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Collaborate with dynamic thinkers focused on meaningful work; hone your professional craft through continuous learning; have an impact in creating places that enrich lives and inspire positive change. Sustainable placemaking is our mission. We continue to build on this passion by nurturing a sustainable workplace and our employee ownership culture.

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Each year, SERA’s provides 10 to 15- week internships for students pursuing degrees in architecture and urban design and planning. Learn more and apply below.

Employee Benefits

Health Care
Our benefits package ranks in the top 10% of our industry. In addition to our holistic medical, dental and vision package, all employees receive massage, chiropractor and acupuncture benefits.
Time Off
We offer generous paid time off because work/life balance is important to us. We trust employees to manage their workloads and take time off to recharge.
Commuter Benefits
Employees receive free monthly transit passes or an equivalent commuter bonus for walking, biking or carpooling to work.
Competitive Pay
We offer our employees salaries that compete with leading firms in our industry. We recognize, reward and promote based on individual initiative, desire to grow, and contributions to the firm.
Employee Ownership
SERA is committed to employees for the long term, which is why we’re 100% employee-owned. The longer you contribute, the greater your vesting in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
401K Match
Our employees enjoy both a pension and 401K. With the 401K plan, there’s no vesting schedule. You own the company match from the day you begin contributing.

Perks of the Job

Open Positions

Senior Architectural Designer
Portland, OR

A Senior Architectural Designer is used to refer to anyone responsible for conceiving of, creating, and implementing ideas that affect human cultural, social, technological, scientific, or financial systems at any scale while serving in a project and firm leadership capacity. At this level, the Senior Architectural Designer will make decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have an important and/ or significant impact on extensive architectural activities. The Senior Design Architect’s skills and expertise will provide significant guidance by defining and setting the project direction.   
 

About SERA 
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.    

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. 


Job Title: Senior Architectural Designer 
Reports To: Studio Leader/PIC 
FLSA Status: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities 
   Primary

  1. Advance creative design direction for the project team this could include but is not limited to; project pursuit, client meetings, stakeholder engagement and project delivery.
  2. Be an active listener and inspire project teams.
  3. Responsible for originating, leading and generating overall design direction for project teams.
  4. Must be able to rapidly explore a multitude of design options that solve design problems in various ways that are in compliance with applicable jurisdictional requirements.
  5. Actively engage with project team, consultants, clients, public entities, and the community at large when required to advance project design concepts and details.
  6. Supervise, plan, collaborate and review work with team members. This includes mentoring of staff on project teams.
  7. Convey design solutions and communicate effectively to project team, client and general public.
  8. Provide innovative solutions that are sound, founded in deep architectural practice theory and consistently align with SERA’s organizational mission, vision and core values.
  9. Initiate and maintain extensive contacts with key architects and officials of other organizations and companies, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues.
  10. Deliver iterative design ideas that meet project goals including project schedules, budgets, applicable codes, in addition to advancing organization mission, vision and core values.
  11. Understand and adhere to the project's contract requirements. Provide attention to detail at areas of higher risk or deemed critical for the success of the project.
  12. Use the building code to develop architectural solutions. Provide code interpretations that are advantageous for the project and client.
  13. Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and mature architectural judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented architectural problems, determining program objectives and requirements, organizing programs and projects, and developing standards and guides for diverse architectural activities. 
  14. Generate and supervises design presentations.
  15. Advance work to be recognized as an expert/leader and authority in the company in a broad area of expertise or in a narrow but narrowly specialized field.
  16. Promote firm and project goals of excellence in design, execution and sustainability.
  17. Be a recognized expert and essential resource to other SERA staff.

   Additional

  1. Responsible for staying actively involved throughout the construction document process to support design development and delivery of projects. 
  2. Perform design review of design documents on several concurrent projects.
  3. Deliver conceptual design ideas with both graphic and written communication skill sets that are technical, clear, and concise.
  4. Show an open and willing desire for teaching and mentoring junior designers.
  5. Take on leadership roles in the office for a variety of assignments, either temporary or permanent. 
  6. Fosters and advances a community design culture through commitment to design both inside and outside of the office.
  7. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  8. Actively participate in and lead market sector business development pursuits.
  9. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience

