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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

Oakland, CA

Level: ARC VI 

Supervisor: Studio Leader/Senior Architectural Designer

FLSA:  Exempt


Summary

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.


Why SERA?

SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


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 + 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.


What you'll bring:

· 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. 

 

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Portland, OR

Department: Human Resources

Supervisor:  HR Director

FLSA:  Non-Exempt


Summary

The Compensation and Benefits Administrator coordinates and administers the employee compensation and benefits programs at SERA. The role is specifically responsible for the day-to-day questions about benefits programs (group health, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending plan, retirement plans, etc.). This position provides excellent customer service and assists in the design of quality benefits plans. The administrator researches new approaches to compensation and benefits and makes recommendations for enhancements or improvements to keep the organization’s plans competitive and effective.

 

Why SERA? 

SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Duties and Responsibilities

   Primary

1. Coordinates and administers medical, dental, vision, cobra, disability, life insurance, and 401(k) programs to effectively support employees and to ensure benefits are properly administered.

2. Advises and informs employees of changes related to benefits including eligibility, coverage, and provisions.

3. Updates HRIS and benefit systems with new enrollments and changes.

4. Facilitates accurate and timely delivery of employer contributions and employee payroll deductions to carriers, plan administrators, or other appropriate service providers.

5. Assist with administering company’s wellness program and incentives which may include the coordination of employee events (Flu Shot Clinics, etc.).

6. Participates in the Open Enrollment process.? 

7. Interprets and advises employees on benefit changes that impact coverage.

8. Compiles compensation data for various salary survey participation.

9. Prepares all salary reviews including merit increases, off-cycle adjustments, and promotions. 

10. Audits pay and salary information for accuracy.

11. Generates HRIS reports on compensation trends by studio/department.

12. Support the continuous development and implementation of compensation policies, best practices, and process improvements – level of responsibility.

13. Ensures all employee benefit plan information is current and accessible.

14. Ensures timely completion of annual compliance testing and reporting 5500.

15. Assist the HR Director in ensuring benefits plan administration complies to applicable laws (e.g. HIPAA, ERISA).

16. Completes records, reporting, and other documentation required by federal, state, and provider rules, regulations, and policies.

17. May participate in identifying and selecting carriers and plans based on quotes, available benefits, and prior experience.

18. Assists with maintenance and tracking all appropriate documentation for compensation and benefits compliance reporting.

19. Assists in administering leave of absences, ensuring compliance with state and federal laws.

20. Assists in developing and conducting employee communication and education programs.

21. Maintains knowledge of trends, developments, and best practices in compensation and benefits administration.


   Additional

1. Initial point-of-contact for day-to-day HR-related employee requests. 

2. Assist with FLSA reviews, questions, and research.

3. Prepares employee communications and correspondence. 

4. Assists with maintenance of employee information and documentation.

5. May assist with maintenance/updating job descriptions associated with new roles and review outcomes.

6. Audits and maintains updated personnel, benefit, and payroll documentation. Ensuring that files and records are maintained in accordance with legal requirements and SERA’s policies and procedures. 

7. Assists with processing and maintenance of payroll records as needed.

8. Other duties as assigned.


Education + Experience

· Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Finance, or related required.

· 3 to 5 years of experience administering compensation or benefits programs required. 

· Experience in the architectural field preferred.

· Knowledge of COBRA, HIPAA, and ERISA requirements.

· Experience administering compensation or benefits programs required.

· SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP preferred.

· Formal/informal training related to conflict resolution and/or effective communication, preferred.

· Experience with ADP for payroll processing, preferred.


What you'll bring:

· Ability to apply professionalism and discretion in handling confidential information.

· Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

· 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, and process management.

· 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.

 

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Portland, OR

What you’ll do:
You will work directly with both the technology systems and people at SERA to help create better community spaces by enabling greater production through technology. From our Portland office you will work with the rest of the IT team to support end user devices, networks, servers, applications, and users spanning our two offices in Oakland and Portland as well as WFH users and pop-up satellite locations.


Why is this role important?
Digital tools are critical to enabling our design staff to implement client’s needs for spaces that serve our communities in a sustainable manner. Your work will directly impact our ability to support the growth of sustainable development practices in all the communities we serve. We have been investing in a modern IT infrastructure and this position will facilitate that modernization through the implementation of new systems designed from the ground up to be secure, redundant, virtualized from workstation to application, and focused on application delivery and data centralization for decision making.


