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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

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.


Summary

Under supervision of the Lead Administrative Assistant, this employee provides an exceptional guest service experience to our guests and visitors and may assist with various administrative projects from time to time. 


Duties and Responsibilities  

1. Welcome guests and check-in using up-to-date office policies and procedures (re: COVID).

2. 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. 

3. Alert SERA staff to greet their guests.

4. Answer questions and offer support to guests and staff.

5. Monitor the Reception Outlook inbox.

6. Support staff with Outlook calendar scheduling.

7. May assist with projects that would not distract from a customer service focus.

8. Champion for SERA’s commute data and data entry for Carbon Tracking program. 

9. Backup support to the Receptionist, including answering phones, directing delivery personnel, etc.


Education + Experience

· High School Diploma required. 

· Preferred proficiency in MS Office Suite.


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.

· Firm sense of responsibility.

· Ability to perform a high degree of physical activity several hours every day including walking, lifting, and climbing several flights of stairs.

· The ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

· Availability to work early morning shifts 


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.  


Summary

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


Duties and Responsibilities  

   Primary 

1. Answer incoming telephone calls and forward calls to appropriate personnel or department.

2. Welcome visitors, determine nature of business, and announce visitors to appropriate personnel.

3. Ensure COVID protocols are completed as part of the check-in process for guests. 

4. Act as the face of SERA, providing friendly and effective customer services to clients and staff. 

5. Monitor visitor access and maintain security awareness. 

6. Receive and sort mail and notify staff of deliveries. 

7. Arrange couriers and process and ship parcels for staff. 

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. Maintain reception resources and manage inventory, including packaging materials.

11. Lead new hire tours of the reception area.


   Additional 

1. Clerical support for SERA staff; data entry. 

2. Regular backup assistance to the administrative team as needed.

3. Other duties as assigned.


Education, Experience, other Qualifications

· High school diploma required.

· Preferred proficiency in MS Office Suite.

· Established proficiency with multi-line phone systems; experience with shipping and receiving preferred.

· Valid driver’s license and a good driving record preferred. 


What You'll Bring: 

· Professional demeanor in person and over the phone.

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

· Knowledge of customer service principles and practices.

· Team player with the ability to work collectively with the administrative team associates.

· Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure. 

· Flexible and does not mind interruptions. 

· Above average organization skills, attention to detail.

· Reliability and a firm sense of responsibility. 

· Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.

· The ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

· The ability to spend several hours per day walking and using stairs.


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.  


Summary

Under supervision of the Lead Admin, this employee serves as the primary contact for travel in addition to admin team support for the smooth operations of the company. This position provides general administrative support to SERA staff and assists in special projects as needed. 


Duties and Responsibilities  

   Primary

Ensures all internal SERA travel is booked accurately and timely. This includes: 

1. Research and compares available travel and hotel accommodations to identify the best available option for each travel need.

2. Review and obtains approval for all travel costs and request billing codes.

3. Prepare travel itineraries and distribute travel arrangements and schedules to all appropriate staff.

4. Advise travelers of and assist with any need for specialized travel documents such as visas or passports. 

5. Monitor and facilitate the use of company air travel credit cards, frequent flyer programs, and other applicable rewards and loyalty programs.

6. Process monthly expense report with accurate billing codes.

7. Champion for travel related recordkeeping such as accounts management, scheduling, vendor rates/terms and internal reporting. 

8. Coordinate travel details with staff using accountable communication.

   

   Additional 

1. Assist as back-up receptionist.

2. Misc. errand support for SERA staff (assigned through in-house task management application).

3. Periodically, maintain record of meetings as requested. Transcribe and distribute accurate meeting minutes as assigned.

4. Provide administrative clerical support for SERA staff, which may include word processing, spreadsheet creation and maintenance, scanning/printing/binding.

5. Assist in the maintenance of project files and records and ensure compliance with company policies and procedures. Provide document control for hard and electronic copies and provide support for the maintenance of all storage and archive material. 

6. Other duties as assigned.


Education, Experience, other Qualifications

· High School Diploma required. 

· 1-2 years of administrative experience in a professional environment preferred. 

· Experience coordinating multiple calendars, schedules, and meetings.

· Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Suite.

