Airbnb is hiring a

Senior Principal Executive Recruiter

Seattle, United States

Airbnb is a mission-driven company dedicated to helping create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. It takes a unified team committed to our core values to achieve this goal. Airbnb's various functions embody the company's innovative spirit and our fast-moving team is committed to leading as a 21st century company.

Building diverse teams and leading people are the most important responsibilities of Airbnb’s senior leadership team.  We need leaders who can boldly set strategy and lead with integrity and empathy. To find these special leaders, we are expanding our in-house Executive Recruiting team.  We are seeking an experienced senior-level recruiter to lead C-level client engagements and manage searches across a variety of business units and functions.  This person will be responsible for both leading internal searches as well as partnering with search firms to effectively drive searches to completion, while providing exceptional candidate and hiring manager experience.

The ideal candidate will have experience leading senior-most searches across different business functions. This person will be a strategic talent advisor to their hiring teams, and will come to the table with an informed point-of-view on the talent pool, interview best practices, assessment criteria and competitive market.  This person will have extremely sound professional judgement and will be able to adapt to various situations quickly and with agility. And as a senior member of Airbnb’s Executive Recruiting team, the successful candidate will take an active role in mentoring and developing other team members.

This is an incredible opportunity to build something from the ground up and have a tremendous impact as Airbnb grows.  


  • Partner with Executive Recruiting Lead to build and evolve the Executive Recruiting function at Airbnb
  • Become the trusted talent advisor for Airbnb’s senior leadership and executive team members
  • Lead searches for senior leadership roles across a variety of functions from concept to successful close
  • Conduct thorough, exhaustive research and build the market maps to uncover top talent that could be a great fit for Airbnb presently or in the future
  • Develop relationships and maintain contact with top talent for both current and future opportunities at Airbnb through events, 1x1 meetings and 1-to-many communication strategies
  • Engage passive candidates to get them excited about potential opportunities at Airbnb
  • Ability to continue to develop the practices and processes that would build on the executive recruiting function in its current iteration
  • Host executive candidates throughout the interview process ensuring they have an exceptional candidate experience
  • As a recruiting partner, this recruiter will be working very closely with the talent team and potentially weigh in on org design or development conversations
  • Create and maintain executive recruiting reports and drive relevant search analytics 

Required Skills/Experiences

  • 12+ years of recruiting experience, particularly recruiting executives and senior level hires.  Ideally, a mix of agency and in-house roles.
  • Proven track record of building trust and credibility with senior executives, preferably up to the Founder level
  • Strong consulting skills with demonstrated ability to successfully influence stakeholders at the most senior levels of the organization and, occasionally, with board members
  • Maintains a high-degree of skill in candidate research (research strategy, discipline, and execution)
  • Have the potential to lead a small team as the function continues to grow and evolve
  • Exceptional communication skills and professional judgement
  • Ability to cut through complexity and deliver results, particularly under ever-changing circumstances
  • Ability and agility to thrive in a constantly changing and evolving environment
  • Resilient and resourceful.