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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

Architectural Project Manager
Oakland, CA

Generally have 12+ years of experience.

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

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


About SERA

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

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development.


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

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

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

   Additional

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


Education and Experience

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


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Job Captain
Portland, OR

Workplace Studio

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.


About Workplace

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

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


Job Title: Architectural Job Captain
Level: ARC IV or ARC V
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities 
   Primary

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

   Additional 

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


Education and Experience

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


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Project Architect
Portland, OR

Multi-Family Housing Studio

Generally have 12+ years of experience.

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


About SERA

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

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development.


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

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

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

   Additional

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


Education and Experience

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


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

BIM Specialist
Oakland, CA

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

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


About SERA

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

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development.


Job Title: BIM Specialist II
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 to diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve Revit technical issues for all project teams.
  7. Assistance in development of, as well as responsibility for implementation of, departmental standards related to document production, archiving practices, auditing protocols, and project set-up.
  8. Develop workflow enhancements, content, and the integration of third-party software packages to Revit.
  9. Track metrics associated with new workflow efficiencies.
  10. Coordinate clash detection on projects.
  11. Research, learn, and implement new software that advances design & sustainability efforts.
  12. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • 2 year Technical Degree, or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3 years of BIM/Revit (Architecture) experience required.
  • Experience with the interaction between Revit and software used for solar analysis, daylighting, IES, and other LEED applications preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience providing Revit training, including how to create complex Revit families. Training experience should include in-person, remote access, one-on-one, and group formats.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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

SERA Architects Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Architectural Project Designer
Portland, OR

Workplace Studio

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.


About Workplace

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

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


Job Title: Project Designer
Level: ARC VI
Supervisor: Studio Leader / Senior Architectural Designer
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Advance creative design direction for the project team. This could include but is not limited to; project pursuit, client meetings, stakeholder engagement and project delivery.
  2. Be an active listener and inspire project teams.
  3. May work in a supporting role to senior architectural designer on large projects by maintaining continuity of overall design intent.
  4. Supervise, plan, collaborate and review work with team members. This includes mentoring of staff on project teams.
  5. Provide innovative solutions that are sound, founded in deep architectural practice theory and consistently align with SERA’s organizational mission, vision and core values.
  6. Understand how to rapidly explore a multitude of design options that solve design problems in various ways that are in compliance with applicable jurisdictional requirements. 
  7. Actively engage with project team, consultants, clients, public entities, and the community at large when required to advance project design concepts and details.
  8. Deliver iterative design ideas that meet client project goals in addition to advancing cultural, and social needs of the greater community.
  9. Use the building code to develop architectural solutions. Provide code interpretations that are advantageous for the project and client.
  10. Understand and adhere to the project's contract requirements.
  11. Work to be recognized as an expert/leader and authority in the company in a broad area of expertise or in a narrow but narrowly specialized field.
  12. Be a resource to other SERA staff. 

   Additional

  1. Responsible for staying actively involved throughout the construction document process to support design development and delivery of projects. 
  2. Must be cable of delivering conceptual design ideas with both graphic and written communication skillsets that is technical clear and concise.
  3. Shows an open and willing desire for teaching and mentoring junior designers.
  4. Fosters and advances a community design culture through commitment to design both inside and outside of the office.
  5. Provides constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  6. Works with and supports marketing and business development efforts in the office.
  7. Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience

  • Requires either a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree or a 6 year Masters of Architecture degree from an NCARB accredited university or international equivalent.
  • Licensed Architect is preferred. Generally have 8+ years of experience.
  • Candidate should have completed or be working on completion of the AXP requirements established by NCARB for architecture licensure in their base state.
  • Candidate should have documented proof of design solutions including conceptual ideas, design development details and construction documents created as intern/project assist/project architect.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite required.
  • LEEP AP Preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interior Design Job Captain
Portland, OR

Workplace Studio

Generally have 4-7 years of experience.

This position leverages your 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: Interior Design Job Captain
Level: INT 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 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 details.  Coordinate with other team members and building systems/components.
  5. Ability to perform independent construction contract administration in conjunction with CA lead. 
  6. Use the building code to develop floor plans and interior design elements.  Provide code interpretations supporting the project objectives.
  7. Interact with the client to achieve project goals.
  8. Familiarity and adherence to project contract requirements.
  9. Research and select finishes appropriate for the project type and use.
  10. Lead portions of interiors client presentations.
  11. Work independently on all phases of a project.
  12. Creates and organizes work plans to execute assigned tasks.