  • Requires either a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture degree or a 6 year Masters of Architecture degree from an NCARB accredited university or international equivalent.
  • Licensed architect with a NCARB certificate is required. Generally have 12+ years of experience.
  • Candidate should have documented proof of design solutions including conceptual ideas, design development details and construction documents created as designer/project architect/architectural designer.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite required.
  • LEEP AP within 1 year of hire. 
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possesses advanced knowledge of the OSSC/ADAAG and the ability to achieve the intent of the code through, creative design solutions, variances and/or appeals.
  • Strong working knowledge of sustainable building design.
  • Possesses knowledge of other codes and/or guidelines such as NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI, and the USGBC LEED Rating system.
  • Knowledge of Sketchup, Rhino, Grasshopper, and hand graphic skills preferred.
  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • High level of creativity, innovative thinking, and problem solving.
  • Advanced ability to objectively analyze and document critical items for project sites that should serve as the foundational basis for place based design solutions.
  • Advanced ability to deliver innovative design and concept thinking skills in various graphic formats including both digital and hand drawings.
  • Advanced ability to work in an independent setting as well as a collaborative team member that is highly productive and effective.
  • Advanced ability to advance personal and team member growth in line with SERA goals and mission.
  • Advanced ability to design innovative process delivery methods that match the needs of the client and or project.
  • Advanced ability to engage and coordinate cross discipline expertise within other SERA staff including but not limited to Urban Planning, Interior design, Landscape Architecture, and SURG.
  • Familiarity with trends in the A/E/C industry.  
     

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Architectural Project Manager
Portland, OR

At this level, the project manager will organize and lead projects which are larger in terms of complexity and scope, or manage multiple projects which are smaller in terms of complexity and scope (with oversight from PIC).

The project manager works with owners and directs employees and consultants at all levels to ensure that proper steps and procedures are taken and that work is completed as planned, budgeted, scheduled and in conformance with the design intent and contract deliverables. The project manager will participate in office-wide initiatives aimed at improving or impacting practice, business operations or business development. The project manager’s skills and expertise will provide a resource for guidance for other projects and managers in the office. 
 

About SERA  
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.     

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team.


Job Title: Architectural Project Manager
Supervisor: Studio Leader/ PIC
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Supervise, coordinate, plan, and review the work of entire project teams. This includes the mentoring of staff on project teams.
  2. Build internal and external project team with skills/interests suited to the needs of the project.
  3. Define the unique goals and objectives required by the client and project team and the decision-making strategies and success metrics used to validate them.
  4. Prepare contracts and negotiations with oversight on unique issues.
  5. Prioritize goals, scope, and tasks to meet client needs and use teams effectively.
  6. Develop, articulate, define and execute the project scope, fees, and proposals for a wide variety of projects.
  7. Negotiate consultant’s scope, schedule and fees.
  8. Proactively communicate staffing needs and changes with staffing director/studio leaders.
  9. Proactively, organize and execute selected marketing and business development opportunities
  10. Work with PIC to ensure positive financial performance and manage risk exposure for the firm.  
  11. Keep abreast of and understand national trends in the A/E/C industry and how they apply to SERA culture, practices and processes.
  12. Keep abreast of and understand influences impacting SERA clients.
  13. Foster team morale, both internal and external while creating a collaborative team environment.
  14. Identify and leverage core skills and areas of interest for staff, providing opportunities for growth and development.
  15. Confirm that project goals are carried out and reinforced through design, technical, and cost decisions, both internally and externally.
  16. Provide support to ensure project meets office standards for design, documentation, technical performance, Revit, and graphics.
  17. Manage changes in scope, schedule and fee throughout the project to ensure project success.

   Additional

  1. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.
  2. Participate in employee review process for all team members.
  3. Participate in updates to standards, processes, and project delivery at SERA.
  4. Participation in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  5. Monitor construction administration during construction phase.
  6. Develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, contractors, and jurisdictional/approval agencies.
  7. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Architectural License is preferred.
  • Generally have 12+ years of experience.
  • LEED AP Preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Established knowledge of accounting and project management software.
  • Possesses knowledge of the OSSC/ ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals. 
  • Possesses knowledge of drawing and production software (understanding of capabilities, requirements, and impact on project documentation strategy).
  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Established knowledge of available tools. 
  • Advanced ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Advanced critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem independently.
  • Advanced professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Advanced leadership skills that motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.
  • Advanced skills necessary to resolve conflicts within project teams.
  • Advanced ability to negotiate with and/ or advocate for team members, consultants, clients, jurisdictions for the benefit of SERA and the project.
  • Strong knowledge of design, construction systems, sustainability, project delivery methodologies (IPD), material application, and manufacturer-supplier appropriateness.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interior Design Project Manager
Portland, OR