· Demonstrated proficiency in Onedrive and/or other cloud-based tools preferred.

· Experience with multi-line phone system.

· Valid driver’s license with a good driving record. 


What You'll Bring:

· Professional demeanor in person and over the phone.

· Attention to detail and highly organized.

· Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.

· Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure.

· Ability to work collectively with the administrative team associates.

· Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.

· Flexible – can do attitude.

· Firm sense of responsibility.

· The ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

· The ability to spend several hours per day walking and using stairs.


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


Duties and Responsibilities

Kitchen Upkeep:

  • Running + loading/unloading dishwasher throughout the day
  • Brewing coffee
  • Kitchen cleanliness and sanitation + organization
  • Weekly inventory of kitchen supplies + ordering, distribution + organization
  • Champion of kitchen recycling and composting programs

Catering:

  • Maintain Catering Calendar, Preferred Vendor List, and Dietary Restrictions List
  • Order food, adhering to COVID Safety Policy and Sustainability Guidelines
  • Set up catered meals, delegate catering tasks to admin when support is needed
  • Champion special catered events

Office Upkeep:

  • Maintain SERA Laundry
  • Conference room tidying after meetings, general tidiness + organization in common areas
  • Load copiers/printers with paper daily, change toner as needed, report meter reads to service company as needed, troubleshoot copy/print paper jams and errors
  • Sort one-sided recycled paper and make into SERA notebooks
  • Weekly inventory of housekeeping supplies, distribution + organization

Misc. office tasks such as:

  • Updating clocks for Daylight Savings and when in need of new battery
  • Refill/clean nozzle on hand sanitizer and soap dispensers; recharge dispenser if rechargeable or change batteries to maintain operation
  • Change lightbulbs if needed
  • Learn to troubleshoot office A/V equipment in support of IT
  • Other tasks to be added as required
  • Misc. errands to be added as needed (supply/material pick-up, recycling drop-off, etc.)

Admin Support:

  • Covering reception breaks
  • Admin backup/projects as assigned


Education, Experience, other Qualifications

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


What you'll bring:

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


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 will 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. 


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

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.

Oakland, CA

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 will work collaboratively with firm Principals and senior staff on fast-paced private development projects, sharing in the creative design process. Your input, experience, and knowledge will bring value to projects where your responsibilities will include design support, testing and exploration, generating presentations and supporting graphic collateral, and mentoring less experienced staff. 

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 within the firm. By bringing interdisciplinary skills together throughout the design stages, 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.

Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture.
  • Generally has 3-5 years of industry experience in a planning or design office.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, 3D modeling programs, and MS Office Suite required.

What you'll bring:

  • Ability to prepare site and district plans and 3D digital models (Rhino and/or Revit preferred).
  • Experience with Google Workplace Suite preferred.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple important tasks.
  • Ability to create high-quality graphics, maps, diagrams, renderings, and/or sketches.
  • Critical thinking skills to identify strengths, weaknesses, or alternate solutions to a problem with supervision.
  • Hand sketching skills preferred.


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 will work collaboratively with firm Principals and senior staff on fast-paced private development projects, sharing in the creative design process. Your input, experience, and knowledge will bring value to projects where your responsibilities will include design support, testing and exploration, generating presentations and supporting graphic collateral, and mentoring less experienced staff. 

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 within the firm. By bringing interdisciplinary skills together throughout the design stages, 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.

Education + Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture.
  • Generally has 3-5 years of industry experience in a planning or design office.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, 3D modeling programs, and MS Office Suite required.

What you'll bring:

  • Ability to prepare site and district plans and 3D digital models (Rhino and/or Revit preferred).
  • Experience with Google Workplace Suite preferred.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple important tasks.
  • Ability to create high-quality graphics, maps, diagrams, renderings, and/or sketches.
  • Critical thinking skills to identify strengths, weaknesses, or alternate solutions to a problem with supervision.
  • Hand sketching skills preferred.


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 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. 

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

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 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. 

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

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 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.

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

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 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.

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

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. 

The Project Coordinator works closely with and assists the Project Manager and/or Project Leadership Team to achieve team and firm goals. The Project coordinator may also interact with clients, and external organizations to support fast-paced project cycles.