   Additional

  1. Interact with other SERA resources to achieve project goals.
  2. Performs basic project management functions (schedules, staffing, and budgets).
  3. Independently coordinates MEP systems relating to interior work.
  4. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Generally have 4 - 7 years of industry experience in an architect or interiors office.
  • May be NCIDQ but not required.
  • Handle the health and welfare of the Revit model.
  • Develop, codify, and enforce the BIM Execution Plan on assigned projects.
  • 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.
  • Ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Established critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses, or alternate solutions to problem with some supervision.
  • Develop professional judgment and decision-making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Develop leadership skills that motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.
     

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interior Design Project Assist
Portland, OR

Generally have 2-3 years of experience.

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: Interior Design Project Assist
Level: INT II
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 client presentations and marketing collateral.
  5. Coordinate specific details or work scope with project lead.
  6. Work with product vendors/ manufacturers to develop details with supervision.
  7. Coordinate specific details or work scope with sub consultants with supervision. 
  8. Assist design lead in finish selections appropriate for the project type and use.
  9. May be responsible for maintenance of Interior Library. 
  10. Meets with product reps.   
  11. Attend client meetings with senior staff. 

   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 floor plans and interior design elements with supervision. 
  4. Understand architectural specifications and the project manual.
  5. Work with other SERA resource groups to develop the project.
  6. Participates in client meetings in conjunction with senior staff.
  7. Creates and organizes work plans to execute assigned tasks.
  8. 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 or interiors office. 
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

 

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Senior Architectural Designer
Portland, OR

Workplace Studio

Generally have 12+ years of experience.

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


About SERA

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

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development.


About Workplace

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

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


Job Title: Senior Architectural Designer
Level: ARC VIII
Supervisor: Studio Leader / PIC
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. 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.

Senior Architectural Designer
Portland, OR

Public Studio

Generally have 12+ years of experience.

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


About SERA

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

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development.


About Public

Our Public 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.


Job Title: Senior Architectural Designer
Level: ARC VIII
Supervisor: Studio Leader / PIC
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. Responsible for originating, leading and generating overall design direction for project teams.
  4. Must be able to rapidly explore a multitude of design options that solve design problems in various ways that are in compliance with applicable jurisdictional requirements.
  5. Actively engage with project team, consultants, clients, public entities, and the community at large when required to advance project design concepts and details.
  6. Supervise, plan, collaborate and review work with team members. This includes mentoring of staff on project teams.
  7. Convey design solutions and communicate effectively to project team, client and general public.
  8. Provide innovative solutions that are sound, founded in deep architectural practice theory and consistently align with SERA’s organizational mission, vision and core values.
  9. Initiate and maintain extensive contacts with key architects and officials of other organizations and companies, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues.
  10. Deliver iterative design ideas that meet project goals including project schedules, budgets, applicable codes, in addition to advancing organization mission, vision and core values.
  11. Understand and adhere to the project's contract requirements. Provide attention to detail at areas of higher risk or deemed critical for the success of the project.
  12. Use the building code to develop architectural solutions. Provide code interpretations that are advantageous for the project and client.
  13. Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and mature architectural judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented architectural problems, determining program objectives and requirements, organizing programs and projects, and developing standards and guides for diverse architectural activities. 
  14. Generate and supervises design presentations.
  15. Advance work to be recognized as an expert/leader and authority in the company in a broad area of expertise or in a narrow but narrowly specialized field.
  16. Promote firm and project goals of excellence in design, execution and sustainability.
  17. Be a recognized expert and essential resource to other SERA staff.

   Additional

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


Education and Experience

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Project Manager
Portland, OR

Workplace Studio

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.