At this level, the interiors project manager/designer will organize and lead projects which are moderate in terms of complexity and scope, with oversight from PIC. The interiors project manager/designer works with owners and directs employees and consultants at all levels to ensure that proper steps and procedures are taken and that work is completed as planned, budgeted, scheduled and in conformance with the design intent and contract deliverables. The interiors project manager/designer will coordinate closely and in collaboration with the architectural project manager and team on projects. The interiors project manager/designer will participate in office-wide initiatives aimed at improving or impacting practice, business operations or business development.

About SERA   
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.      

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team.


Job Title: Interiors Project Manager/Designer
Level: INT VI
Supervisor: Studio Leader/ PIC
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Supervise, coordinate, plan, and review the work of entire project teams. This includes the mentoring of staff on project teams.
  2. Build internal teams with skills/interests suited to the needs of the project. Contribute to building consultant teams.
  3. Define the unique goals and objectives required by the client and project team and the decision-making strategies and success metrics used to validate them.
  4. Ability to be the main client contact for a project and lead the client process.
  5. Develop, articulate, define, negotiate, and execute the project scope, fees, and proposals for a wide variety of projects.
  6. Assist in preparation of contracts and negotiations.
  7. Prioritize goals, scope, and tasks to meet client needs and use teams effectively.
  8. Proactively communicate staffing needs and changes with staffing director/studio leaders.
  9. May lead, organize and execute selected marketing and business development opportunities.
  10. Proactively work with and support the accounting department regarding project financials including project set up and/ or invoicing and collection efforts for projects.
  11. Foster team morale, both internal and external while creating a collaborative team environment.
  12. Provide strong leadership for the project assigned; create and organize work plans for interior design project team. Demonstrate through firm wide leadership by helping other design teams.
  13. Work with PIC and Studio Leader to Identify and leverage core skills and areas of interest for interiors staff, providing opportunities for growth and development.
  14. Work with PIC to confirm that project goals are carried out and reinforced through design, technical, and cost decisions, both internally and externally.
  15. Provide support to ensure project meets office standards for design, documentation, technical performance, Revit, and graphics.
  16. Work with PIC to manage changes in scope, schedule and fee throughout the project to ensure project success.
  17. Coordinate scope, schedule and project deliverables with the architectural project manager and team.
  18. Perform QA/QC.​

   Additional

  1. Participate in employee review process for team members.
  2. Participate in updates to standards, processes, and project delivery at SERA.
  3. Interest and/or engagement in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  4. Develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, and contractors.
  5. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Generally have 8+ years of experience.
  • NCIDQ required. 
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite, and Bluebeam required.
  • LEED AP Preferred.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Developing knowledge of accounting and project management software.
  • Possesses knowledge of the OSSC/ ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals. 
  • Possesses knowledge of drawing and production software (understanding of capabilities, requirements, and impact on project documentation strategy).
  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Established knowledge of available tools. 
  • Established ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Established critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem independently.
  • Established professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Established leadership skills that motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.
  • Established skills necessary to resolve conflicts within project teams.
  • Established ability to negotiate with and/ or advocate for team members, consultants, clients, jurisdictions for the benefit of SERA and the project.
  • Strong knowledge of design, construction systems, sustainability, project delivery methodologies (IPD), material application, and manufacturer-supplier appropriateness.

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Project Manager
Oakland, CA

At this level, the project manager will organize and lead projects which are larger in terms of complexity and scope, or manage multiple projects which are smaller in terms of complexity and scope (with oversight from PIC).

The project manager works with owners and directs employees and consultants at all levels to ensure that proper steps and procedures are taken and that work is completed as planned, budgeted, scheduled and in conformance with the design intent and contract deliverables. The project manager will participate in office-wide initiatives aimed at improving or impacting practice, business operations or business development. The project manager’s skills and expertise will provide a resource for guidance for other projects and managers in the office.  
 