Why SERA? 

SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • 2-year Technical Degree, relevant IT certifications (ex. Network+, CCNA, etc.), or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with Windows OS administration, troubleshooting remote access connections, and Office 365.
  • Practical experience in troubleshooting a Windows networked environment supporting laptops/ desktops, video conferencing, and various wireless devices.

What you'll bring:

  • Knowledge of end user Windows operating systems.
  • Knowledge of current cybersecurity standards (CIS, CSA, NIST etc.).
  • Knowledge of Office 365/Azure.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Cloud suite, Bluebeam, Newforma, ArcGIS, CAD, and AutoDesk products preferred.
  • Familiarity with mobile operating systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills; ability to work in an open environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and contribute in a team environment.
  • Ability to comfortably lift and carry 50 pounds; walk with / carry equipment upstairs as needed.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oakland, CA

What you’ll do:
As a SERA Job Captain, you will leverage and hone the skills and knowledge to take a project from concept through construction. This mid-level position allows you to build on your past experience and begin focusing on roles and tasks that you’re particularly passionate about. Job Captains perform a multitude of functions, from designing particular aspects within a project to creating beautiful client-facing presentations, coordinating with consultants, and leading design documentation.


Why is this role important?
Job Captains are at the core of a collaborative team environment, coordinating and overseeing the work of junior staff, collaborating with Project Architects, Designers and Principals, and using an array of tools, media and communication methods. This position requires a high level of skill in Revit, fluency in the Adobe Creative Suite and an eagerness to solve gnarly problems at every scale.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + 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.

What you'll bring:

  • Knowledge of Enscape, Lumion, Bluebeam, Rhino, Formit, and/or Sketchup 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.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you’ll do:
As a SERA Job Captain, you will leverage and hone the skills and knowledge to take a project from concept through construction. This mid-level position allows you to build on your past experience and begin focusing on roles and tasks that you’re particularly passionate about. Job Captains perform a multitude of functions, from designing particular aspects within a project to creating beautiful client-facing presentations, coordinating with consultants, and leading design documentation.


Why is this role important?
Job Captains are at the core of a collaborative team environment, coordinating and overseeing the work of junior staff, collaborating with Project Architects, Designers and Principals, and using an array of tools, media and communication methods. This position requires a high level of skill in Revit, fluency in the Adobe Creative Suite and an eagerness to solve gnarly problems at every scale.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + 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.

What you'll bring:

  • Knowledge of Enscape, Lumion, Bluebeam, Rhino, Formit, and/or Sketchup 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. 

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you’ll do:
This position offers an exciting entry point into the design profession. You will have the opportunity to learn and work in all phases of design with the support and mentorship of more Senior Designers, Project Managers and Principals. Project assists frequently gain valuable insight into client relationships by attending and listening into client meetings and presentations. This position leverages and accelerates knowledge of Revit and the Adobe creative suite.


Why is this role important?
Project Assists fuel projects with unbridled creative energy and support projects through the building of technical skills including modeling and rendering, graphics, material selections and architectural drawings.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + 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.

What you'll bring:

  • 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.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oakland, CA

What you’ll do: 

You will work collaboratively with firm Principals and senior staff on fast-paced private development projects. Your creative input, insight, and knowledge will be highly valued on projects where your responsibilities will include preliminary regulation research, design support, testing and exploration, generating presentations and supporting graphic collateral, coordinating with sub-consultants and mentoring less experienced staff. 


Why is this role important?

Urban Design and Planning is an interdisciplinary studio within SERA that interacts with architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, and engineers across the firm’s five market sector-aligned studios. By bringing interdisciplinary skills together throughout the design process, we plan, design, and build vibrant places for our private sector clients while always keeping a focus on the greater community good. The perfect candidate has an interest and affinity with interdisciplinary design processes and a proven ability to take ideas to realization with the mindset of best practices in urbanism.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea. 


Education + 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.

What you'll bring:

  • Knowledge of Enscape, Lumion, Bluebeam, Rhino, Formit, and/or Sketchup 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. 

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Portland, OR

 

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


What you’ll do: 

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.


Why is this role important?

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.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea. 


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 + 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.