About Workplace

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

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


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

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

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

   Additional

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


Education and Experience

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


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Job Captain (Construction Administration Focus)
Portland, OR

Multi-Family Housing Studio

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 (Construction Administration Focus)
Department: Housing
Supervisor: Project Manager or Project Architect
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities 
   Primary

  1. Collaboration with project manager and team in various aspects of design
  2. Supports the resolution of design solutions during design and construction phases
  3. Plays key role in implementing software and firm standards on a specific project
  4. Performs and documents systems and material research; assists design team and specifications writer with systems and material selection
  5. Performs architectural and building systems analysis
  6. Attends on-site visits and client meetings to verify design requirements and delivers design progress reviews.
  7. Writes reports and assists in specifications writing
  8. Receives guidance for unusual or complex issues, independently performs most assignments
  9. Leads project documentation, design or construction projects on small scale projects, or a defined effort on larger, more complex projects while fostering sustainable outcomes
  10. Effectively meets deadlines
  11. Mentors, coordinates, and supervises junior staff and/or reviews work of outside consultants
  12. Participates in project reviews regarding project costs, budgets and adherence to schedule
  13. Independently performs construction administration

   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.

Senior Project Architect
Oakland, CA

Generally have 15+ years of experience.

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


About SERA

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

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development.


Job Title:  Senior Project Architect
Level:  ARC VIII
Supervisor: Studio Leader/PIC
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. Proactively lead, organize and execute marketing and business development opportunities.
  11. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  12. Keep abreast of and understand national trends in the A/E/C industry and how they apply to SERA culture, practices and processes.
  13. Perform QA/QC.
  14. Keep abreast of and understand influences impacting SERA clients.

   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. The ability to be the main author and/or assist/support a 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. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.
  4. Participate/ lead in the management review of subordinate staff.
  5. Participation in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  6. Take on leadership roles in the office for a variety of assignments, either temporary or permanent.
  7. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Licensed architect is required. Multiple jurisdictions preferred. Generally have 15+ years of experience.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Bluebeam, MS Office Suite required.
  • LEED AP Preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possesses advanced and/ or expert 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.
  • 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.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Project Assist
Portland, OR

Multi-Family Housing Studio

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.

Office Housekeeping Assistant
Portland, OR

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

This is a full-time position, and has the following employee benefits: healthcare, paid time off, HOP pass or commuting bonuses, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), and a 401k match. Healthcare coverage for employees is covered 100% by SERA, and includes medical, dental, and vision.


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: Office Housekeeping Assistant
Supervisor: Sr. Executive Assistant
FLSA: Non-exempt

Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Kitchen maintenance including (but not limited to):
  2. Loading and unloading industrial dishwashers multiple times a day
  3. Distributing dishes between four kitchens, including walking up and down stairs carrying dishes multiple times a day
  4. Ability to work with low supervision to maintain kitchen inventory and cleanliness
  5. Catering support – maintenance of conference rooms, beverages, and set up/break down of catering as appropriate.     
  6. The procuring and stocking of kitchen and catering supplies and orders.
  7. Manage SERA laundry.
  8. Misc. errand support for SERA staff.
  9. Provide on call admin support and coverage as needed when staff is sick, on vacation, etc..        
  10. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education, Experience, other Qualifications

  • High School Diploma required.
  • Preferred proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong time-management and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to perform a high degree of physical activity several hours every day including; walking, lifting and climbing several flights of stairs.
  • Professional demeanor in person and over the phone.
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Ability to work collectively with the administrative team associates.
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Flexible – can-do attitude.
  • Firm sense of responsibility.
  • The ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Availability to work early morning shifts.
     

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Senior Executive Assistant
Portland, OR

The Senior Executive Assistant is responsible for providing confidential administrative support to the Managing Principal ensuring highly sensitive support with integrity and professionalism. In this role, you'll handle a wide variety of tasks and responsibilities, including scheduling and calendar management, meeting coordination and logistics; drafting and management of correspondence; and directing and responding to inquiries. The Senior Executive Assistant is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating support services for SERA. This position may also have ongoing contact/communication with senior management of SERA 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: Senior Executive Assistant
Department: Administration
Supervisor: Managing Principal
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities  
   Primary 

  1. Provide senior level administrative assistance and support to Managing Principal (including management of calendar in Outlook). Assist with presentations, continuing education opportunities, travel, agendas for senior leadership meetings. Review e-mail, providing input and flagging items of greatest importance for immediate review.
  2. Assist Managing Principal in planning and organizing meetings, internal and external. 
  3. Manage ad hoc projects at senior leadership’s request.
  4. Oversee and guide direction of administrative staff.
  5. Hire, mentor, coach, and provide discipline for members of the administrative staff.