About SERA  
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

The SERA Workplace team enables businesses and organizations to transform their vision, culture and objectives into purposeful built environments.  Our design team employs planning frameworks and outcome-based design strategies to maximize value in real estate solutions for sustainable design, interior environmental quality and space planning principles.  We create visually and spatially compelling places that engage the workforce and create a rich cultural experience.

Our Workplace team brings diverse professional skills in architecture, interior design and engineering to create solutions that enrich human health, performance and happiness for both local and global organizations. The work is high performance, high velocity, and highly collaborative. Our teams achieve their highest performance as integrated teams with owners and builders.  


Job Title: Architectural Project Manager
Supervisor: Studio Leader/ PIC
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Supervise, coordinate, plan, and review the work of entire project teams. This includes the mentoring of staff on project teams.
  2. Build internal and external project team with skills/interests suited to the needs of the project.
  3. Define the unique goals and objectives required by the client and project team and the decision-making strategies and success metrics used to validate them.
  4. Prepare contracts and negotiations with oversight on unique issues.
  5. Prioritize goals, scope, and tasks to meet client needs and use teams effectively.
  6. Develop, articulate, define and execute the project scope, fees, and proposals for a wide variety of projects.
  7. Negotiate consultant’s scope, schedule and fees.
  8. Proactively communicate staffing needs and changes with staffing director/studio leaders.
  9. Proactively, organize and execute selected marketing and business development opportunities
  10. Work with PIC to ensure positive financial performance and manage risk exposure for the firm.  
  11. Keep abreast of and understand national trends in the A/E/C industry and how they apply to SERA culture, practices and processes.
  12. Keep abreast of and understand influences impacting SERA clients.
  13. Foster team morale, both internal and external while creating a collaborative team environment.
  14. Identify and leverage core skills and areas of interest for staff, providing opportunities for growth and development.
  15. Confirm that project goals are carried out and reinforced through design, technical, and cost decisions, both internally and externally.
  16. Provide support to ensure project meets office standards for design, documentation, technical performance, Revit, and graphics.
  17. Manage changes in scope, schedule and fee throughout the project to ensure project success.

   Additional

  1. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.
  2. Participate in employee review process for all team members.
  3. Participate in updates to standards, processes, and project delivery at SERA.
  4. Participation in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  5. Monitor construction administration during construction phase.
  6. Develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, contractors, and jurisdictional/approval agencies.
  7. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Architectural License is preferred.
  • Generally have 12+ years of experience.
  • LEED AP Preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Established knowledge of accounting and project management software.
  • Possesses knowledge of the OSSC/ ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals. 
  • Possesses knowledge of drawing and production software (understanding of capabilities, requirements, and impact on project documentation strategy).
  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Established knowledge of available tools. 
  • Advanced ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Advanced critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem independently.
  • Advanced professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Advanced leadership skills that motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.
  • Advanced skills necessary to resolve conflicts within project teams.
  • Advanced ability to negotiate with and/ or advocate for team members, consultants, clients, jurisdictions for the benefit of SERA and the project.
  • Strong knowledge of design, construction systems, sustainability, project delivery methodologies (IPD), material application, and manufacturer-supplier appropriateness.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Project Architect
Portland, OR

This position will allow you to show case your technical expertise in a leadership capacity throughout the firm.  Your broad professional experience and deep industry knowledge will allow you to influence the practice of architecture within the firm.  Your ability to work with and guide teams will provide the basis for a stronger firm, profession and industry.

Our Civic Studio provides professional services to many federal, state, county and city governmental clients on a variety of project types, ranging from pre-design services and master planning to renovations and new buildings. This variety of work gives our teams an understanding of the unique needs, goals and objectives under which government entities work and ultimately design the facilities that support providing those services.


About SERA   
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.      

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team.


Job Title: Project Architect
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of multiple teams. This includes mentoring of staff on project teams.
  2. Use the building code to develop architectural plans by providing unique interpretations and fine points of departure that advance the practice of architecture.
  3. Support the project by interacting/ negotiating with jurisdictions that advance the practice of architecture through persuasive techniques to obtain building permits.
  4. Interact with the client to achieve project goals.  Proactively initiate potential solutions that advance the practice of architecture and SERA's Mission, Vision and Values.
  5. Understand and adhere to the project's contract requirements.  Provide attention to detail at areas of higher risk or deemed critical for the success of the project.
  6. Provide strong leadership for the project assigned.  Demonstrate firm wide leadership by helping other project architects and teams.
  7. Communicate project deadlines, phase completion, staffing needs and changes with project manager in a timely manner.  This includes morale of the team, client perception, and the ability to forecast short term project needs.
  8. Be a recognized expert and essential resource to other SERA staff.
  9. Develop, articulate, define and execute the project scope for a wide variety of projects.
  10. Perform QA/QC.
  11. Ability to lead, organize and execute marketing and business development opportunities.

