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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

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.

 

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 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.

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 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: 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.

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 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.

Architectural Junior Job Captain
Portland, OR

This position builds upon your industry and design experience.  You will have the opportunity to work independently with supervision on a variety of project types in a variety of roles.  You will have the opportunity 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: Architectural Junior Job Captain
Level: ARC III
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt
 

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Create and modify drawings 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 design review, client presentations and marketing collateral.
  5. Research and coordinate details regarding specific scopes of work and/ or sub consultants.
  6. Work with product vendors/ manufacturers to develop architectural details.  Coordinate with other team members and building systems/components.
  7. Support the construction contract administration lead and/ or perform independent tasks for construction contract administration.
  8. Use the building code to develop architectural plans. 
  9. Support the project by interacting with jurisdictions.

   Additional

  1. Familiarity and adherence to project contract requirements.
  2. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of 1-3 staff members.  This includes the mentoring of staff on project teams.
  3. Ability to perform independent construction contract administration.
  4. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Generally have 3 - 5 years of industry experience in an architect's office.
  • Proficient 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.
  • Develop ability to prioritize multiple important tasks.
  • Develop critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem with supervision.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Project Assist
Portland, OR

This position requires some experience within the 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.  Often, you will have the opportunity to work directly with principals and project managers at the very beginning of projects or work with other capable and knowledgeable 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 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 Assist
Supervisor: Studio Leader 
FLSA: Non-exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Create and modify drawings 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 design review, client presentations and marketing collateral.
  5. Coordinate specific details or work scope with sub consultants with supervision.
  6. Work with product vendors/ manufacturers to develop architectural details with supervision.

    Additional

  1. Navigate and understand how construction documents are assembled.
  2. Be aware of trends in the A/E/C industry.
  3. Use the building code to develop architectural plans.
  4. Understand architectural specifications and the project manual.
  5. Work with other SERA resource groups to develop the project.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Generally have 2 - 3 years of industry experience in an architect's office.
  • Experience with 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.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Accounting and Payroll Assistant
Portland, OR

The Accounting and Payroll Clerk is responsible for preparing, processing and reconciling the key functions of payroll, cash handling, and project invoicing in a timely and accurate manner. This person supports the accounting department staff and management by performing a variety of accounting, bookkeeping and financial tasks.


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.


Department: Accounting
Supervisor: Accounting Manager
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Payroll

  1. Prepare and process payroll for 150+ employees using ADP.
  2. Collect, confirm and process time sheets.
  3. Maintain and reconcile paid time off for non-exempt employees, including calculation of monthly PTO liability.
  4. File yearly W-2's and prepare other year-end reporting.
  5. Prepare and process manual checks for new hires and terminating employees.
  6. Prepare the cash disbursement entry using the payroll register and the statistical summary.
  7. Calculate payroll accruals and reconcile related accounts.

   Project A/R

  1. Assist in the preparation of project invoices for all firm projects.
  2. Assist in the processing of project time transfers.
  3. Perform project system maintenance and assist with the setup of new projects.
  4. Research and resolve complex consulting invoice issues relative to project AR.
  5. File preparation, filing, and maintenance of project Invoices and billing support.

   Other

  1. Preparation, filing, and maintenance of other accounting related documents.
  2. Prepare and coordinate deposit activities.
  3. Track and audit petty cash.
  4. Perform all necessary account, bank and other reconciliations.
  5. Find and use accounting data to resolve accounting problems and discrepancies.
  6. Assist in special projects and other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent. Associate degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years bookkeeping experience and payroll processing required; prior experience with multi-state payroll (CA and OR) preferred.
  • Architectural/Engineering/Construction industry experience preferred.
  • Experience with Deltek Vision or Deltek for Professional Services preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Outlook/Office/Word/Excel); High proficiency in Excel analytical functionality (pivot tables, queries, etc.).
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Ability to prioritize and efficiently complete duties of position.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and meticulous analytical/documentation skills.
  • Takes initiative, evokes process improvements, and can work collaboratively.
  • Ability to apply professionalism and discretion in handling of confidential information.
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Design and Sustainability Intern
Portland, OR

This summer, we’re excited to offer two internships to current architecture students. SERA’s paid college internship program provides dynamic opportunities to enrich your professional growth and knowledge while exposing you to new settings to learn about the design industry.

This position is a split between our Public Studio and our Sustainability Resource Group. Our Public Studio provides professional services to many higher education, 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 university entities work and ultimately design the facilities that support providing those services. Our Sustainability Group has a depth of experience in research associated with green technologies, sustainable design and policy to promote sustainable development goals.

Job Title: Architectural Design and Sustainability Intern
Studio: Public and Sustainability Resource Group
FLSA: Non-exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Public

  1. Create and modify drawings as directed by Job Captain.
  2. Check own work prior to review by others.
  3. Create graphic presentations such as design review, client presentations and marketing collateral.
  4. Coordinate specific details or work scope with sub consultants with supervision.
  5. Begin to understand how construction documents are assembled.
  6. Begin to understand trends in the A/E/C industry.
  7. Begin to understand how building codes affect building design.
  8. Begin to understand architectural specifications and the project manual.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

SuRG

  1. Develop and document strategies for resource efficiency (water and energy).
  2. Develop and document restorative and regenerative strategies.
  3. Integrate analysis methods in the design process (including climate, daylighting, and energy analysis).
  4. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Current student actively working towards Bachelor’s or Masters at an accredited Architecture program.
  • Experience with Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office Suite required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Bluebeam preferred.
  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Develop ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Excellent time management, prioritization, and organizational skills.

