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

INTERNS TOO!

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

IT Manager
Portland, OR

The IT Manager is responsible for implementing the IT strategy and vision for SERA and overseeing the day to day operations of the IT department. The role functions as the supervisor to the IT staff, including System Administration and Help Desk. Works closely with the BIM Manager to ensure the effective implementation and operation of all technology across the office. Responsible for optimizing the use of data and technology to accomplish company objectives. In the absence of an IT Director, this role functions as the primary leader of the IT department, coordinating between system users, management, project teams, and the IT team. The IT Manager works closely with Operations, external vendors and others.


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 Manager
Department: Information Technology
Supervisor: Director of Operations
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for implementation of IT Strategic Plan and operations in coordination with firm management.
  2. Promotes a strong customer service ethic, ensuring the IT division provides timely and effective support to end users. Recommend enhancements to the network and negotiate with outside vendors for the purchase of hardware, software and consulting services.
  3. Responsible for researching and recommending new products, leading efforts to improve IT processes, finding and integrating technology solutions that help differentiate SERA from other firms, and communicating IT activities and directions with staff.
  4. Partners with other business units to provide effective prioritization of IT resources for implementation and development of new applications and upgrades to existing applications such as the Financial Information System, CRM, Architectural and Design systems, and other data management systems for sustainability projects.
  5. Manages IT projects, including monitoring expenses to budget, including basic forecasting expenses and future year budgeting.
  6. Responsible for all implementations and technical services provided by the IT department and contractors, including procurement, documentation, help desk, voice and data communication networks, computer program development, systems security, and computer system operations.
  7. Ensures the integrity of all electronic data with consideration for firm’s financial and resource needs.
  8. Keeps Director of Operations and others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
  9. Works closely with external IT Consultant to ensure that disaster recovery plans have been written, tested, updated, and implemented.
  10. Handles special projects as requested by the Principals.
  11. Maintains internal controls and procedures for information integrity, system reliability, data security, and appropriate storage and retention.
  12. Manages computer training programs and provides additional support if necessary.
  13. Explores emerging software and technology to integrate into SERA’s operations.
  14. Responsible for supervising, mentoring, and reviewing IT staff.
  15. Provide limited user support after hours and weekends based on a rotation schedule.
  16. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or other related field.
  • Minimum five years of IT administration experience in a multi-platform environment.
  • Minimum of five years of employee supervisory and department management experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft 365 Cloud Architectures and application to onsite infrastructure.
  • Prior experience leading, coaching, and mentoring direct reports.
  • Security + or SSCP Certification or ability to obtain either within 6 months of employment.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the policies, processes, and skills needed to implement and support Windows server, VMware Server Virtualization, and Storage Area Networks.
  • Technical knowledge of user and desktop administration, firewall and router configuration, MS Office suite support, Windows desktop and server operating systems, MS Exchange management, SharePoint, system management tools, mobile computing, server virtualization and cloud-based services.
  • Technical expertise in Microsoft 365 cloud computing, including Azure AD. 
  • Knowledge of project management practices and procedures with strong organizational, problem solving and project management experience.
  • Ability to understand and implement Information Technology Service Management methodologies to document, improve and measure IT services.
  • Skilled in verbal and written communications with both technical and non-technical staff. In addition, ability to provide information at both a highly detailed level and at a macro level.
  • Skilled in effective team leadership; ability to manage, direct, coach, mentor, plan and evaluate the work of staff.
  • Skilled in organizing resources, establishing priorities, and delegating appropriately.
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with others, both inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with SERA staff, team members, and to treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to present technical information effectively to non-technical staff in various settings.
  • Leverage technical expertise to communicate and collaborate with firm leadership to identify technology solutions to support business needs.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Entry ERP Help Desk/Operations Coordinator
Portland, OR

The Junior ERP Help Desk/Operations Coordinator reports to the Director of Operations to achieve team and firm goals. They will also interact with and provide support to the Staffing Director, various Project Coordinators, Risk Manager, ERP Specialist and Studio Leaders. This position involves working with users and project team members, identifying problems, managing ERP Support tickets, documenting, and developing training material. Responsibilities will also include working closely with our ERP Specialist in managing Vantagepoint ERP implementation projects and be the first point of contact for ERP Support Central requests and questions.