   Additional

  1. May perform project management duties such as project work plan and schedule development for entire medium to large projects that are highly complex.
  2. May assist with and support the project manager, principal in charge and contracts/ legal/ risk/ accounting departments in negotiating and executing project contracts.  This would include the prime agreement with the client and any sub consultant contracts.
  3. Understand trends in the A/E/C industry and how they apply to SERA culture, practices and processes.
  4. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.
  5. Participate/ lead in the management review of subordinate staff.
  6. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  7. Engagement in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  8. The ability and desire to take leadership roles in the office for a variety of assignments, either temporary or permanent. 
  9. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Licensed architect is required. Generally have 12+ years of experience.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Bluebeam, and MS Office Suite required.
  • LEED AP Preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possesses advanced knowledge of the OSSC/ ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals. 
  • Possesses knowledge of other codes such as OMSC, OFC, NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI, City of Portland, etc. and the USGBC LEED rating system and score card.
  • Knowledge of Sketchup, SpecLink, Smartsheet, and Ajera preferred.
  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Advanced ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Advanced ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Advanced critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem independently.
  • Advanced professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Advanced leadership skills that motivate and inspire to guide teams and projects toward desired outcomes.
  • Established skills necessary to resolve conflicts within project teams.
  • Established ability to negotiate with and/ or advocate for team members, consultants, clients, jurisdictions for the benefit of SERA and the project.

 

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Job Captain
Portland, OR

This position leverages your great previous experience to allow you to grow professionally.  You will have the ability to work independently with some supervision. Opportunities include coordinating and directing less experienced staff to develop projects, independent research and/or the ability to deliver built projects through construction.

About SERA   
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.      

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team.


Job Title: Architectural Job Captain
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Understand and ensure adherence to SERA's graphic standards across team members.
  2. Create graphic presentations such as design review, client presentations and marketing collateral.
  3. Research and coordinate details regarding specific scopes of work and/ or sub consultants.
  4. Work with product vendors/ manufacturers to develop architectural details.  Coordinate with other team members and building systems/components.
  5. Ability to perform independent construction contract administration.
  6. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of 1-3 staff members.  This includes the mentoring of staff on project teams.
  7. Use the building code to develop architectural drawings. Provide code interpretations supporting the project objectives.
  8. Support the project by interacting with jurisdictions to obtain building permits.
  9. Interact with the client to achieve project goals.
  10. Familiarity and adherence to project contract requirements.

   Additional 

  1. Interact with other SERA resources to achieve project goals.
  2. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Generally have 4 - 7 years of industry experience in an architect's office.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office Suite required.
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Sketchup and Bluebeam preferred.
  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Established critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem with some supervision.
  • Develop professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Develop leadership skills that motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.
     

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interior Design Project Assist
Portland, OR

This is an entry level position for new or recent graduates who have little, limited or no work experience in the design profession.  Learning opportunities at this level are endless.  You will be able to work on a variety of project types in a variety of entry level roles, often working directly with principals or project managers.  You can experience a broad range of responsibility across various exciting projects. 

About SERA   
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.      

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team.

Job Title: Interior Design Project Assist 
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Create and modify plans as directed by others.
  2. Check own work prior to review by others.
  3. Understand and adhere to SERA’s graphic standards.
  4. Create graphic presentations. Such as client presentations and marketing collateral.
  5. Assist design lead in finish selections appropriate for the project type and use. 
  6. May be responsible for maintenance of Interior Library. 
  7. Meets with product reps. 

   Additional

  1. Coordinate specific details or work scope with sub consultants with supervision. 
  2. Work with product vendors/manufacturers’ to develop details with supervision.
  3. Navigate and understand how construction documents are assembled.
  4. Navigate and understand trends in the A/E/C industry. 
  5. Begin to understand how building codes affect building interior design. 
  6. Begin to understand architectural specifications and the project manual. 
  7. Attend client meetings with senior staff. 
  8. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Generally have 0 - 2 years of industry experience in an architect or interior design office.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office required.    
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Autodesk Revit, Sketchup, Bluebeam preferred.
  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Develop ability to determine the right tool for the task.
     

