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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

Senior Architectural Designer
Portland, OR

The Senior Architectural Designer works in partnership with the Principal in Charge, Project Manager and Project Architect and is accountable for project success and internal / external team communication.  As the lead designer on project teams, the Architectural Designer will establish overall design direction, develop architectural design concepts, maintain and manage client expectations and prepare documents during the schematic and design development phases, including the necessary design and jurisdictional reviews. Responsible for the development of conceptual design for one or more projects concurrently. Fosters a community of design culture through commitment to design at all levels.

 

About SERA

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

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. We have an excellent and diversified benefits package.
 

Job Title: Senior Architectural Designer
Department: Hospitality and Workplace
Reports To: Project Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as main contact with client group as it relates to issues pertaining to design.
  • Develops a comprehensive understanding of hospitality clients’ program requirements and standards and policies impacting the design.
  • Collaborates and energizes the design team to develop solutions to design problems.
  • Originates and develops creative design concepts and design documents in all phases.
  • Supports the resolution of design solutions during the construction documents and construction administration phases.
  • Incorporates Integrated Sustainable Design solutions into projects.
  • Performs precedent studies and design related research.
  • Assists project team with product and systems research, and materials selection.
  • Collaborates with project team to ensure design intent and conformance to quality assurance, quality control and best practice standards.
  • Mentors and directs the work of less experienced staff, may participate in professional development reviews and “Lessons Learned” sessions.
  • Prepares client presentations and presents design concepts, drawings, models, etc.
  • Interacts with the client to define nuances or points of clarification to achieve project goals.
  • Participates in project reviews regarding project costs, budgets and adherence to schedule.
  • Interest and/ or engagement in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  • Presentations at conferences and client related activities.
  • Supports the marketing and business development activities of the office when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 15 years of Professional experience, 5 years of experience in a Lead Designer role.
  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Architecture.
  • Architectural License is required.
  • Experience in hospitality and workplace design.
  • LEED AP preferred.
  • Possesses intermediate knowledge of applicable codes, and implications on design.
  • Possesses intermediate to advanced knowledge of applicable zoning codes.
  • Demonstrated success in taking projects through design review process.
  • Ability to discuss and debate philosophical design issues and solve complex project issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the client, project stakeholders and project team in an integrated design process.
  • Advanced design, visual and graphic presentation skills required.
  • Possess basic hand and Revit drafting skills.
  • Proficiency in 3D Modeling tools and visualization.
  • Specific proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, and InDesign graphic software required.
  • Basic proficiency in Revit required.
  • Proficiency in NewForma preferred.
  • Proficiency in SmartSheet and SpecLink preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge about sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines.
  • Knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Project Delivery methods.
  • Proficiency with physical models.
  • Advanced ability to work in team environment and supervise others.
  • Advanced ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan and manage design team efforts to effectively meet deadlines.

SERA Architects is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Senior Architectural Designer
Portland, OR

The Architectural Designer works in partnership with the Principal in Charge, Project Manager and Project Architect and is accountable for project success and internal / external team communication.  As the lead designer on project teams, the Architectural Designer will establish overall design direction, develop architectural design concepts, maintain and manage client expectations and prepare documents during the schematic and design development phases, including the necessary design and jurisdictional reviews. Responsible for the development of conceptual design for one or more projects concurrently. Fosters a community of design culture through commitment to design at all levels.
 

About SERA

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

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. We have an excellent and diversified benefits package.
 

Job Title: Senior Architectural Designer
Department: Civic and Higher Education
Reports To: Project Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as main contact with client group as it relates to issues pertaining to design.
  • Develops a comprehensive understanding of higher ed/civic clients’ program requirements and standards and policies impacting the design.
  • Collaborates and energizes the design team to develop solutions to design problems.
  • Originates and develops creative design concepts and design documents in all phases.
  • Supports the resolution of design solutions during the construction documents and construction administration phases.
  • Incorporates Integrated Sustainable Design solutions into projects.
  • Performs precedent studies and design related research.
  • Assists project team with product and systems research, and materials selection.
  • Collaborates with project team to ensure design intent and conformance to quality assurance, quality control and best practice standards.
  • Mentors and directs the work of less experienced staff, may participate in professional development reviews and “Lessons Learned” sessions.
  • Prepares client presentations and presents design concepts, drawings, models, etc.
  • Interacts with the client to define nuances or points of clarification to achieve project goals.
  • Participates in project reviews regarding project costs, budgets and adherence to schedule.
  • Interest and/ or engagement in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  • Presentations at conferences and client related activities.
  • Supports the marketing and business development activities of the office when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 15 years of Professional experience, 5 years of experience in a Lead Designer role.
  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Architecture.
  • Architectural License is required.
  • Experience in higher ed/civic market segments.
  • LEED AP preferred.
  • Possesses intermediate knowledge of applicable codes, and implications on design.
  • Possesses intermediate to advanced knowledge of applicable zoning codes.
  • Demonstrated success in taking projects through design review process.
  • Ability to discuss and debate philosophical design issues and solve complex project issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the client, project stakeholders and project team in an integrated design process.
  • Advanced design, visual and graphic presentation skills required.
  • Possess basic hand and Revit drafting skills.
  • Proficiency in 3D Modeling tools and visualization.
  • Specific proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, and InDesign graphic software required.
  • Basic proficiency in Revit required.
  • Proficiency in NewForma preferred.
  • Proficiency in SmartSheet and SpecLink preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge about sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines.
  • Knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Project Delivery methods.
  • Proficiency with physical models.
  • Advanced ability to work in team environment and supervise others.
  • Advanced ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan and manage design team efforts to effectively meet deadlines.