What you'll bring:

  • 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.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you'll do:
This role is characterized by its broad exposure to many facets of the architectural design and delivery, allowing Project Assists to identify and hone their personal strengths and aspirations early in their career, while being supported and mentored by experienced and passionate teammates.


Why is this role important?
In this position, you will work with Project Architects, Designers and Principals to develop presentations and deliverables in each phase of a project. Project Assists have the opportunity to rapidly gain skills in sketching, rendering, diagramming, technical design, documentation and communication. Project Assists are an invaluable part of every SERA team!


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Generally have 0 - 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.

What you'll bring:

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

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you’ll do:
In this role, you will work closely with Designers, Principals, consultants and the client to coordinate and steer the design and technical development of a project, while also sharing your knowledge and supervising the work of junior staff. The best Project Architects not only have a keen eye for design and a fastidious attention to detail, but relish solving gnarly problems at every scale.


Why is this role important?
At SERA, Project Architects are the backbone of every successful team. Your extensive professional experience and deep industry knowledge will allow you to influence the practice of architecture within the firm and your ability to work with and guide teams will provide the basis for a stronger firm, profession, and industry.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea. 


Education + 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.

What you'll bring:

  • 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.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oakland, CA

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


What you’ll do: 
Join our team and you will be leading, among other innovative projects, Mass timber high-rise and modular mid-rise housing projects with progressive clients. You’ll be working with exceptionally talented internal and external partners who are dedicated and passionate about the success of the projects they are involved in. This is an opportunity to push the envelope and put forth solutions to achieve beautifully designed, highly sustainability housing at all levels of affordability.

At SERA we are focused on a highly collaborative project experience where everyone contributes design ideas. You’ll be joining a firm that is dedicated to improving the lives of others. We care about each other, we care about our communities, and we care about our work. 


Why is this role important?
As a design-focused Senior Project Manager, you will play a critical role in optimizing your team’s performance and supporting the design of each project. We are looking for someone with exceptional communication and problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate is someone who is masterful at balancing multiple stakeholders and providing design impact at the right time. You will engage directly with clients and become a trusted partner in helping them craft and define their priorities in a way that aligns with the design process.  In addition to advocating for the project design and quality,  you’ll need to have significant experience managing the design team needs along with project scope, schedule, fee, agreements and invoicing. And if you have experience with integrated project delivery, including Design/Build that would be beneficial for some of our projects.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea. 


Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • California Architectural License is preferred.
  • Have 15+ years of experience.
  • LEED AP Preferred.

What you'll bring:

  • Established knowledge of accounting and project management software. We currently use Bluebeam, MS Project, Vantagepoint and Asana - but are interested in understanding the tools that have been effective for you.
  • Possesses knowledge of California Code and Accessibility requirements 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.

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, design intent, 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 the 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.
  18. Experience with varying project delivery methods, including Design/Build a plus.

   Additional 

  1. Develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, contractors, and jurisdictional/approval agencies. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.
  2. Participate in the 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.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you’ll do: 
This position builds upon a foundation of knowledge of interior design principles and technical skills and allows you to grow in the profession by beginning to lead client presentations and mentor and delegate to less experienced staff members. In this position, you will become fluent at using Revit both as a documentation tool and as a design study and presentation model with clients, including using Enscape and VR tools.


Why is this role important?
Career development is key to SERA’s strength and longevity as a firm. We provide opportunities and support for our mid-level staff to grow their skill sets, building autonomy and the chance to define their own greater next steps. In the long term, we see this as a role where success leads naturally to increasing levels of leadership and creative opportunities. 


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea. 


Education + 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.   

 What you'll bring:

  • 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.
     

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Oakland, CA

What you’ll do:
You will work with our Job Captains and Senior Design staff on highly collaborative and interdisciplinary projects to assist in the design process, support the construction documentation effort as well as developing presentation graphics for site based projects. Staff mentorship is integral to our process at SERA, and we offer new professionals a supportive and multi-faceted environment for career growth with exposure to a wide variety of project types and roles.


Why is this role important?
Our Landscape team works across SERA’s varied portfolio on a variety of scales and project types, from plaza and courtyard design, to parks and neighborhood open space, to streetscapes and corridors. This position will be essential to working across a highly interdisciplinary, and highly varied portfolio of work.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited Landscape Architecture program.
  • 1-2 years of professional experience is desired.