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: Entry ERP Help Desk/Operations Coordinator
Department: Administration/Operations
Supervisor: Director of Operations
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Act as front-line support for all Vantagepoint issues:  Monitor ERP Support central mailbox; trouble-shoot Vantagepoint issues and escalate to ERP Specialist as needed; log and manage tickets raised with Deltek.
  2. Support monthly and quarterly release testing by validating and documenting defect fixes.
  3. Provide weekly / monthly report updates and execution.
  4. Pull and configure reports from Vantagepoint using Power BI/Excel and provide basic initial analysis for the Staffing Director, the Studio Leaders, and the BOD if requested. 
  5. Assist Accounting with vendor creation in Vantagepoint.
  6. Assist with upgrade and new module preparation for selected software: Documentation, testing, training materials.
  7. Provide training and system support for Studio Project Coordinators, including report creation.
  8. Assist in developing content and the formatting of training materials for Deltek products (Vantagepoint, GovWin, Newforma) for Project Managers and other groups, such as Marketing and Business Development staff. 
  9. Assist with scheduling and preparing for team meetings, specifically supporting the Director of Operations.
  10. Document internal Operations policies, procedures, and training.
  11. Complete research and special projects as needed.

   Additional

  1. May provide backup support for the admin team.
  2. Provide backup to Administrative Assistant for Contract and Firm data entry and cleansing and Risk Assistant for Contract Management support
  3. Other duties and projects as assigned.


Education, Experience, other Qualifications

  • Associate Degree in Information Technology, Business or a related field required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years related professional experience.
  • Prior experience in a Professional Services firm preferred. 
  • Experience coordinating multiple calendars, schedules, and meetings; taking and preparing meeting minutes.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability managing and prioritizing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines.
  • High-level organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical skills and familiarity with business processes and ERP technologies.
  • Familiarity with application development process, including an understanding of how systems/modules integrate.
  • Possess an aptitude for translating business requirements into ERP capabilities and solutions.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality internally/externally.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Suite, especially using Excel.
  • Has the ability to learn new software with a high level of accuracy and become skilled enough to teach others, using audience-relevant terminology.
  • Willingness to accept high level of responsibility for own actions.
  • Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
  • Outstanding communication skills including the ability to communicate detailed information to different audiences. Communication must be at a professional level with attention to grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Team player with the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Experience with Deltek Vantagepoint or Vision and/or Business Intelligence reporting tools is a plus.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Project Designer
Oakland, CA

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 capable 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.
  • LEED 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.

Project Architect
Portland, OR

Generally have 12+ years of experience.

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


About SERA

SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the 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
Level: ARC VII
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

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

   Additional

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

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s 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.

Architectural Design 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.

Recruiting Coordinator
Portland, OR

This is a full-time, temporary position.

The Recruiting Coordinator works directly with HR Generalist and the hiring team to assist with all recruiting-related activities. Responsibilities include posting jobs ads, doing initial screenings, scheduling and sometimes participating in interviews. The role helps our company find and hire the most qualified people for our open roles and partners to ensure the hiring process runs smoothly.


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: Recruiting Coordinator
Department: Human Resources
Supervisor: HR Manager
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist the hiring manager and HR team with the recruiting process.
  2. Communicate with candidates and schedule interviews.
  3. Manage calendar for all hiring teams and candidates; schedule calls and interviews.
  4. Assist HR team in screening resumes.
  5. Post jobs on professional sites, job sites and social media.
  6. Track open positions using ATS/recruiting software.
  7. Contact candidate references and verify education requirements.
  8. Conduct initial phone/video screenings.
  9. Administer the ATS database.
  10. Coordinate background checks as needed.
  11. Participate in and help to coordinate recruiting events.
  12. Promote positive candidate experience throughout the hiring process.
  13. Participate in candidate sourcing efforts.
  14. Assist with other HR projects/tasks as needed.