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

BIM Specialist
Portland, OR

Under the supervision of the BIM Manager, the BIM Specialist provides BIM training and support to SERA’s staff and projects.  The BIM Specialist assists in providing direction in emerging technologies associated with BIM and is responsible for researching and developing tools and workflows for process improvement, application plugins, and data integration with Revit. This position communicates current practices and procedures to project staff, and provides support for various design-related software applications.


About SERA   
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.    

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. 


Job Title: BIM Specialist
Department: Information Technology
Supervisor: BIM Manager
FLSA: Non-exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directly assist Revit users to efficiently produce high quality project deliverables.
  2. Assist in development of BIM “best practices” for SERA.
  3. Assist users with setting up new projects in Revit.
  4. Provide direct support via ticketing system to diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve Revit technical issues for all project teams.
  5. Assistance in development of, as well as responsibility for implementation of, departmental standards related to document production, archiving practices, auditing protocols, and project set-up.
  6. Track metrics associated with new workflow efficiencies.
  7. Research, learn, and implement new software that advances design & sustainability efforts.
  8. Other duties as assigned.

Candidate will be responsible for some of the following tasks as experience allows:

  • Assist with development of BIM training program; responsible for creating content for specific modules. Act as primary trainer for new Revit users, as well as providing continuing education for current Revit users.
  • Assist with development and tracking of training program metrics.
  • Develop workflow enhancements, content, and the integration of third-party software packages to Revit.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of a clash detection strategy across the entire firm.
  • Develop custom solutions via API and/or Dynamo in a production environment.
  • Develop, document, implement, and train users on workflows that integrate ArcGIS and/or Rhino data into Revit.
  • Assist with design software configuration, licensing, and deployment to workstations.
  • Assist with Revit Server administration and configuration.

Education and Experience

  • 2 year Technical Degree, or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years of BIM/Revit (Architecture) experience required.
  • Experience with the interaction between Revit and software used for solar analysis, daylighting, IES, and other LEED applications preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience providing Revit training, including how to create complex Revit families. Training experience should include in-person, remote access, one-on-one, and group formats. 
  • Experience in a Windows environment, remote desktop, VM services, and system troubleshooting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledgeable in multiple application platforms and complex systems, including Revit, AutoCAD, NavisWorks, 3D Studio Max, SketchUp, and Rhino.
  • Understanding of Revit worksharing and Revit Server/C4R.
  • Ability to troubleshoot Revit and project related issues.
  • Ability to create accurate, 3D parametric families for Revit.
  • Intermediate design and production skills required.
  • Ability to balance a wide array of tasks, responsibilities, and commitments efficiently and simultaneously
  • Exceptional customer service orientation.
  • Familiarity with using point clouds in Revit.
  • Flexibility in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to comfortably lift and carry 50 pounds; walk with / carry equipment upstairs as needed.


​​​​​​​SERA Architects Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Urban Designer
Oakland, CA

This position involves the organization and leadership of projects that are moderate in terms of complexity and scope. You have a diverse knowledge of planning principles and practices, and are able to apply this knowledge to a broad range of project types and tasks. You are able to combine innovative thinking and imaginative problem solving skills to bring contextual and place-based solutions to your projects. You will be able to guide projects, using your experience and professional judgement to craft the final outcome. As a leader within the Urban Design and Planning Studio, providing mentorship, cultivating a positive project experience, and fostering a collaborative environment for your teams and your studio are key elements of your role. You will be able to influence exciting projects across a wide variety of types and clients.


About SERA  
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.     

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. 
 

Job Title: Urban Designer
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

   Primary

  1. Active listener who effectively: leads moderate to large, multi-disciplinary project teams (approximately 3-8 staff); interfaces with client/subconsultants; and organizes project workflows to ensure that creative design direction, scope, schedule, and budget are met.
  2. Leads project content and creative direction, including graphic content (e.g., plans, diagrams, renderings, maps), and report layout and text.
  3. Leads project team meetings with clients/consultants; facilitates and/or presents at public/client meetings.
  4. Mentors staff on project teams, and cultivates a positive project experience and a collaborative team atmosphere.
  5. Prioritizes goals, scope, and tasks to meet client needs and use teams effectively.
  6. Proactively communicates staffing needs and changes with Studio Project Coordinator/Studio Leader.
  7. Works with PIC and Studio Leader to identify and leverage core skills and areas of interest for staff, providing opportunities for growth and development.
  8. Works with PIC to manage changes in scope, schedule, and fee throughout the project to ensure project success.
  9. Understands, and adheres to, the project's contract requirements.
  10. Plans and communicates project deadlines, phase completion, and staffing needs/changes with the project team(s), Studio Project Coordinator/Studio Leader, and PIC.