What you'll bring:

  • Rhino and Lumion experience is preferred.
  • Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino and Lumion experience is preferred.
  • Passion for Landscape Architecture and the ability to work in collaborative environment.
  • General knowledge of site and landscape materials and systems.
  • Strong communication skills: graphics, written and verbal.
  • Interest and basic knowledge in Landscape Architectural design and documentation from concept through implementation.
  • Ability to think and learn at multiple scales from detailed design to larger scale master planning work.
  • Interest in planting design and basic knowledge of native plant material.
  • Eager and adaptive learner.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you’ll do:
You will work with our Job Captains and Senior Design staff on highly collaborative and interdisciplinary projects to assist in the design process, support the construction documentation effort as well as developing presentation graphics for site based projects. Staff mentorship is integral to our process at SERA, and we offer new professionals a supportive and multi-faceted environment for career growth with exposure to a wide variety of project types and roles.


Why is this role important?
Our Landscape team works across SERA’s varied portfolio on a variety of scales and project types, from plaza and courtyard design, to parks and neighborhood open space, to streetscapes and corridors. This position will be essential to working across a highly interdisciplinary, and highly varied portfolio of work.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited Landscape Architecture program.
  • 1-2 years of professional experience is desired.

What you'll bring:

  • Rhino and Lumion experience is preferred.
  • Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino and Lumion experience is preferred.
  • Passion for Landscape Architecture and the ability to work in collaborative environment.
  • General knowledge of site and landscape materials and systems.
  • Strong communication skills: graphics, written and verbal.
  • Interest and basic knowledge in Landscape Architectural design and documentation from concept through implementation.
  • Ability to think and learn at multiple scales from detailed design to larger scale master planning work.
  • Interest in planting design and basic knowledge of native plant material.
  • Eager and adaptive learner.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you’ll do:
SERA is an extremely successful design firm that works across a broad range of sectors and is always looking to push the limits of how we work. In our Marketing group, we are moving from a traditional proposal manager model to something more full service and empowered: the Marketing Account Manager, who will be assigned to specific studios and partner closely with their leaders to provide a full spectrum of support. Areas of focus include market research; identifying, vetting, and leading pursuits from first rumor to final outcome; planning and coordinating photography in conjunction with project principals and our Sr Graphic Designer (and, depending on interest and secret skills, participating with her in art direction); strategizing and developing awards submissions in partnership with our Marketing Storyteller; and helping to build out our ever-growing collection of data to be leveraged in creative ways in the future.


Why is this role important?
Working with a limited number of specific market sectors allows you to dive deep and build expertise—and working through the full life cycle of every effort allows you to bring strategic thought and creative leadership to everything you’re doing. As your relationship with studio leaders deepens, it also creates opportunities for you to participate in business development strategy and the evolution of the studio’s identity and branding, positioning you as a trusted advisor and communications expert within your group.

We expect this to be a challenge and to take some time to figure out and evolve. You will always have the enthusiastic support of your Marketing Director, Sr Director of BD, Marketing Principal, and Managing Principal. Are you up for the challenge and rewards of building something new?


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • BS or BA degree in Marketing, Journalism, Communications, or a related field is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in the marketing department of A/E/C firm(s).
  • Advanced experience with the proposal process and interview preparation.
  • Established familiarity and interest in best practices within the AE Marketing field.

What you’ll bring:

  • High level of skill with Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Slides required
  • Critical thinking, advanced writing skills, and verbal and written communications skills are indispensable
  • Editing and proofreading capabilities and experience juggling head-down and highly collaborative work will be extremely valuable
  • Familiarity with Deltek Vantagepoint preferred.
  • Advanced creative and technical writing skills, grammar and spelling, and editing and proofreading capabilities.
  • Advanced verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced ability to work under tight deadlines, coordinating several projects at once.
  • Advanced project management skills: Ability to define tasks and timeline for getting projects to the finish line, and ability to execute, keeping projects on schedule and achieving defined objectives and milestones.
  • Goal oriented, strategic thinker, self-directed.
  • Established collaborative work style in a team environment

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oakland, CA

Level: INT VI

Supervisor: Studio Leader

FLSA: Exempt


Summary

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


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Duties and Responsibilities

   Primary

1. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of an entire ID project team. This includes the mentoring of ID staff on project teams.

