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Each summer, SERA provides 10 to 15- week internships for students pursuing degrees in architecture and urban design and planning. Learn more.

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

Generally have 12+ years of experience.

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.


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
Oakland, CA

Generally have 12+ years of experience.

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.


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 Interior Designer
Portland, OR

Generally have 8+ years of experience.

This position requires an independent thinker to lead a team with the project manager.  You will be able to guide projects, using your experience and professional judgement to craft the final outcome.  You will have the opportunity to develop a wide array of skills. You will have the opportunity to coordinate major aspects and components of projects with teams internal and external to the firm. 

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.

Job Title: Project Interior Designer
Level: INT VI
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt
 

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of an entire ID project team. This includes the mentoring of ID staff on project teams.
  2. Use the building code to develop architectural plans. Provide code interpretations supporting the project objectives.
  3. Support the project by interacting/ negotiating with jurisdictions to obtain building permits.
  4. Interact with the client to achieve project goals. Propose potential solutions that advance the project in unique ways.
  5. Understand and adhere to the project’s contract requirements.
  6. 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.
  7. Report concisely and accurately to senior staff the status of the project. This includes Staffing/ financial reports of the project, moral of the team, client perception and the ability to forecast short term project needs.
  8. Be a resource to other SERA staff.
  9. Develop, articulate and execute the project scope for a wide variety of projects. 
  10. Research and select finishes appropriate for the project type and use.
  11. Lead interiors client presentations.
  12. Work independently on all phases of a project.
  13. Regularly perform project management functions (schedules, staffing and budgets).
  14. Independently coordinate MEP systems relating to interior work.
  15. Perform QA/QC.
  16. Ability to be the main client contact for a project and lead the client process.

   Additional

  1. Perform project management duties such as project work plan and schedule development for entire small to medium projects.
  2. Familiarity with trends in the A/E/C industry.
  3. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.
  4. Participate/ lead in the management review of staff members.
  5. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  6. Develop, articulate and define portions of the project scope or entire smaller projects.
  7. Interest and/ or engagement in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  8. Work with and support the marketing and business development group in the office.
  9. Work with and support the accounting department regarding project financials.
  10. 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

  • Knowledge of Sketchup, SpecLink, Smartsheet, Deltek preferred.
  • Possesses intermediate to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

IT Help Desk
Portland, OR

The IT Help Desk II provides frontline end-user support for a staff of 150+ employees in multiple offices.

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.

Job Title: IT Help Desk II
Department: Information Technology
Supervisor: Systems Administrator
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair desktop computers, laptop/notebook computers, printers, peripheral hardware, and software.
  2. Provide frontline user support in both local and satellite offices, including problem resolution for desktop computers, network access, E-mail, and web browsing.
  3. Assist and educate users on proper network, workstation, PC, and software/application use, as well as standard IT techniques, concepts, and procedures.
  4. Coordinate audio/web conferencing for staff, including scheduling assistance, testing, and setup.
  5. Assist with intranet content administration.
  6. Coordinate software and hardware installations and upgrades.
  7. Assist and educate users on proper network, workstation, PC, and software/application use, as well as standard IT techniques, concepts, and procedures.
  8. Provide back-up for other IT Help Desk personnel duties as needed.
  9. Continue to develop technical knowledge and skill in accordance with pertinent technology advancements.
  10. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Associate degree in related field, certification in IT, or 2 years equivalent experience required.
  • Customer service experience required.
  • Experience with MS operating systems and applications required.
  • Experience in the field of architecture, engineering, or construction preferred.
  • Experience with creating software deployment packages is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of browsing technologies.
  • Familiarity with mobile operating systems.
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills; ability to work in an open environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Demonstrated time management skills, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as contribute in a team environment.
  • Above average attention to detail.
  • Ability to comfortably lift and carry 50 pounds; walk with / carry equipment upstairs as needed.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

BIM and IT Support Specialist
Oakland, CA

This position performs a dual role supporting the BIM and IT departments in our Oakland office of 20-30 employees. Under the supervision of the BIM Lead they provide BIM training and support to SERA’s staff and projects. This position communicates current practices and procedures to project staff, and provides support for various design-related software applications. This position would also provide IT frontline end-user support.

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.