Duties and Responsibilities 
   Primary

  1. Work with project team to create strategies for people and information management. Lead successful implementation of these strategies.
  2. Work closely with Project Managers to ensure forecasted hours are accurate and employees are meeting utilization goals; monitor staffing and assist Project Managers with DPS/PIM adjustments and troubleshooting.
  3. Perform billable aspects of a project that will require coordination with the team, consultants, and clients.
  4. Create general correspondence such as letters, meeting notes, agendas, contracts, proposals, etc. Generate, compose, and issue business correspondence as required.
  5. Responsible for ensuring project deliverables and documentation is organized and accurate.
  6. Complete research and special projects as needed.
  7. Track and update SERA staff information as needed in client databases.
  8. Work with Project Manager and Accounting team to track budgets, expenses, billing and invoices for clients.
  9. Draft scope/fee templates for new efforts.
  10. Support Studio by scheduling and coordinating logistics for travel, meetings, and events.

   Additional

  1. Assist with scheduling and preparing for team meetings.
  2. Assist Project Manager with keeping staff informed on goals and milestones.
  3. Assist project team with archiving as needed for the project files, and coordinate with others to ensure completion.
  4. Prepare project team’s courier service packages when needed.
  5. May provide administrative support for business development efforts.
  6. Other duties as assigned.


Education + Experience

  • High School Diploma required. Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 3 - 5 years related professional experience. Prior experience in a Professional Services firm preferred.
  • Experience coordinating multiple calendars, schedules and meetings; taking and preparing meeting minutes.
  • Experience managing Outlook contacts for executive staff.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Google Docs and/or other cloud-based tools.
  • Valid driver’s license with a good driving record.


What you'll bring:

  • Familiarity using Adobe Creative Suite programs preferred.
  • Experience with Cloud Based document management systems as PIMMS preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability managing and prioritizing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality internally/externally.
  • Outstanding communication skills including the ability to communicate detailed information to a diverse audience. Communication must be at a professional level with attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation; ability to create strong mentoring relationships.
  • Team player with the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • The ability to lift up to 40 pounds; the ability to spend several hours per day walking and using stairs.
  • Willingness to accept high level of responsibility for own actions.
  • Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.


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:
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.

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.

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:
SERA believes in the power of stories—understanding the ones we step into in the sites and communities we work in, and thoughtfully crafting the ones we tell to create understanding, impact, and visceral experience. The Marketing Storyteller drives many of the most impactful aspects of that storytelling effort at SERA, including our social media, website content, and project narratives. Using your own writing and facilitating contributions from coworkers—and working together with our Marketing Director and Sr Director of Business Development—you will set the tone, define the agenda, and mold the strategy to bring SERA’s multifaceted story to the public.

Why is this role important?
First and foremost, your passion for and skill with language will shine through your words. Second, you delight in getting to the bottom of a story, understanding its core, and then building on that to create a narrative that both informs and captures the reader. You are not necessarily a social media wonk, but you are a big picture thinker and you see the possibilities for using those short-form posts to build a larger narrative. Finally, you are a born collaborator who will enjoy leveraging input from your teammates and partnering with co-workers to coordinate, help craft, or fully ghostwrite blogs, thought leadership, and other narratives on a wide variety of topics (as well as reserving time to develop your own posts.)

It’s a rich and challenging suite of storytelling responsibilities, but with broad parameters that you will be able to define and endless encouragement to bring your own best ideas.

Education + Experience

  • BA or BS in Creative Writing, Communications, or related field required
  • 3 to 5 years of experience managing professional social media channels preferred
  • Experience planning, organizing, and directing others (both writers and non-writers) in the development of blogs or other short-form content development highly valuable

What you’ll bring:

  • Ability to work with tight deadlines, prioritizing multiple projects at different scales and paces
  • Impeccable grammar and spelling
  • Ability to proofread and edit both your own and others’ work is absolutely crucial
  • Dedicated to working as a member of a close-knit team with highly diverse areas of responsibility and expertise
  • Ability to both advise leadership on positives and negatives of innovative ideas and to propose new ones
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills.
  • Strong 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.
  • Deep interest in SERA’s industry, market sectors, and particular areas of expertise, especially our far-ranging understanding of sustainability and forward-thinking approach to design
  • Delight in and energized by working with a wide range of personality types and areas of interest


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

Oakland, CA

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:
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?