2. Use the building code to develop architectural plans. Provide code interpretations supporting the project objectives.

3. Support the project by interacting/negotiating with jurisdictions to obtain building permits.

4. Interact with the client to achieve project goals. Propose potential solutions that advance the project in unique ways.

5. Understand and adhere to the project’s contract requirements.

6. Provide strong leadership for the project assigned; create and organize work plans for interior design project team. Demonstrate through firm wide leadership by helping other design teams.

7. Report concisely and accurately to senior staff the status of the project. This includes Staffing/ financial reports of the project, moral of the team, client perception and the ability to forecast short term project needs.

8. Be a resource to other SERA staff.

9. Develop, articulate and execute the project scope for a wide variety of projects.

10. Research and select finishes appropriate for the project type and use.

11. Lead interiors client presentations.

12. Work independently on all phases of a project.

13. Regularly perform project management functions (schedules, staffing and budgets).

14. Independently coordinate MEP systems relating to interior work.

15. Perform QA/QC.

16. Ability to be the main client contact for a project and lead the client process.


   Additional

1. Perform project management duties such as project work plan and schedule development for entire small to medium projects.

2. Familiarity with trends in the A/E/C industry.

3. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.

4. Participate/lead in the management review of staff members.

5. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.

6. Develop, articulate and define portions of the project scope or entire smaller projects.

7. Interest and/or engagement in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.

8. Work with and support the marketing and business development group in the office.

9. Work with and support the accounting department regarding project financials.

10. Other duties as assigned.


Education + Experience

· Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited program.

· Generally have 8+ years of experience.

· NCIDQ required.

· Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite, and Bluebeam required.

· LEED AP Preferred.


What you'll bring:

· Knowledge of Sketchup, SpecLink, Smartsheet, Deltek preferred.

· Possesses intermediate to advanced knowledge of the OSSC/ ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals.

· Possesses knowledge of other codes such as OMSC, OFC, NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI, City of Portland, etc. and the USGBC LEED rating system and score card.

· Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.

· Advanced ability to determine the right tool for the task.

· Advanced ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.

· Advanced critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem independently.

· Advanced professional judgment and decision-making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.

· Established leadership skills that motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.

· Established skills necessary to resolve conflicts within project teams.

· Established ability to negotiate with and/ or advocate for team members, consultants, clients, jurisdictions for the benefit of SERA and the project.


COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you’ll do:
You will work collaboratively with our Job Captains and Senior staff across a variety of projects to support the urban design process, create reports, graphics, and presentations for our public and private sector clients. Staff mentorship is integral to our process at SERA, and we offer new professionals a supportive and multi-faceted environment for career growth with exposure to a wide variety of project types and roles.


Why is this role important?
Urban Design and Planning is an intentionally interdisciplinary studio within SERA, that interacts with architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, and engineers across the firm’s five market sector-aligned studios. within the firm. By bringing interdisciplinary skills together throughout the design process stages, we plan, design, and build vibrant places for our clients, while always keeping a focus on the greater community good. The perfect candidate has an interest and affinity with interdisciplinary design processes, and a passion for making great places.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited Urban Design, Architecture or Landscape Architecture program.
  • 1-2 years professional experience preferred.

What you'll bring:

  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS are strongly encouraged.
  • Hand sketching skills and experience with Lumion, Twinmotion, Revit, Grasshopper, or AutoCAD experience are a plus.
  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at any given time, and respond quickly to changing client priorities.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oakland, CA

What you’ll do:
You will work collaboratively with our Job Captains and Senior staff across a variety of projects to support the urban design process, create reports, graphics, and presentations for our public and private sector clients. Staff mentorship is integral to our process at SERA, and we offer new professionals a supportive and multi-faceted environment for career growth with exposure to a wide variety of project types and roles.


Why is this role important?
Urban Design and Planning is an intentionally interdisciplinary studio within SERA, that interacts with architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, and engineers across the firm’s five market sector-aligned studios. within the firm. By bringing interdisciplinary skills together throughout the design process stages, we plan, design, and build vibrant places for our clients, while always keeping a focus on the greater community good. The perfect candidate has an interest and affinity with interdisciplinary design processes, and a passion for making great places.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited Urban Design, Architecture or Landscape Architecture program.
  • 1-2 years professional experience preferred.