Job Title: BIM/IT Support Specialist II
Department: Information Technology
Supervisor: BIM Lead and IT Manager
FLSA: Non-exempt


Duties and Responsibilities

   BIM Support

  1. Directly assist Revit users to efficiently produce high quality project deliverables.
  2. Assist BIM Manager in the development of training programs. Act as primary trainer for new Revit users, as well as providing continuing education for current Revit users.
  3. Track training program metrics to determine effectiveness.
  4. Assist in development of BIM “best practices” for SERA.
  5. Assist users with setting up new projects in Revit.
  6. Provide direct support via ticketing system to diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve Revit technical issues for all project teams.
  7. Assistance in development, as well as take responsibility for implementation, of departmental standards related to document production, archiving practices, auditing protocols, and project set-up.
  8. Develop workflow enhancements, content, and the integration of third-party software packages to Revit.
  9. Track metrics associated with new workflow efficiencies.
  10. Coordinate clash detection on projects.
  11. Research, learn, and implement new software that advances design and sustainability efforts.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

   IT Support

  1. Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair desktop computers, laptop/notebook computers, printers, peripheral hardware, and software.
  2. Provide frontline end-user support and problem resolution for desktop computers, network access, E-mail, and web browsing.
  3. Assist IT department with software and hardware installations and upgrades.
  4. Assist users in standard IT techniques, concepts, and procedures.
  5. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • An Associate degree in a related field, IT certification, or equivalent experience is required.
  • 2-3 years of BIM/Revit required, prior Architectural office experience preferred.
  • Prior customer service 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. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledgeable of multiple application platforms and complex systems, including Revit, AutoCAD, NavisWorks, Newforma, 3D Studio Max, SketchUp, and Rhino.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft operating systems preferred.
  • Knowledge of browsing technologies preferred.
  • Understanding of Revit worksharing and Revit Server/C4R.
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to create accurate 3D parametric families for Revit.
  • Ability to balance a wide array of tasks, responsibilities, and commitments efficiently and simultaneously.
  • Above average attention-to-detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; exceptional customer service orientation.
  • Familiarity with using and creating point clouds in Revit and laser scanning in general.
  • Flexibility in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment; ability to work in an open environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to comfortably lift and carry 50 pounds; walk with / carry equipment upstairs as needed.

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Job Captain
Portland, OR

Generally have 4-7 years of industry experience in an architect's office.

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.

Job Title: Architectural Job Captain IV or V
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.

Project Architect
Portland, OR

Generally have 12+ years of experience.

This position will allow you to showcase 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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.


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 Deltek 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.

IT Help Desk II
Oakland, CA

The IT Help Desk II provides frontline end-user support for a staff of 150+ employees in multiple offices.

The ideal candidate would be someone who is still relatively junior in their career, with 1-2 years of on-the-job experience, as well as a technical degree or certification. Ideally, we are looking for someone who needs part-time employment, possibly someone who is pursuing continued education and needs to supplement their schedule. 

This is a part time position

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.

Job Title: IT Help Desk II
Department: Information Technology
Supervisor: Systems Administrator
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair desktop computers, laptop/notebook computers, printers, peripheral hardware, and software.
  2. Provide frontline user support in both local and satellite offices, including problem resolution for desktop computers, network access, E-mail, and web browsing.
  3. Assist and educate users on proper network, workstation, PC, and software/application use, as well as standard IT techniques, concepts, and procedures.
  4. Coordinate audio/web conferencing for staff, including scheduling assistance, testing, and setup.
  5. Assist with intranet content administration.
  6. Coordinate software and hardware installations and upgrades.
  7. Assist and educate users on proper network, workstation, PC, and software/application use, as well as standard IT techniques, concepts, and procedures.
  8. Provide back-up for other IT Help Desk personnel duties as needed.
  9. Continue to develop technical knowledge and skill in accordance with pertinent technology advancements.
  10. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Associate degree in related field, certification in IT, or 2 years equivalent experience required.
  • Customer service experience required.
  • Experience with MS operating systems and applications required.
  • Experience in the field of architecture, engineering, or construction preferred.
  • Experience with creating software deployment packages is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of browsing technologies.
  • Familiarity with mobile operating systems.
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills; ability to work in an open environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Demonstrated time management skills, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as contribute in a team environment.
  • Above average attention to detail.
  • Ability to comfortably lift and carry 50 pounds; walk with / carry equipment upstairs as needed.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

BIM Specialist
Oakland, CA

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 researches and develops opportunities for process improvement, application, and data integration with Revit. This position communicates current practices and procedures to project staff, and provides support for various design-related software applications. 

This is a part time or full time position, depending on the candidate.

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.

Job Title: BIM Specialist
Department: Information Technology
Supervisor: BIM Manager

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directly assist Revit users to efficiently produce high quality project deliverables.
  2. Assist BIM Manager in the development of training programs. Act as primary trainer for new Revit users, as well as providing continuing education for current Revit users.
  3. Track training program metrics to determine effectiveness.
  4. Assist in development of BIM “best practices” for SERA.
  5. Assist users with setting up new projects in Revit.
  6. Provide direct support to diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve Revit technical issues for all project teams.
  7. 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.
  8. Develop workflow enhancements, content, and the integration of third-party software packages to Revit.
  9. Track metrics associated with new workflow efficiencies.
  10. Coordinate clash detection on projects.
  11. Research, learn, and implement new software that advances design & sustainability efforts.
  12. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience

  • 2 year Technical Degree, or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3 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. 
     

