Director, Executive Search @ Keynote Search

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Be part of an organization that is forging a new direction in the recruitment industry by continually challenging the status quo and raising the standards at which the company operates

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Flexible, fast-paced and collaborative culture under leadership that is exceedingly committed to facilitating your continued success and growth in this role

Extensive Onboarding

All new Keynote employees get to experience our Post Placement Integration Program firsthand to facilitate their integration and accelerate their performance

Director, Executive Search @ Keynote Search

Company: Keynote Search

Position: Director, Executive Search

Location: Toronto, ON

Keynote Search was founded to give employers a better and more professional alternative to contingent recruiting firms. After successful careers in the recruiting industry, Donna and James Baker founded Keynote Search in Ottawa and have grown the company year-on-year since 2015. Today, the company operates exclusively on a retained business model that allows its team to Find the right candidates for executive roles, ensure that they will Fit well with the company’s culture, and give them the onboarding experience to help them Perform at an elite level. Over the past seven years, Keynote Search has established itself as Ottawa’s premier executive search firms and has been recognized not only as one of Ottawa’s Fastest Growing businesses two years in a row, but also as an exceptional place to work in 2018 when the company won an Employee’s Choice Award. With a strong and focused leadership team, Keynote Search has successfully expanded into several new markets, perhaps most critically by opening their Toronto operations. The Toronto operations of Keynote Search are poised to scale its operations further with the addition of elite-level talent to work with its formidable client base. While the company has experienced high growth levels and earned a reputation as one of Ottawa’s best run businesses, the entire team at Keynote Search takes great pride in continuing this success in the Toronto market. A key element of continuing this growth into new markets will be the welcoming of a Director, Executive Search to the Toronto office.

Skills & Experience


7+ years' experience in executive search or contingent recruiting with a proven track record in leading senior level searches for private sector clients


You will have a University degree within a relevant field that afforded you the opportunity to develop your strength in communication and research


Transparent, accountable and professional individual who can balance the responsibilities of the role with your ability to enjoy the day-to-day with your team


Experienced in leading small teams and you are excited by the prospect of mentoring and developing a team under your leadership

Summary of the Role

Reporting directly to the Managing Partner, you will play a critical role in ensuring that client search projects are delivered to the highest standard.

Your primary responsibility will be to manage senior-level search projects from start to finish by engaging with clients and working internally with the Keynote Search team to recruit and market to executive candidates. While leading a diverse portfolio of projects, you will also be responsible for leading, mentoring and developing the team of associates under yourself.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to work with an experienced team from a variety of backgrounds that strives to achieve a singular goal – to become the best executive search firm in Canada. As a member of the Keynote Search team, you will have direct contact with clients and be given the autonomy to manage your own projects and resources. With a high degree of business intelligence and a focus on concierge-level service, you will liaise with both clients and candidates as you source, evaluate, interview and ultimately recommend people for business-critical hires.

In addition to direct contact with high-profile clients, you will be encouraged and given the space to engage in your own business development activities to establish yourself as one of Toronto’s elite executive search consultants. As an expert in the Toronto market, you will leverage your industry knowledge and connections to develop and liaise with potential clients. Your expertise will be integral to the successful execution of Toronto’s growth strategy in this new market, especially when it comes to increasing Keynote’s presence and notability.


Keynote Search is committed to maintaining equal opportunity recruiting processes that promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the equal treatment of all current and prospective candidates. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on age, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations where we operate. This policy applies to all recruitment and integration practices within our organization. Keynote Search makes hiring recommendations based solely on qualifications, merit, and the business needs of our client(s) at the time. We will endeavour to make reasonable accommodations throughout our recruiting processes for candidates that require such assistance. If you believe you require such assistance to complete or participate in any stage of our recruitment process, please let us know.

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