   Additional

  1. Committee and Task Group Involvement
          a.   Operations Committee monthly meetings – Manage calendar, assist with agenda, act as Scribe.
          b.   AIAO LAC Roundtable monthly meetings – Manage calendar, assist with agenda, act as Scribe, issue meeting minutes via e-mail/Google docs.
  2. Provide administrative assistance to Risk Manager.
  3. Other duties as assigned. 


Education, Experience, and other Qualifications

  • BA or BS required.
  • Preferred experience providing support at the executive level; professional demeanor.
  • Experience in the field of architecture, engineering or construction preferred.
  • 5+ years related professional experience.
  • Prior management or supervisor experience preferred.
  • Experience coordinating multiple calendars, schedules and meetings.
  • Experience taking and preparing meeting minutes.
  • Experience managing Outlook contacts for executive staff.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Google Docs and/or other cloud-based tools.
  • Experience with multi-line phone system.
  • Valid driver’s license with a good driving record.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven managerial and operational abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability managing and prioritizing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality internally/externally.
  • Outstanding communication skills including the ability to communicate detailed information to a diverse audience. Communication must be at a professional level with attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation; ability to create strong mentoring relationships.
  • Above average ability to work efficiently with IT/AV functions (typically used in meetings). High level of comfort with technology and demonstrated experience with a variety of software applications.
  • Team player with the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
  • Flexible. Not bothered by interruptions.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.
  • Proactive and willing to take on any job that needs to be done.
  • Sense of humor.


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Senior Job Captain
Portland, OR

Workplace Studio

Generally have 6+ years of experience.

This position requires an independent thinker to lead a team with the project manager. You will be able to guide projects, using your experience and professional judgement to craft the final outcome. You will have the opportunity to develop a wide array of skills whether they be technical, design, or managerial.  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.


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

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


Job Title: Architectural Senior Job Captain
Level: ARC V
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Understand and ensure adherence to SERA's graphic standards across team members.
  2. Ability to perform independent construction contract administration.
  3. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of 3-6 staff members. This includes the mentoring of staff on project teams.
  4. Use the building code to develop architectural drawings. Provide code interpretations supporting the project objectives.
  5. Support the project by interacting/ negotiating with jurisdictions to obtain building permits.
  6. Interact with the client to achieve project goals.
  7. Familiarity and adherence to project contract requirements.
  8. Provide leadership for the project assigned.
  9. Interact with other SERA resources to achieve project goals.
  10. As individual researcher or staff specialist, carries out complex or unique assignments requiring the development of new or improved techniques and procedures.
  11. Ability to design and execute portions of larger projects or entire smaller projects.

   Additional

  1. May perform limited project management duties such as project work plan and schedule development either as part of a larger project or as individual researcher.
  2. Be a resource to and/ or for other SERA staff.
  3. Be familiar with current trends in the A/E/C industry.
  4. Participate in the management review of subordinate staff.
  5. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  6. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Architectural license preferred.
  • Six or more years of professional experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite, and Bluebeam required.
  • LEED AP Preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possesses 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, Deltek preferred.
  • 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.
  • Established critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem with limited supervision.
  • Established professional judgment and decision-making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.
  • Ability to resolve conflict within project teams.
  • 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.

Receptionist
Portland, OR

Under supervision of the Sr. Executive Assistant, the Receptionist provides friendly, efficient customer service and creates a welcoming atmosphere for all of our guests. The employee also assists and provides clerical and operational support for SERA staff.


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.


Duties and Responsibilities  
   Primary

  1. Answer incoming telephone calls, and forwards calls to appropriate personnel or department.
  2. Welcome visitors, determine nature of business and announce visitors to appropriate personnel.
  3. Monitor visitor access and maintain security awareness.
  4. Receives, sorts and routes mail.
  5. Maintains fax machines, assisting users; send faxes and retrieve/route incoming faxes.
  6. Manage conference room schedules.