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledgeable of multiple application platforms and complex systems, including Revit, AutoCAD, NavisWorks, Newforma, 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 and creating point clouds in Revit and laser scanning in general.
  • 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.

Architectural Project Designer
Portland, OR

Generally have 8+ years of experience.

As a Designer in a collaborative team setting with a Project Manager and/or Project Architect, you will actively engage and lead the delivery of creative solutions for SERA clients that meet or exceed their expected outcomes. Innovative thinking and imaginative problem solving skills should be combined with good technical skills to projects that are seamlessly woven into contextual environments for place-based design solutions. With an interdisciplinary project team and the Principal-in-Charge you will be accountable for project performance success as determined by the team at the beginning of the project.

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.


Job Title: Project Designer
Level: ARC VI
Supervisor: Studio Leader/Senior Architectural Designer
FLSA: 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. May work in a supporting role to senior architectural designer on large projects by maintaining continuity of overall design intent.
  4. Supervise, plan, collaborate and review work with team members. This includes mentoring of staff on project teams.
  5. Provide innovative solutions that are sound, founded in deep architectural practice theory and consistently align with SERA’s organizational mission, vision and core values.
  6. Understand how to rapidly explore a multitude of design options that solve design problems in various ways that are in compliance with applicable jurisdictional requirements. 
  7. Actively engage with project team, consultants, clients, public entities, and the community at large when required to advance project design concepts and details.
  8. Deliver iterative design ideas that meet client project goals in addition to advancing cultural, and social needs of the greater community.
  9. Use the building code to develop architectural solutions. Provide code interpretations that are advantageous for the project and client.
  10. Understand and adhere to the project's contract requirements.
  11. 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.
  12. Be a 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. Must be cable of delivering conceptual design ideas with both graphic and written communication skillsets that is technical clear and concise.
  3. Shows an open and willing desire for teaching and mentoring junior designers.
  4. Fosters and advances a community design culture through commitment to design both inside and outside of the office.
  5. Provides constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  6. Works with and supports marketing and business development efforts in the office.
  7. 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 is preferred. Generally have 8+ years of experience.
  • Candidate should have completed or be working on completion of the AXP requirements established by NCARB for architecture licensure in their base state.
  • Candidate should have documented proof of design solutions including conceptual ideas, design development details and construction documents created as intern/project assist/project architect.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite required.
  • LEEP AP Preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possesses knowledge of the OSSC/ADAAG and the ability to achieve the intent of the code through, creative design solutions, variances and/or appeals.
  • 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.
  • Strong design skills required.
  • Ability to objectively analyze and document critical items for project sites that should serve as the foundational basis for place-based design solutions.
  • Ability to deliver innovative design and concept thinking skills in various graphic formats including both digital and hand drawings.
  • Ability to work independently or in a collaborative team that is highly productive and effective.
  • Ability to advance personal and team member growth in line with SERA goals and mission.
  • Ability to design innovative process delivery methods that match the needs of the client and or project.
  • 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 (sustainability resources group).
  • Familiarity with trends in the A/E/C industry. 

 

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

3D Modeler
Portland, OR

As a 3D modeler, you will primarily support the visualization group as you create assets for use in rendering still images, animations and realtime experiences for clients and other design collaborators. Additionally, you will work with project architecture, interior design and urban design teams to populate Enscape and Lumion renders with custom assets.


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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.


Job Title: 3D Modeler
Level: I
Supervisor: Visualization Group Manager
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Research and incorporate specifications of desired asset.
  2. Produce 3D models (furniture, lighting fixtures, site furnishings, etc.) using surface modeling techniques. Apply texture mapping and create shaders with necessary textures.
  3. Understand appropriate level of detail (LOD) and apply it consistently to the 3d model. Create multiple LODs for use in realtime visualizations when required.
  4. Check own work prior to review by others.

   Additional

  1. Organize Visualization Group’s asset library and add new content as it’s created.
  2. When Enscape functionality is available, add content to its asset library in coordination with BIM manager.
  3. Coordinate with users of Lumion and provide models as necessary for their visualization efforts.
  4. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • 2-year Technical Degree preferred.
  • Proficient in the use of 3dsMAX.
  • Familiarity with the following preferred: Itoo Software’s Railclone plugin for 3dsMAX, Rhino & Grasshopper, Adobe Creative Suite – particularly Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Experience with Unity3D not required but considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Ability to use poly modeling techniques in 3dsMAX.
  • Ability to handle pressure and deadlines in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Developing problem solving abilities.
  • Self-motivated with attention to detail.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Landscape Designer III
Oakland, CA

Generally has 3-5 years of industry experience in a planning or design office.