Additional

  1. Demonstrates an open and willing desire for collaborative design throughout the planning and design process, especially with less experienced staff.
  2. Is frequently the primary client interface.
  3. Provides constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  4. Keeps abreast of and understands national trends in the urban design and planning industry and how they apply to SERA culture, practices, and processes.
  5. Develops scopes, schedules, and budgets for project proposals, and assists with the preparation of proposal content. Contributes to overall studio marketing and business development strategies.
  6. Participates in the interview process for hiring new staff and the employee review process for team members.
  7. Working with SERA’s Accounting Department regarding project financials, project set-up, and invoicing.
  8. Other duties as assigned.

   Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture.
  • Generally has 8+ years of industry experience in a planning or design office.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, and MS Office Suite required.
  • AICP, or other accreditation, is encouraged.

   Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of urban planning / urban design best practices that can be applied to projects in collaboration with project team members.
  • Ability to objectively analyze and document critical planning/design elements that serve as the basis for place-based solutions.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain plans and concepts clearly to stakeholders, clients, community groups, technical review committees, public and elected officials, etc.
  • Written and graphic communication skills to clearly and succinctly explain urban design plans and concepts to a range of audiences.
  • Possesses group facilitation skills for use at Charrettes, community workshops, etc.
  • Knowledge of available tools.  
  • Ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines.
  • Critical thinking skills to identify strengths, weaknesses, or alternate solutions to a problem with limited supervision.
  • Professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to engage and coordinate cross-discipline expertise with other SERA staff, studios, and groups.
  • Demonstrates an open and willing desire to teach and mentor young planners/designers.
  • Knowledge of Rhino and Revit preferred.
  • Hand sketching skills preferred.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Urban Designer/Planner Project Assist
Oakland, CA

This position requires some experience within the planning and design profession. You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of project types in a variety of roles. You will gain valuable experience working on exciting projects to develop your research and technical capabilities. And you will have the opportunity to work directly with principals, senior planners, and project managers, as well as other teammates.


About SERA  
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.     

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team.
 

Job Title: Urban Design and Planning Project Assist 
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

   Primary

  1. Works under the guidance of senior planner, project manager, and/or principal to: conduct research; create and modify plans, diagrams, renderings, maps, drawings, reports, and presentations as directed by others; visually communicate project content; write text for project reports, presentations, and other written work products.
  2. Assists with preparation for public/client meetings, workshops / charrettes, and project team meetings.
  3. Coordinates specific tasks or deliverables with sub consultants with supervision.
  4. Assists senior planner/project manager to develop planning and design alternatives.
  5. Works on several projects or issues simultaneously.
  6. Works independently or in a team environment as needed.
  7. Attends to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  8. Checks own work prior to review by others.

   Additional

  1. Explain plans and concepts clearly to the public, consultants, and clients.
  2. Clearly and succinctly explain urban design plans and concepts to a range of audiences.
  3. Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined, practical problems.
  4. Coordinate tasks/deliverables with other team members and consultants with limited supervision.
  5. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture.
  • Generally has 2-3 years of industry experience in a planning or design office.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, and MS Office Suite required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Rhino and Revit preferred.
  • General knowledge of urban planning / urban design best practices
  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written, and graphic communication formats.
  • A developing ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Hand sketching skills preferred.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Project Architect
Oakland, CA

This position will allow you to show case your technical expertise in a leadership capacity throughout the firm.  Your broad professional experience and deep industry knowledge will allow you to influence the practice of architecture within the firm.  Your ability to work with and guide teams will provide the basis for a stronger firm, profession and industry.

About SERA  
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.     

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. 