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Design Intern
Portland, OR

This summer, we’re excited to offer two internships to current architecture students. SERA’s paid college internship program provides dynamic opportunities to enrich your professional growth and knowledge while exposing you to new settings to learn about the design industry.

SERA's experience with housing has focused on urban revitalization and infill design challenges. This breadth of experience keeps our skills sharp and at the cutting edge of trends, codes, and current cost effective sustainable construction techniques. We are deeply committed to high quality and durable building design, especially in regards to affordable housing projects utilizing public funding.

Job Title: Architectural Design and Sustainability Intern
Studio: Multi-Family Housing  
FLSA: Non-exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Create and modify drawings as directed by Job Captain.
  2. Check own work prior to review by others.
  3. Create graphic presentations such as design review, client presentations and marketing collateral.
  4. Coordinate specific details or work scope with sub consultants with supervision.
  5. Begin to understand how construction documents are assembled.
  6. Begin to understand trends in the A/E/C industry.
  7. Begin to understand how building codes affect building design.
  8. Begin to understand architectural specifications and the project manual.
  9. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Current student actively working towards Bachelor’s or Masters at an accredited Architecture program.
  • Experience with Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office Suite required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Bluebeam preferred.
  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Develop ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Excellent time management, prioritization, and organizational skills.

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Graphic Designer
Portland, OR

We are currently seeking a thoughtful, passionate, creative graphic designer to join our Marketing team. Working on deliverables which may include proposal documents, infographics, environmental graphics, and various kinds of dynamic imagery, the graphic designer will define and continually evolve our overall visual communications approach, manage our asset library, and lead the ongoing exploration of our brand expression.

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: Graphic Designer
Supervisor: Director of Marketing
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Design and production of graphic business development collateral materials, including but not limited to:
  2. Graphic content for proposals (covers, schedules, infographics, organization charts, etc.)
  3. Graphic content for interviews (boards and presentations)
  4. Design and production of graphic marketing collateral materials, including but not limited to: Printed and digital publication for folios, brochures, booklets, posters, and advertisements
  5. Design and production of graphic project collateral materials, including but not limited to: posters, presentation boards, banners, and signage
  6. Photography and photo editing of staff and staff events for website and internal marketing use; photo editing of project photography for use on site and in marketing and business development collateral
  7. Image database management (Open Asset)

   Additional

  1. Design and production graphic office materials, including but not limited to:
  2. Informational illustrations, graphics and layout for posters, presentation boards, banners, signage, wall graphics
  3. Interactive presentations and slideshows
  4. Presentation redesign and formatting
  5. Management of business cards and employee reference sheets
  6. Special projects for billable work: Interior graphics, super graphics, and misc. design consulting with practitioner teams
  7. Website, blog, and social media support, primarily graphic design and photo editing assistance
  8. Video and sound editing, developing dynamic assets for use on website, in social media, and other applications
  9. General support as needed for proposal and awards submissions, including graphic elements, layout, and content management
  10. Branding efforts, long and short term, e.g. logos, ads, proposal and presentation template redesign and formatting, working with marketing communications to refine the overarching website and branding message
  11. Maintaining and updating graphics library (e.g. icons, maps, brochures, slideshows, etc.)
  12. Other graphics and visual communications-related duties as assigned

Education, Experience, and other Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; graphic design degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience
  • Interest in or familiarity with sustainability, architecture, urban design and planning, energy efficiency, or other aspects of our industry and company principles
  • Dedication to best practices of graphic design

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced skills in the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Intermediate skill in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Working knowledge of Wordpress
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and to manage several projects at once
  • Demonstrated skill as goal oriented, strategic, self-directed creative contributor
  • Ability to consistently communicate the firm’s image and objectives yet tailor content to different audiences
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including ability to build and manage workplans, coordinate a team, apply a global perspective, and generally keep projects on schedule and achieve set objectives
  • Please apply with your portfolio (or a link to your site) and resume.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

BIM Librarian
Portland, OR

Under the supervision of the BIM Manager, the BIM Librarian creates Revit and related content, performs updates to template files and provides support to SERA’s staff and projects. The BIM Librarian also may research and develop 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. 

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 Librarian
Department: Information Technology
Supervisor: BIM Manager
FLSA: Non-exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directly assist Revit users with issues related to content management and/or use.
  2. Assist BIM Manager in the development of Revit content.
  3. Updates template at the direction of BIM Manager.
  4. Assist in development of BIM “best practices” for SERA.
  5. Participates in development, departmental standards related to document production and project set-up.
  6. Develop workflow enhancements, content, and the integration of third-party software packages to Revit.
  7. Track metrics associated with new workflow efficiencies.
  8. Research, learn, and implement new software that advances design & sustainability efforts.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • 2 year Technical Degree, or equivalent.
  • Minimum 1 year of BIM/Revit (Architecture) experience required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledgeable in Revit, and AutoCAD
  • Some familiarity with 3D Studio Max, SketchUp, and Rhino a plus.
  • Understanding of Revit work-sharing and Revit Server/C4R.
  • Ability to troubleshoot Revit and project related issues.
  • Ability to create accurate, 3D parametric families for Revit.
  • Ability to balance a wide array of tasks, responsibilities, and commitments efficiently and simultaneously
  • Exceptional customer service orientation.


SERA Architects Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.