This position builds upon your experience in the landscape and urban design profession. You will have the opportunity to work independently with supervision on a variety of project types in a variety of roles.  You will have opportunities to coordinate major aspects and components of exciting projects with teams internal and external to the firm.

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.

Job Title:  Landscape Designer III
Level:  UDP III / Jr. Job Captain
Supervisor:  Studio Leader
FLSA:  Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

   Primary

  1. Under the supervision of the landscape architect, project manager, senior planner, or principal-in-charge, provides guidance to other project team members on project tasks and contributes to project content and creative direction.
  2. Responsible for visually communicating project content. This includes the graphic production of plans, diagrams, renderings, maps, and the graphic representation of data, design concepts, and processes.
  3. Responsible for graphic layout / text for project reports, presentations, and other related work products.
  4. Works on several projects or issues simultaneously; can work independently or in a team environment.
  5. Attends to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  6. Explains plans and concepts clearly to the public, consultants, and clients.
  7. Clearly and succinctly explains landscape and urban design plans and concepts to a range of audiences.
  8. Possesses creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information in order to solve vaguely defined, practical problems.
  9. Coordinates tasks/deliverables with other team members and consultants with some supervision
  10. Assists with preparation of construction documents and specifications with supervision of a landscape architect. 

   Additional

  1. With oversight and assistance from others, may work independently with clients/consultants on small projects or discrete project sections. This may entail ensuring that scope, schedule, and budget are met. Reviews work products and project processes with project leaders.
  2. May be called upon to participate in project team meetings with clients/consultants, and present at public/client meetings and workshops / charrettes.
  3. May help to plan and guide the work of small teams (1-2 staff members) or discrete project tasks.  
  4. Functions as a team mentor, offering trusted guidance to other staff on project teams.
  5. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in landscape architecture.
  • Generally has 3-5 years of industry experience in a planning or design office.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and MS Office Suite required.
  • Prior experience with preparation of construction documents required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Rhino and Lumion preferred.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple important tasks.
  • Knowledge of site and landscape materials and systems. 
  • Ability to create high-quality graphics, maps, diagrams, renderings, and/or sketches.
  • Critical thinking skills to identify strengths, weaknesses, or alternate solutions to a problem with supervision.
  • Hand sketching skills preferred.

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Landscape Designer III
Portland, OR

Generally has 3-5 years of industry experience in a planning or design office.

This position builds upon your experience in the landscape and urban design profession. You will have the opportunity to work independently with supervision on a variety of project types in a variety of roles.  You will have opportunities to coordinate major aspects and components of exciting projects with teams internal and external to the firm. 

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 San Francisco Bay Area where we service Silicon Valley and other California clients.

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.

Job Title:  Landscape Designer III
Level:  UDP III / Jr. Job Captain
Supervisor:  Studio Leader
FLSA:  Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

   Primary

  1. Under the supervision of the landscape architect, project manager, senior planner, or principal-in-charge, provides guidance to other project team members on project tasks and contributes to project content and creative direction.
  2. Responsible for visually communicating project content. This includes the graphic production of plans, diagrams, renderings, maps, and the graphic representation of data, design concepts, and processes.
  3. Responsible for graphic layout / text for project reports, presentations, and other related work products.
  4. Works on several projects or issues simultaneously; can work independently or in a team environment.
  5. Attends to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  6. Explains plans and concepts clearly to the public, consultants, and clients.
  7. Clearly and succinctly explains landscape and urban design plans and concepts to a range of audiences.
  8. Possesses creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information in order to solve vaguely defined, practical problems.
  9. Coordinates tasks/deliverables with other team members and consultants with some supervision
  10. Assists with preparation of construction documents and specifications with supervision of a landscape architect. 

   Additional

  1. With oversight and assistance from others, may work independently with clients/consultants on small projects or discrete project sections. This may entail ensuring that scope, schedule, and budget are met. Reviews work products and project processes with project leaders.
  2. May be called upon to participate in project team meetings with clients/consultants, and present at public/client meetings and workshops / charrettes.
  3. May help to plan and guide the work of small teams (1-2 staff members) or discrete project tasks.  
  4. Functions as a team mentor, offering trusted guidance to other staff on project teams.
  5. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in landscape architecture.
  • Generally has 3-5 years of industry experience in a planning or design office.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and MS Office Suite required.
  • Prior experience with preparation of construction documents required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Rhino and Lumion preferred.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple important tasks.
  • Knowledge of site and landscape materials and systems. 
  • Ability to create high-quality graphics, maps, diagrams, renderings, and/or sketches.
  • Critical thinking skills to identify strengths, weaknesses, or alternate solutions to a problem with supervision.
  • Hand sketching skills preferred.

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.