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.

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:
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?

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

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 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.  

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

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 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.  

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

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 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 Oakland 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.

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.

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:
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.

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.

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: 
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. 

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

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:
Under the supervision of the BIM Group and the Technical Director, the Architectural Technologist provides BIM and other architectural software support to SERA’s staff and projects. The Architectural Technologist will apply their skills and expertise in architectural drawings generally and may develop deep expertise in specific building elements. The role is an integral part of the architectural team, working under the direction of project architects and job captains assigned to individual projects. 

The position may also assist the Technical Director with project templates, models, and documentation & detail standards, which may involve other communication platforms.

Why is this role important?
This is an entry level position for community college / technical program graduates who have little, limited or no work experience in the architectural design profession. Opportunities at this level are endless. You will be able to work on a variety of project types on a variety of entry level tasks, often working directly with project architects and job captains. You can experience a broad range of responsibility across various exciting projects. 

Job Title: Architectural Technologist
Supervisor: Technical Director
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Education + Experience

  • Requires a 2-year Technical Degree, or equivalent.
  • 1 year of experience with Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office Suite required.

What you'll bring:

  • Demonstrated experience in Revit and AutoCAD.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating basic Revit families.
  • Knowledge of Bluebeam preferred.
  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Willingness to ask questions, take notes for future reference, and apply the learning.
  • Willingness and aptitude to learn new programs and technical platforms such as Navisworks, Newforma, Rhino, BIM 360/ ABC, Ideate Revit plugins, and the full Microsoft Office suite.
  • Familiarity with using and creating point clouds in Revit and laser scanning in general is a plus.
  • WordPress and SharePoint experience a plus.
  • Ability to balance a wide array of tasks, responsibilities, and commitments efficiently and simultaneously.
  • Exceptional customer service orientation.
  • Flexibility in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment.
  • Team player with the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.


COVID-19 considerations: Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine (required)
SERA Architects 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:
Under the supervision of the BIM Group and the Technical Director, the Architectural Technologist provides BIM and other architectural software support to SERA’s staff and projects. The Architectural Technologist will apply their skills and expertise in architectural drawings generally and may develop deep expertise in specific building elements. The role is an integral part of the architectural team, working under the direction of project architects and job captains assigned to individual projects. 

The position may also assist the Technical Director with project templates, models, and documentation & detail standards, which may involve other communication platforms.

Why is this role important?
This is an entry level position for community college / technical program graduates who have little, limited or no work experience in the architectural design profession. Opportunities at this level are endless. You will be able to work on a variety of project types on a variety of entry level tasks, often working directly with project architects and job captains. You can experience a broad range of responsibility across various exciting projects. 

Job Title: Architectural Technologist
Supervisor: Technical Director
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Education + Experience

  • Requires a 2-year Technical Degree, or equivalent.
  • 1 year of experience with Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office Suite required.

What you'll bring:

  • Demonstrated experience in Revit and AutoCAD.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating basic Revit families.
  • Knowledge of Bluebeam preferred.
  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Willingness to ask questions, take notes for future reference, and apply the learning.
  • Willingness and aptitude to learn new programs and technical platforms such as Navisworks, Newforma, Rhino, BIM 360/ ABC, Ideate Revit plugins, and the full Microsoft Office suite.
  • Familiarity with using and creating point clouds in Revit and laser scanning in general is a plus.
  • WordPress and SharePoint experience a plus.
  • Ability to balance a wide array of tasks, responsibilities, and commitments efficiently and simultaneously.
  • Exceptional customer service orientation.
  • Flexibility in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment.
  • Team player with the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.


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

Oakland, CA

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. 

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.

Job Title: Specifier
Level: ARC VII
Supervisor: Technical Design Director
FLSA: Exempt

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.

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. 

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.

Job Title: Specifier
Level: ARC VII
Supervisor: Technical Design Director
FLSA: Exempt

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.

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. 

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

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

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

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

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

   Additional

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

Education + 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

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:
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!

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

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:
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.

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.

Oakland, CA

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:
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.

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.

Oakland, CA

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. 

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

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

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

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.