Hot Job Alert:National Architecture Business Leader

Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Climate Change, Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for National Architecture Business Leader for a national architecture/engineering consulting firm. Ideal candidate will have at least 20 years of demonstrated experience in management and design of building projects for federal, healthcare, and/or education clients plus the following skills and abilities:

  • Lead and direct business development and marketing activities in K-12 Education, Higher Education, Healthcare, Federal Facilities (DOD & Civilian Agencies), Retail, Hospitality, Industrial, and Commercial/Office markets based on corporate business strategies and market conditions on the national, regional and local level.
  • Strong knowledge of design/build and alternate delivery methods
  • Strong knowledge of LEED Certification Standards and regulations
  • Manage and lead multidisciplinary teams in the pursuit and delivery of projects
  • Possess business operations and financial management experience
  • Cross sell services with other business units such as Construction, Water and Transportation
  • Hire, develop and mentor staff in multiple locations


  • Bachelors and/or Masters Degree in Architecture
  • Registered architect with NCARB accreditation is required
  • MBA is a strong plus
  • LEED Certification is a strong plus
  • This position can located anywhere in the US office footprint


Apply Here

Focus On Certifications: How Can a Certification Help My Green Job Search?

This series of posts are devoted to share information on certifications and licenses that are in demand in the green, environmental and infrastructure fields. My goal is to help job seekers to understand the role of education and certification in their careers and how they can use it to position themselves for better opportunities. Disclaimer: Hinton Human Capital is not a paid official endorser of AACE  or ASPE nor does Hinton Human Capital derive any income or endorsements from any certification mentioned on our blog. These articles are for informational purposes only. Your experience and individual situation may differ. Join me

In the time since I wrote the article “12 Licenses and Certifications You Will Need in The Green Economy, people have asked me a number questions about certifications and their importance to employers in the green, environmental and infrastructure job market. I have been asked questions like : “How will a certification help me in my green job search?  How does a certification help me from an educational standpoint? Are employers really looking for these certifications?” I am going answer these questions over my next series of posts but today I am going talk about the first question.

Why a Certification Can Help Your Green, Environmental and Infrastructure Job Search:

I recently had conversation with a gentleman ( we will call him Rick for reference) who wanted to transition from construction to alternative energy. His current company was heading downhill because of the recession and he was feeling the pressure.  He had moved into an operations management role four years ago after fifteen years as an estimator which, in his mind, made him vulnerable to a layoff.  

After fifteen minutes of conversation, Rick told me his issue with his job search: His network was thin and he was having a hard getting his resume noticed by potential employers. I told Rick that he may not have to take as big of a step back as he thought. He could possibly seek the Certified Estimating Professional (CPE) designation offered by the AACE or the Certified Professional Estimator offered by ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators).  Here is how the certification could help him and possibly you in your job search:

Certifications can build on existing or update old experience

One of the important things to remember about a certification is a certification can build on your existing experience or update your old experience. Many of the green, environmental and infrastructure projects such as green buildings, environmental clean up, SMART Grid, solar, water infrastructure and wind power are new construction projects funded by government money. Due to the regulation changes in accounting  and government funding, companies involved in these projects have to keep strict tabs on project costs. Professional Estimators are key people in instituting and monitoring cost controls. They collect information on the costs of materials, labor and time which can doom a project if they are fully researched. This information is used by banks, building owners, investors, procurement managers and contractors to determine the cost, profitability and return on investment on a project As the economy recovers, it projected that estimators will be in high demand due to a large numbers of green and infrastructure projects and low numbers of qualified professionals.( See more information on Estimating as career)

Let’s get back to Rick. Rick already had a college degree and good estimating experience but he did not think about getting a certification as a route to network with potential employers. As we finished our conversation I shared the following information with Rick to help his decision: When employers are looking to hire a new person they are looking for the following:

  • A person who  has knowledge and skills that can be used immediately (People who do not need training)
  • A person who have direct relationships with their target clientele/market (Someone who can sell products and services to a specific group of clients)
  • A person who has experience or expertise to create efficiency (People who can manage projects, administration, financials, people and policy)

 Rick’s old estimating experience positioned him as a person who met two of the three criteria. Take a look at your background and determine where you are positioned.

Certifications can change the level and scope of networking opportunities

Rick needed an opportunity to network with new companies who were looking to hire people with estimating experience. To see how the certification could help,  Rick and I pulled up the The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering  (AACE) website. Here is what we found:

  1. There were 59 recognized corporate sponsors for this association. All of the companies were well-known companies in their industries.  Companies who are willing to put their name and money behind a certification are an important part of validating its value and significance. These companies should be first on  any job search list.
  2. There was an international directory of certified professionals. Networking is still the best way to find a job and directory of names will give Rick an advantage when contacting companies about positions. Personal relationships can help ensure that his resume gets to the right people in an organization.
  3. There was a regularly scheduled annual meeting where members could participate in forums, submit papers and interact with companies who were exhibitors. If Rick goes to the conference, he will meet a large number of people who can provide him leads in his job search.

