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

SERA is proud to have been recognized by AIA Northwest & Pacific as a 2022 EP Friendly Firm Award winner. We have a proud history of investing in our emerging professional staff and working with them to achieve their professional milestones.

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

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.

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

Department: Administration

Supervisor: Lead Administrative Assistant 

FLSA: Non-Exempt


Summary

Under supervision of the Lead Administrative Assistant, this employee provides an exceptional guest service experience to our guests and visitors and may also assist with and provide clerical and operational support for SERA staff.


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  

  1. Welcome guests, check-in using up-to-date office policies and procedures (re: COVID) and announce visitors to appropriate personnel.
  2. Act as the face of SERA, providing friendly and effective customer services to clients and staff.
  3. Answer incoming telephone calls and forward calls to appropriate personnel or department using a software based central phone system (VOIP).
  4. At times, may provide short office tours to visitors and show them to their meeting space. Provide assistance and light refreshments to visitors as needed. 
  5. Receive and sort mail and notify staff of deliveries. 
  6. Arrange couriers and process and ship parcels for staff (this may include bulky items).
  7. Maintain reception resources and manage inventory, including packaging materials.
  8. Manage the reception Outlook email inbox, routing email inquiries to the correct recipient. 
  9. Manage conference room schedules, assist staff with scheduling as needed.
  10. May assist with projects that would not distract from a customer service focus.
  11. Lead new hire tours of the reception area.
  12. Champion for SERA’s commute data and data entry for Carbon Tracking program. 
  13. Other duties as assigned.


Education + Experience

  • High School Diploma required.
  • Preferred proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Established proficiency with multi-line phone systems; experience with shipping and receiving preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record preferred.


What you'll bring

  • Strong time-management and prioritization skills.
  • 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.
  • Reliability and a firm sense of responsibility.  
  • Ability to perform a high degree of physical activity several hours every day including walking, lifting, etc. 
  • The ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Availability to work early morning shifts preferred. 


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

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Portland, OR

What you'll do:

Lead the day-to-day project management of the construction process as a representative of SERA and work with owner and contractor to solve problems in a timely manner. We are looking for a motivated self-starter who is skilled at managing their time and process.


Why this role is important?

This role is critical to ensure the design intent is carried through to the final product and protect the firm. You’ll be using critical thinking and proactive problem-solving skills to anticipate and/or resolve issues. Summary Responsible for execution of the Construction Administration services on select projects. You will be able to guide projects, using your experience and professional judgement to craft the final outcome. You will be able to influence exciting projects across a wide variety of types and clients.


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. Understand and ensure adherence to SERA's standards.

2. Attend on-site meetings and visits, and complete field observation reports.

3. Perform independent construction contract administration and receive guidance for unusual or complex issues, as needed.

4. Participate in project reviews regarding project costs, budgets, and adherence to schedule.

5. May supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of up to 1-2 staff members. This may include the mentoring of staff on project teams. Review the work of outside consultants.

6. Use the building code to develop architectural drawings and revision documents. Provide code research and interpretations supporting the project objectives during construction.

7. Support the project by interacting/negotiating with jurisdictions during the construction process.

8. Interact with the construction team (internal and external) to achieve project goals.

9. Familiarity and adherence to project contract requirements.

10. Assist design teams with QA/QC review of design drawings and specifications.

   

   Additional

1. Be a resource to and for other SERA staff.

2. Be familiar with current trends in the A/E/C industry.

3. May participate in the management review of staff and provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.

4. Other duties as assigned.


Education + Experience

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Construction, or related field.
  • Six or more years of professional experience required
  • Experience with (or ability to learn) Autodesk Revit, MS Office Suite, Newforma, and Bluebeam preferred.

What you’ll bring:

  • Possesses knowledge of (or ability to learn) the IBC/ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals.
  • Possesses knowledge of (or ability to learn) other codes such as NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI.
  • 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 resolve conflict within project teams and with external partners.
  • 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

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.

Compensation may vary based on skills, experience, and location.