrastructure and Stimulus Job Alert from Hinton Human Capital Jobs

Hinton Human Capital has a number of “Hot jobs” to fill in the first quarter of 2010. Many of these opportunities are related to stimulus or infrastructure projects around the country. Our goal is to fill all of our openings in the next 120 days.

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