What you'll bring:

  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS are strongly encouraged.
  • Hand sketching skills and experience with Lumion, Twinmotion, Revit, Grasshopper, or AutoCAD experience are a plus.
  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at any given time, and respond quickly to changing client priorities.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you’ll do:
You will collaborate with our globally recognized corporate clients, award-winning consulting partners, and development partners to direct urban design and planning projects on the cutting edge of innovation. Your work will be fast-paced and creative, requiring strong organizational, interpersonal and client management skills to infuse scope, schedule, and budget structure into a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary design and planning process.


Why is this role important?
Our corporate campus work seeks nothing less than to transform suburban office environments into thriving, resilient communities. You will be a key client contact for some of our most high-profile clients, working at the leading edge of corporate and neighborhood planning.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited Urban Design, Planning, Architecture, or Landscape Architecture program.
  • Have at least 8+ years of experience managing urban design projects.
  • Proficiency with all aspects of project management including generating scopes, budgets and proposals.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Project, and/or Smartsheet and Adobe Creative Suite are required.

What you'll bring:

  • ArcGIS, Revit, and AutoCAD experience are preferred.
  • Adaptability and versatility are a must, as is the ability to mentor less experienced staff.
  • Strong graphic, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills.
  • Ability to facilitate group charrettes and present concepts at consultant, client and community meetings.
  • Ability to lead teams and provide creative direction to planning efforts at a variety of different scales, from streetscapes to community planning efforts.
  • Proactive communication style, both with colleagues as well as clients and partners.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oakland, CA

What you’ll do:
You will collaborate with our globally recognized corporate clients, award-winning consulting partners, and development partners to direct urban design and planning projects on the cutting edge of innovation. Your work will be fast-paced and creative, requiring strong organizational, interpersonal and client management skills to infuse scope, schedule, and budget structure into a rapidly evolving interdisciplinary design and planning process.


Why is this role important?
Our corporate campus work seeks nothing less than to transform suburban office environments into thriving, resilient communities. You will be a key client contact for some of our most high-profile clients, working at the leading edge of corporate and neighborhood planning.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited Urban Design, Planning, Architecture, or Landscape Architecture program.
  • Have at least 8+ years of experience managing urban design projects.
  • Proficiency with all aspects of project management including generating scopes, budgets and proposals.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Project, and/or Smartsheet and Adobe Creative Suite are required.

What you'll bring:

  • ArcGIS, Revit, and AutoCAD experience are preferred.
  • Adaptability and versatility are a must, as is the ability to mentor less experienced staff.
  • Strong graphic, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills.
  • Ability to facilitate group charrettes and present concepts at consultant, client and community meetings.
  • Ability to lead teams and provide creative direction to planning efforts at a variety of different scales, from streetscapes to community planning efforts.
  • Proactive communication style, both with colleagues as well as clients and partners.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

Job Title: Specifier
Supervisor: Technical Design Director
FLSA: Exempt


The Specifier’s focus is writing, editing, and coordinating project specifications to coincide with the project drawings in providing specifications for project manuals on a wide variety of projects. The position also includes periodic quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) reviews during document preparation phases and final production as defined by SERA’s Process Manual.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Duties and Responsibilities
  Primary

  1. Perform specification documentation, as assigned, across all projects with QA/QC coordination reviews, for all phases (SD, DD and CD) of document preparation prior to release of documents for publication.
  2. Participate in team meetings as needed to obtain project design requirements and defining project scope for inclusion in specifications.
  3. Provide project team assistance and guidance in differentiating between similar product components and assemblies; provide product research and comparisons for project teams as needed.
  4. Review documents and coordinate with project team to write and edit specifications for products, validating product applications and compliance with applicable codes, regulations, and office standards within the SERA process manual.
  5. Work collaboratively and coordinate with CMGC/DB Contractors and subcontractors as necessary to further promote project success.
  6. Perform firm-wide QA/QC of construction document preparation (SD, DD and CD phases) prior to release of document publication as an advanced level of risk management.
  7. Demonstrate a high-level understanding of SERA office QA/QC policy, SERA process manual, document graphic standards and electronic documentation policy (including project archiving).
  8. Mentor staff on the importance, structure, contents, and role of specifications in projects.
  9. Participate in project technical charrettes.
  10. Assist in maintaining and contributing to the office master specifications database and developing specification section templates.
  11. Assist in conducting internal specifications training.
  12. Provide direction for architectural product vendor presentations and educational meetings.