   Additional

  1. Clerical support for SERA staff; data entry.
  2. Arrange couriers, process and distribute packages for staff.
  3. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education, Experience, other Qualifications

  • High school diploma required.
  • Preferred proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Established proficiency with multi-line phone systems, fax and postage machines.
  • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Professional demeanor in person and over the phone.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of customer service principles and practices.
  • Team player with the ability to work collectively with the administrative team associates.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Flexible and does not mind interruptions.
  • Above average organization skills, attention to detail.
  • Interest in continuing education, especially software applications.
  • Reliability and a firm sense of responsibility. 
  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • The ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • The ability to spend several hours per day walking and using stairs.

 

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern
Portland, OR

Through a grant awarded by the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO), SERA has an opening for a four-month, part-time position starting January 2020 for current architecture or engineering students to support our data collection and reporting for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment.

“The mission of the AIA 2030 Commitment is to support the 2030 Challenge and transform the practice of architecture in a way that is holistic, firm-wide, project based, and data-driven. By prioritizing energy performance, participating firms can more easily work toward carbon neutral buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.”

SERA was an early adopter of the 2030 Commitment and although we have consistently reported our projects since 2010, we see an opportunity to improve our internal reporting and how we integrate that effort into our design process. The Net Zero Emerging Leader intern will work with staff across the firm’s studios to gather project information and energy performance data to provide our annual reporting of energy metrics for any project currently in design. The intern will then have the opportunity to collaborate on how we integrate this data into several initiatives and help implement these new resources and tools.

Program Goals:

The Energy Trust of Oregon’s goals for the 2020 Net Zero Emerging Leaders Internship Grant include:

  • Assisting architecture and engineering firms in gaining additional insight on the energy performance of their building designs
  • Enabling architecture and engineering firms to establish an AIA 2030 Commitment reporting infrastructure and resources for reporting across a portfolio of projects
  • Promoting career development opportunities for emerging and future architecture and engineer professionals; architecture and engineering firm internships can provide students with an understanding of net-zero building design in Oregon as well as real-world experience with the firm’s projects
  • Encouraging architecture and engineering firms to use a diversity, equity, inclusion lens while weighing their intern candidates. For example, some candidates may have had fewer opportunities for career advancement or may represent a demographic that is not proportionally represented amongst professional architects/engineers. Using additional criteria in weighting candidates can enable the growth of diverse perspectives, infusing the local architectural and engineering industry so that future building designs may more likely meet the needs of all Oregonians
  • Providing a forum for architecture and engineering firms’ Net Zero Emerging Leaders interns to present, to each other and to the broader design community on the results of their internships, at a High-Performance Design Training event hosted by Energy Trust New Buildings.


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.

About SuRG

Our Sustainability Group has a depth of experience in research associated with green technologies, sustainable design and policy to promote sustainable development goals. We have an established Internship program which provides structure, oversight and guidance to our interns from a direct mentor, the studio principal, and HR. The intern receives an initial on-boarding from HR, has a dedicated workstation, meets each day with their mentor, and has regular contact with the studio (Sustainability Resource Group) director to discuss deliverables and deadlines.


Job Title:  Net Zero Emerging Leaders Intern
Supervisor:  SuRG Integrated Design Specialist
FLSA:  Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Availability of 10-15 hours per week during business hours in SERA’s Portland office for about 12 weeks between January and early April 2020. A minimum of 120 hours is required.
  2. Review the requirements of the AIA 2030 Commitment and online reporting database (DDX).
  3. Develop an understanding of the energy and carbon metrics used for goal setting, design development, energy analysis, code compliance, green rating systems, and 2030 reporting;
  4. Implement DDx reporting for approximately 35 – 40 projects across SERA’s studios by the March 31, 2020 submission deadline;
  5. Become familiar with recent SERA initiatives for project charters, goal setting, and the Sustainability Action Plan (SAP)
  6. Collaborate with Sustainability Resource Group members on ways to improve the visibility and effectiveness of these metrics as a means for improving building performance;
  7. Assist with the development of internal design tools and resources;
  8. Present findings and lessons learned within the firm;
  9. Participate in 2 – 3 events facilitated by the ETO to discuss and present the program’s findings;
  10. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Current student actively working towards Bachelor’s or Master’s at an accredited Architecture or Engineering 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.