Education and Experience

  • Associate Degree with HR emphasis, Business, Psychology, Communications, or related field required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years proven work experience as a recruiter required. Experience in the architectural field preferred.
  • Formal/informal training related to conflict resolution and/or effective communication, preferred.
  • Experience with applicant tracking systems (ATS) to support the entire recruiting, hiring, and onboarding process, preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Familiarity with the entire recruitment lifecycle.
  • Enthusiastic about the world of recruiting.
  • Tech-savvy.
  • Ability to juggle multiple calendars.
  • Ability to apply professionalism and discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Knowledge of recruitment software and database systems.
  • Takes initiative and can work independently.
  • Action-oriented, approachable, and customer-focused attitude.
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Adept at planning, organizing, process management with an aptitude for problem-solving.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure as well as manage multiple priorities.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work overtime during peak periods and/or short notice.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

BIM Project Assist
Portland, OR

Under the supervision of the BIM Manager, the BIM Specialist provides BIM training and support to SERA’s staff and projects. The BIM Specialist assists in providing direction in emerging technologies associated with BIM and 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.


About BIM

The BIM team is a collaborative group of experts pushing the boundaries of software use for design and production. Working together with design staff, in a highly collaborative environment, the BIM team develops new work-flows, researches new software, and looks for functional and practical solutions to improve effectiveness. With the BIM Strategist's leadership, the BIM team members provide technical support, develop and implement standards, and provide multi modal training. Working together with the Technical Director, and being part of the design and production teams allows the BIM team to hone in on the processes we provide to accomplish the most effective support and techniques for 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: BIM Specialist
Department: Information Technology
Supervisor: BIM Manager
FLSA: Non-exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Directly assist Revit users to efficiently produce high quality project deliverables.
  2. Assist 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 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.

Project Architect
Oakland, CA

Generally have 12+ years of experience.

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


About SERA

SERA is a progressive, 100% employee-owned architecture, interior design and urban design & planning firm based in Portland, Oregon. Since 1968, SERA has been instrumental in the development of the city’s national reputation for livability. In 2015, we opened a second office in the 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
Level: ARC VII
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

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

   Additional

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

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s 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.

Interior Design 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 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: Interior Design Junior Job Captain
Level: INT 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 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 details. Coordinate with other team members and building systems/components.
  7. Support the construction contract administration lead and complete tasks pertaining to the interiors scope of the project. 
  8. Use the building code to develop floor plans and interior design elements with supervision. 
  9. Research and select finishes appropriate for the project type and use.
  10. Participates in client meetings in conjunction with senior staff.
  11. Creates and organizes work plans to execute assigned tasks.

   Additional

  1. Familiarity and adherence to project contract requirements.
  2. Ability to perform independent construction contract administration in conjunction with CA lead.
  3. Handle the health and welfare of the Revit model.
  4. Develop, codify, and enforce the BIM Execution Plan on assigned projects.
  5. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Generally have 3 - 5 years of industry experience in an architect or interiors office.
  • May be NCIDQ but not required.
  • Experience with Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office required.   


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Sketchup, 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 Manager
Portland, OR

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.

Senior Urban Designer
Oakland, CA

Generally have 8+ years of experience.

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/Planner VI
Level: PLN VI
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 Project Assist
Portland, OR

Generally have 2-3 years of experience.

This position requires some experience within the design profession. You will have the opportunity to gain field experience and direct exposure to project construction.  You will gain valuable experience working on exciting projects.  Often, you will have the opportunity to work directly with  project managers and other knowledgeable team members to focus on the construction administration and implementation phase of a 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: Architectural Project Assist
Level: ARC II
Supervisor: Project Manager or Project Architect
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  • Modify and update construction details as directed by others.
  • Check own work prior to review by others.
  • Understand and adhere to SERA’s graphic standards.
  • Coordinate specific details with sub consultants and sub contractors, with supervision.
  • Review and track contractor submittals.
  • Help implement the SERA construction administration process, with guidance and supervision.

   Additional

  • Navigate and understand how construction documents are assembled.
  • Be aware of trends in the A/E/C industry.
  • Understand architectural specifications and the project manual.
  • Work with other SERA resource groups to implement the project.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor's 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 of Newforma and Bluebeam preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.


SERA Architects is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Urban Designer/Planner Project Manager
Oakland, CA

Generally have 8+ years of experience.

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/Planner Project Manager VI
Level: PLN VI
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

Generally have 4-7 years of experience.

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
Level: ARC IV
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.