   Additional

  1. Provide assistance to project teams regarding constructability of designs
  2. Update and revise SERA office QA/QC policy and make recommendations for improvement to the office process manual.
  3. Participate in SERA office QA/QC program
  4. Develop procedures/checklists to assist project teams in QA/QC and project archiving.
  5. Interface and discuss project challenges with other SERA office managers, specialists, etc.
  6. Assume a Project Architect role as assigned to assist in levels of project administration.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

Education + Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred.
  • Licensed architect with 10 or more years of experience in construction document preparation and a minimum of 5 years in specification preparation, with a minimum 3 years of quality assurance background. Oregon and/or California registration preferred.
  • Demonstrated participation in the preparation of contract documents of the following: new buildings and renovations of existing buildings, office tenant improvements, higher educational, office buildings, hotel/hospitality, Public and Government Facilities, multi-family housing uses, site improvements, and landscape architecture.
  • High level of understanding and familiarity of the International Building Code (IBC); familiarity with relevant jurisdictional specific requirements.
  • Construction Document Technologist (CDT) certification required; Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) preferred.
  • Member of Building Enclosure Council (BEC) preferred.
  • An understanding of the relevant jurisdictional specific building permitting process preferred.
  • Proficiency with the following computer programs: MS Office Suite, BSD SpecLink, BlueBeam.
  • Familiarity with the following programs preferred: Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Design Reviewer.
  • LEED familiarity required; LEED AP preferred.

What you'll bring:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to provide answers to technical inquiries and deliver presentations on research to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Advanced knowledge in construction document preparation, building constructability and project construction materials and their uses and limits.
  • Advanced organization skills and a high attention to detail.
  • Knowledge sufficient to qualify as an expert, an internal consultant, or a resource to SERA staff.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of and passion for sustainable design methodologies and techniques.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oakland, CA

Job Title: Specifier
Supervisor: Technical Design Director
FLSA: Exempt


The Specifier’s focus is writing, editing, and coordinating project specifications to coincide with the project drawings in providing specifications for project manuals on a wide variety of projects. The position also includes periodic quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) reviews during document preparation phases and final production as defined by SERA’s Process Manual.


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Duties and Responsibilities
  Primary

  1. Perform specification documentation, as assigned, across all projects with QA/QC coordination reviews, for all phases (SD, DD and CD) of document preparation prior to release of documents for publication.
  2. Participate in team meetings as needed to obtain project design requirements and defining project scope for inclusion in specifications.
  3. Provide project team assistance and guidance in differentiating between similar product components and assemblies; provide product research and comparisons for project teams as needed.
  4. Review documents and coordinate with project team to write and edit specifications for products, validating product applications and compliance with applicable codes, regulations, and office standards within the SERA process manual.
  5. Work collaboratively and coordinate with CMGC/DB Contractors and subcontractors as necessary to further promote project success.
  6. Perform firm-wide QA/QC of construction document preparation (SD, DD and CD phases) prior to release of document publication as an advanced level of risk management.
  7. Demonstrate a high-level understanding of SERA office QA/QC policy, SERA process manual, document graphic standards and electronic documentation policy (including project archiving).
  8. Mentor staff on the importance, structure, contents, and role of specifications in projects.
  9. Participate in project technical charrettes.
  10. Assist in maintaining and contributing to the office master specifications database and developing specification section templates.
  11. Assist in conducting internal specifications training.
  12. Provide direction for architectural product vendor presentations and educational meetings.

  Additional 

  1. Provide assistance to project teams regarding constructability of designs
  2. Update and revise SERA office QA/QC policy and make recommendations for improvement to the office process manual.
  3. Participate in SERA office QA/QC program
  4. Develop procedures/checklists to assist project teams in QA/QC and project archiving.
  5. Interface and discuss project challenges with other SERA office managers, specialists, etc.
  6. Assume a Project Architect role as assigned to assist in levels of project administration.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