Job Title: Project Architect
Level: ARC VII
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

   Primary

  1. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of multiple teams. This includes mentoring of staff on project teams.
  2. Use the building code to develop architectural plans by providing unique interpretations and fine points of departure that advance the practice of architecture.
  3. Support the project by interacting/ negotiating with jurisdictions that advance the practice of architecture through persuasive techniques to obtain building permits.
  4. Interact with the client to achieve project goals.  Proactively initiate potential solutions that advance the practice of architecture and SERA's Mission, Vision and Values.
  5. Understand and adhere to the project's contract requirements.  Provide attention to detail at areas of higher risk or deemed critical for the success of the project.
  6. Provide strong leadership for the project assigned.  Demonstrate firm wide leadership by helping other project architects and teams.
  7. Communicate project deadlines, phase completion, staffing needs and changes with project manager in a timely manner.  This includes morale of the team, client perception, and the ability to forecast short term project needs.
  8. Be a recognized expert and essential resource to other SERA staff.
  9. Develop, articulate, define and execute the project scope for a wide variety of projects.
  10. Perform QA/QC.
  11. Ability to lead, organize and execute marketing and business development opportunities.

   Additional

  1. May perform project management duties such as project work plan and schedule development for entire medium to large projects that are highly complex.
  2. May assist with and support the project manager, principal in charge and contracts/ legal/ risk/ accounting departments in negotiating and executing project contracts.  This would include the prime agreement with the client and any sub consultant contracts.
  3. Understand trends in the A/E/C industry and how they apply to SERA culture, practices and processes.
  4. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.
  5. Participate/ lead in the management review of subordinate staff.
  6. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  7. Engagement in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  8. The ability and desire to take leadership roles in the office for a variety of assignments, either temporary or permanent. 
  9. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Licensed architect is required. Generally have 12+ years of experience.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Bluebeam, and MS Office Suite required.
  • LEED AP Preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possesses advanced knowledge of the OSSC/ ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals. 
  • Possesses knowledge of other codes such as OMSC, OFC, NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI, City of Portland, etc. and the USGBC LEED rating system and score card.
  • Knowledge of Sketchup, SpecLink, Smartsheet, and Ajera preferred.
  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Advanced ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Advanced ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Advanced critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem independently.
  • Advanced professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Advanced leadership skills that motivate and inspire to guide teams and projects toward desired outcomes.
  • Established skills necessary to resolve conflicts within project teams.
  • Established ability to negotiate with and/ or advocate for team members, consultants, clients, jurisdictions for the benefit of SERA and the project.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Office Services Assistant
Portland, OR

Under supervision of the Manager of Contracts and Administration, this employee provides housekeeping, reception and back-office support for the smooth operations of the company. This position provides general administrative support to SERA staff and assists in special projects as needed.  The position includes general office housekeeping duties, miscellaneous errands (in and out of office), and on-call assistance.

About SERA    
SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the Silicon Valley.

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.       

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team.


Job Title: Office Services Assistant
Supervisor: Manager of Contracts and Administration
FLSA: Non-exempt

Duties and Responsibilities  
   Primary

  1. Kitchen upkeep – assist in maintaining clean dishware and glasses throughout the day, as needed.
  2. Assist as back-up receptionist.
  3. Misc. errand support for SERA staff (assigned through in-house task management application).
  4. Catering support – assist in maintenance of conference rooms, beverages, and set up/break down of catering as needed.
  5. Periodically, maintain record of meetings as requested.  Transcribe and distribute accurate meeting minutes as assigned.

   Additional

  1. Provide administrative clerical support for SERA staff, which may include word processing, spreadsheet creation and maintenance, scanning/printing/binding.
  2. Travel coordination duties, i.e. booking travel and detailed scheduling.
  3. Assist in the maintenance of project files and records and ensure compliance with company policies and procedures. Provide document control for hard and electronic copies and provide support for the maintenance of all storage and archive material.
  4. Other duties as assigned.


Education, Experience, other Qualifications

  • High School Diploma required. 
  • 1-2 years of administrative experience in a professional environment preferred.
  • Experience coordinating multiple calendars, schedules and meetings.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Google Docs and/or other cloud-based tools.
  • Experience with multi-line phone system.
  • Valid driver’s license with a good driving record.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Professional demeanor in person and over the phone.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Ability to work collectively with the administrative team associates.
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Flexible – can do attitude.
  • Firm sense of responsibility.
  • The ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • The ability to spend several hours per day walking and using stairs.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.