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Associate Director of SEO

Hi there!

Thanks for your interest in Powered by Search. We are currently looking for a first-class Associate Director of SEO, is that you?

Before you say yes, ask yourself:

  • Do you want to share the best strategies and SEO secrets with peers who are as bright as you?
  • Are you strategic, analytical, and communicate your ideas with ease?
  • Can you interpret data critically and craft a story around it?
  • Does thinking about your team’s success fill you with passion and enthusiasm?
  • Do you love tracking KPI’s, and holding your team accountable for hitting them?
  • But most of all, are you able to separate what needs to be done from what can be done, focusing on the 20% of activities that generate 80% of the results.

You’ll know you are right for this amazing opportunity if you have:

  • At least 5 years of experience managing organic and local search efforts for Fortune-1000 websites.
  • A proven track record of managing and leading an Organic Search team to success.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive maximum organic and local search performance including Technical SEO, Content Marketing, and Digital PR.
  • Expertise managing SEO for large websites on CMS' such as WordPress, Adobe Experience Manager, Shopify and server architectures such as Apache, Nginx and IIS.
  • Expertise with Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics, and call tracking platforms.
  • Highly skilled with custom analytics reporting, .htaccess file management, website crawling, content optimization, local listings management, schema markup, mobile SEO, and more.
  • Experience with highly advanced and complex SEO projects including enterprise website migrations, international SEO, and dynamic content serving.

Some competencies you’ll need to have:


  • Digital Marketing Fundamentals: You are certified in Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Facebook Blueprint, and HubSpot.
  • Critical Thinking: You are able to synthesize and execute on 80/20 strategies in your role. You think holistically and understand how your actions impact other areas of the organization.
  • Project Management: Large and complex projects are kept organized, within scope, and on-time. You are able to proactively resolve project risks and expertly handle objections.
  • Reporting & Analytics: You are able to analyze and manipulate large sets of data to create easy-to-understand reports. Your have advanced Excel skills and are able to simplify data with pivot tables, macros, vlookup, and APIs. You have intermediate knowledge of Adobe Analytics and Google Tag Manager.
  • Communication: You are able to communicate complex data in a simple manner and craft a story around it to lead to business insights. You have strong presentation skills and are comfortable speaking in front of small audiences.
  • Coaching: You actively coach your direct reports to think more critically, be more resourceful, and continuously learn. Your leadership and support encourages maximum performance and happiness. You ask more questions than you give answers while directing your team from a position of confident expertise.
  • Emotional Intelligence: You are a trusted authority in your department. You are calm and collected in the majority of situations. You are confident and decisive in your choices.
  • Strategy & Innovation: You are able to manage and improve on the performance, P&L, and strategy of your department by following and advocating core systems. You are an effective strategic thinker that consistently acts with departmental and organizational goals in mind.

Results you’ll be expected to drive:

Reporting to the Director of Operations, you will be expected to:

  • Maintain an 80% or greater success rate on organic search pod and individual OKRs through effective and continuous coaching & training.
  • Drive organic search pod performance by developing and innovating on Powered by Search's SEO systems.
  • Ensure 100% pod-wide adoption of operational and SEO systems.
  • Ensure consistently timely and high quality deliverables from the organic search pod that align to client goals.

Now that you know a little bit more about the role, here is why working with us is a competitive opportunity:

  • People join Powered by Search because they want to belong to a team that is winning and growing. We are the fastest growing digital marketing agency in Canada, and serve some of the biggest brands worldwide. We also plan to triple in growth over the next 3 years.
  • We’re home to the brightest and smartest marketers in Toronto. If you get hired at Powered by Search it’s because you are amazing at what you do. Powered by Search employees are digital marketing thought-leaders. We run regular meetups, conferences, webinars, and publish value-packed content.  
  • People join Powered by Search because they want to work in our amazing space.  Powered by Search’s office is a stunning open concept brick and beam space that is conveniently located across from the Eaton Centre on Yonge St. making it super easy to get to. When you walk into Powered by Search’s office, you’ll feel the buzz from our fun and energetic space.

If you thrive in a “work hard, play hard” environment, then you’ll love working at Powered by Search.

Perks & Benefits

We’re not trying to brag, but there are few places that offer as many perks and benefits as Powered by Search does.  

To highlight a few:

  • We offer the most competitive salaries
  • Comprehensive health, dental, and eye care
  • Flexible Hours (with work from home days and summer hours)
  • 5 Weeks paid vacation (for everyone!)
  • Spot bonuses every quarter
  • Casual dress code
  • Paid social outings & events
  • Paid training (school, events, conferences)

If the above got you excited (and we mean, like, really REALLY excited) then we definitely want to hear from you!

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