Education + Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred.
  • Licensed architect with 10 or more years of experience in construction document preparation and a minimum of 5 years in specification preparation, with a minimum 3 years of quality assurance background. Oregon and/or California registration preferred.
  • Demonstrated participation in the preparation of contract documents of the following: new buildings and renovations of existing buildings, office tenant improvements, higher educational, office buildings, hotel/hospitality, Public and Government Facilities, multi-family housing uses, site improvements, and landscape architecture.
  • High level of understanding and familiarity of the International Building Code (IBC); familiarity with relevant jurisdictional specific requirements.
  • Construction Document Technologist (CDT) certification required; Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) preferred.
  • Member of Building Enclosure Council (BEC) preferred.
  • An understanding of the relevant jurisdictional specific building permitting process preferred.
  • Proficiency with the following computer programs: MS Office Suite, BSD SpecLink, BlueBeam.
  • Familiarity with the following programs preferred: Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Design Reviewer.
  • LEED familiarity required; LEED AP preferred.

What you'll bring:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to provide answers to technical inquiries and deliver presentations on research to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Advanced knowledge in construction document preparation, building constructability and project construction materials and their uses and limits.
  • Advanced organization skills and a high attention to detail.
  • Knowledge sufficient to qualify as an expert, an internal consultant, or a resource to SERA staff.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of and passion for sustainable design methodologies and techniques.

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oakland, CA

What you’ll do:
SERA is an extremely successful design firm that works across a broad range of sectors and is always looking to push the limits of how we work. In our Marketing group, we are moving from a traditional proposal manager model to something more full service and empowered: the Marketing Account Manager, who will be assigned to specific studios and partner closely with their leaders to provide a full spectrum of support. Areas of focus include market research; identifying, vetting, and leading pursuits from first rumor to final outcome; planning and coordinating photography in conjunction with project principals and our Sr Graphic Designer (and, depending on interest and secret skills, participating with her in art direction); strategizing and developing awards submissions in partnership with our Marketing Storyteller; and helping to build out our ever-growing collection of data to be leveraged in creative ways in the future.


Why is this role important?
Working with a limited number of specific market sectors allows you to dive deep and build expertise—and working through the full life cycle of every effort allows you to bring strategic thought and creative leadership to everything you’re doing. As your relationship with studio leaders deepens, it also creates opportunities for you to participate in business development strategy and the evolution of the studio’s identity and branding, positioning you as a trusted advisor and communications expert within your group.

We expect this to be a challenge and to take some time to figure out and evolve. You will always have the enthusiastic support of your Marketing Director, Sr Director of BD, Marketing Principal, and Managing Principal. Are you up for the challenge and rewards of building something new?


Why SERA?
SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.


Education + Experience

  • BS or BA degree in Marketing, Journalism, Communications, or a related field is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in the marketing department of A/E/C firm(s).
  • Advanced experience with the proposal process and interview preparation.
  • Established familiarity and interest in best practices within the AE Marketing field.

What you’ll bring:

  • High level of skill with Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Slides required
  • Critical thinking, advanced writing skills, and verbal and written communications skills are indispensable
  • Editing and proofreading capabilities and experience juggling head-down and highly collaborative work will be extremely valuable
  • Familiarity with Deltek Vantagepoint preferred.
  • Advanced creative and technical writing skills, grammar and spelling, and editing and proofreading capabilities.
  • Advanced verbal communication skills.
  • Advanced ability to work under tight deadlines, coordinating several projects at once.
  • Advanced project management skills: Ability to define tasks and timeline for getting projects to the finish line, and ability to execute, keeping projects on schedule and achieving defined objectives and milestones.
  • Goal oriented, strategic thinker, self-directed.
  • Established collaborative work style in a team environment

COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Oakland, CA

Level: INT IV

Supervisor: Studio Leader

FLSA:  Exempt


Summary

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.


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 + 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. 


What you'll bring 

· 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.


COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required) 

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

Why SERA?

SERA is a firm of learners, eager to advance the resilient and equitable outcomes we want to see for our communities and the planet. Our 100% employee-owned firm promotes a collaborative environment where every staff member’s unique strengths and contributions are valued. Sustainability, urbanism, and community-building are intrinsic to the ways we think and work. We’re not afraid of the gnarly problems that come with this territory; in fact, some of our favorite workdays wrap up around the kegerator passionately hashing out the next, better idea.   


What you’ll do

You’ll be working with protect teams across the firm to administer the Quality Management Program.


Why is this role important?

This role is key to promoting consistent quality of the documents and managing risk.


Summary

This position oversees the assignment and execution of the various Quality Management program components.