A Word of Warning: Investigate Before You Invest

A certification does not guarantee a job but it can enhance your opportunity to find one. In this age of “diploma mills” and education scams, it is important to investigate an organization or institution before investing money in an education program. Here are some important questions to research before going through a certification program:

  • Is it fully accredited?
  • Is there an established professional community behind the certification, degree or training?
  • Are there companies or consumers who value this expertise?
  • What is the outlook for employment?
  • Who are the major employers of people with this certification ?
  • Are there job postings and recruiters in this space?
  • What are the salary ranges for the jobs?
  • Do you know anyone who has taken this course?
  • Is there a local professional networking group?
  • Are the top employers in the industry involved in the group as sponsors or participants?
  • Can I find other people with these certifications, licenses and training on social media networks?
  • Is there a directory of professionals with listings of local, national or international contacts?
  • Is the association certified as non-profit or not for profit entity?

Rick’s Action List

 Here is what Rick had to do after our call.

  1. Determine which certification fits his career goals (AACE or ASPE)
  2. Study the certification materials and pass the exam
  3. Update his resume and put his name in the directory
  4. Begin developing relationships with CPE professionals in his local area and region
  5. Find out which employers in his local area actively recruit CPE
  6. Find job postings through the association website
  7. Plan to attend local chapter events, continuing education classes and the annual meeting

What is your action list? What did you learn from this article? Send me your comments.

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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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11 Hot Infrastructure Jobs You Can Get Without a 4 Year College Degree

Ok, Stephen. What’s up with this?

I am glad you asked. This article is intended to tell the public about some career fields they may have not considered. Why? These types of jobs do not normally require a college degree and have shortages of workers in good times. Further, the emphasis on LEED certified projects will make these jobs even more attractive to those who want get in on the “ground floor” and work their way into construction management.  The stimulus related projects will also cause the need for these people to ramp up substantially. Don’t believe me?  Check out the facts.

Highway/Roadway Bridge Inspectors: Bridge Inspectors must have a keen understanding of construction codes and techniques to make sure bridges are structurally sound. They are also responsible for assessing the condition of these structures over time to make sure they receive proper maintenance and meet safety standards. Here is why this job will hot: 77,000 bridges in the US need extensive repairs or replacement. This not a typo or a manufactured statement. It is real. Check out the stats here.

There are also other inspector jobs that are expected to grow as the “shovel ready” projects get underway:

  • Electrical Inspectors
  • Plumbing Inspectors
  • Public Works Inspectors

Civil and Environment Engineering Technicians: Civil and Environmental engineering technicians help engineers in the design and specification of infrastructure projects such as water treatment facilities and/or environmental remediation systems. Over the next three decades, the infrastructure of the United States will have to undergo a major overhaul. Some other titles which fall under this field are:

  • CADD Technician
  • Hazardous Waste Technician
  • Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

Surveyors and Mapping Technicians: If you have read some of my earlier articles, you have seen this occupation before. The positions in this industry are going to pickup as projects get underway. Further, surveyors are in short supply in many parts of the country. 

It is your turn: Is there a job in the Climate Change, Environmental or Infrastructure field  that peaks your interest? Ask us a question. Our job is not only help place professionals in jobs but to inform the public about these overlooked careers. If you are considering a green, environmental or infrastructure job with a certification, degree or training, check our e-book: Is It Worth The Green? before you invest.

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The Best of Hinton Human Capital Blog 2009

I promised my wife that Hinton Human Capital blog would have a great impact on my company and our lives. So far, we have been surprised by the amount of traffic; comments and great customers we have met. 

 As you know, economic recovery is not a speedy process but there are positive signs that things are changing. The whole premise of our articles and blog is to tell the public about jobs , certifications and licenses and job search strategy which will help position them for success. We honestly did not think there would be much interest in our topics but all of you have told us differently. Now we want to hear from you again. We want you to tell us how our articles have helped and informed you.

Here are our picks for 2009. Please give us yours.

  1.  The 7 Hottest Certfications for The 2010 Economy Recovery
  2. The 12 Certifications and Licenses You Will Need in the Green Economy
  3. 6 Things Green Company Hiring Managers Want to See on Your Resume (Green Economy Post)
  4. 9 Encouraging Things to Say to a Discouraged Jobseeker
  5. 27 Areas of Potential Job Growth in the Green Economy  
  6. Another Shade of Green: Top 5 Hot Financial Jobs in The Green Economy
  7. It’s Not Easy Being  Blue, Brown and Green

Need a resume that showcases your talents?  Not sure how to show your new green job training or degree on paper?

 Try Hinton Human Capital’s Resume Writing Services– We speak GREEN

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.

We are asking  job seekers to do the following:

  1. Subscribe to Hinton Human Capital Blog for updates on the job market and the hottest jobs.
  2. Spread the word to your networks on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In and other social media sites.
  3. Apply online at the link below

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Green Certifications Can Pay Off In Great Jobs

Many people who have read my articles about Certifications and Licenses wonder if getting them really pays off.  Let me assuage your doubt and/or skepticism. With the prospects of a “Jobless” recovery over the next year to 18 months, now is a good time to invest in some new skills and education to put yourself in position to prosper. (If you are unsure which certification is right for you see our new e-book)

The most important thing to remember in your job search is to position yourself in the path of investment dollars are flowing. In plain english: Money always flows toward opportunity.  One of the big areas of investment for the Federal government is Energy Management. Energy Management uses technology, best practices and green construction to help buildings or types of facilities maximize their energy usage. Many EM positions require the LEED AP certification.

If you are undecided if this certification is worth it, here is some evidence that the LEED AP certification can pay off. Here is a job posting from one of Hinton Human Capital’s business partners that will get your attention. Check it out. Don’t forget to make sure your resume ready.

Energy Management Job: Shipboard REM/Energy Manager Services Job, 8A Energy Services Company – TCEJobStop.