SERA Architects is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Computer Aided Facilities Management Specialist
Portland, OR

The Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) Specialist will champion efforts to bring appropriate and implementable facility management strategies to clients and work with internal teams to create informed Building Information Model (BIM) deliverables. The Facility Management strategies that would pertain to our public and private clients include, but are not limited to: asset, space and maintenance management, energy use tracking, and strategic facility planning.
 

About SERA

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

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. We have an excellent and diversified benefits package.
 

Job Title: Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) Specialist
Department: BUILT
Supervisor: Studio Director
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop SERA Facilities Information Modeling standards & procedures as they relate to facility management strategies.
  • Work independently with clients to identify their needs and strategic facility planning pursuits.
  • Conform BIM deliverables to Facility Information Modeling (FIM) standards based on client platform or turnkey solution.
  • Present benefits and solutions to clients regarding CAFM and FIM.
  • Provide training and mentorship to staff with regards to FIM/FM and design.
  • Prepare presentations, budgets, and implementation strategies for projects and clients. Presentations may be communicated through verbal, written and graphic formats.
  • Manage key areas of projects from design phases through client handoff with regards to facilities management.
  • Proactively look for CAFM and FIM opportunities.

Education and Experience

  • 2 year Technical Degree, or equivalent, and
  • Minimum 2-4 years of Architectural Practice experience OR 2-4 years Facilities Management experience from an implementation perspective.
  • Have practical experience implementing, using, or selling current industry facility management technologies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of industry and developing technology for Computer Aided Facilities Management, Facilities Management (FM) and FIM.
  • Excellent client presentation and communication skills.
  • Knowledgeable in multiple application platforms and complex systems, including Revit, AutoCAD, NavisWorks, Newforma, FM:Systems, Tririga, GIS and other FM solutions.
  • Knowledgeable in space management, construction drawing implementation, and asset management.
  • General understanding of IT infrastructure and networking.
  • Ability to balance a wide array of tasks, responsibilities, and commitments efficiently and simultaneously.
  • Consistent follow through on tasks.
  • Able to script own workflow.
  • Exceptional customer service orientation.

SERA Architects Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Project Architect
Portland, OR

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

About SERA

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

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. We have an excellent and diversified benefits package.
 

Job Title: Project Architect
Level: ARC VI
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

    Primary

  1. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of 4-8 staff members.  This includes the mentoring of staff on project teams.
  2. Use the building code to develop architectural solutions.  Provide code interpretations that are advantageous for the project and client.
  3. Support the project by interacting/ negotiating with jurisdictions to obtain building permits.
  4. Interact with the client to achieve project goals.  Propose potential solutions that advance the project in unique ways.
  5. Understand and adhere to the project's contract requirements.
  6. Provide strong leadership for the project assigned.  Demonstrate firm-wide leadership by helping other project architects and teams.
  7. Communicate project deadlines, phase completion, staffing needs and changes with project manager in a timely manner.  This includes morale of the team, client perception, and the ability to forecast short term project needs.
  8. Perform QA/QC.
  9. Be a resource to other SERA staff.

    Additional

  1. May perform some project management duties such as project work plan and schedule development for larger project phases, or entire small projects.
  2. Familiarity with trends in the A/E/C industry.
  3. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.
  4. Participate/ lead in the management review of subordinate staff.
  5. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  6. Interest and/ or engagement in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  7. Work with and support the marketing and business development group in the office.
  8. Other duties as assigned.

 

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Licensed Architect is required.  Generally have 8+ years of experience.
  • Possesses intermediate to advanced knowledge of the OSSC/ ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals. 
  • Possesses knowledge of other codes such as OMSC, OFC, NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI, City of Portland, etc. and the USGBC LEED rating system and score card.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Bluebeam, MS Office Suite required.
  • Knowledge of Sketchup, SpecLink, Smartsheet, and Ajera preferred.
  • LEED AP Preferred.
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Advanced ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Advanced ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Advanced critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem independently.
  • Advanced professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Established leadership skills that motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.
  • Established skills necessary to resolve conflicts within project teams.
  • Established ability to negotiate with and/ or advocate for team members, consultants, clients, jurisdictions for the benefit of SERA and the project.

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Senior Architectural Job Captain
San Mateo, CA

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

About SERA

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

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places.

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. We have an excellent and diversified benefits package.
 

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

Duties and Responsibilities

   Primary

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

  Additional

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

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Architectural license preferred.
  • Six or more years of professional experience preferred.
  • Possesses knowledge of the OSSC/ ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals. 
  • Possesses knowledge of other codes such as OMSC, OFC, NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI, City of Portland, etc. and the USGBC LEED rating system and score card.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite, and Bluebeam required.
  • Knowledge of, Sketchup, SpecLink, Smartsheet, Ajera preferred.
  • LEED AP Preferred.
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Advanced ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Advanced ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Established critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem with limited supervision.
  • Established professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.
  • Ability to resolve conflict within project teams.
  • Ability to negotiate with and/ or advocate for team members, consultants, clients, jurisdictions for the benefit of SERA and the project.
     

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Architectural Job Captain
San Mateo, CA

This position leverages your great previous experience to allow you to grow professionally.  You will have the ability to work independently with some supervision. Opportunities include coordinating and directing less experienced staff to develop projects, independent research and/or the ability to deliver built projects through construction.
 

About SERA

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

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

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

Job Title: Architectural Job Captain IV
Department: Workplace/Commercial
Reports To: Studio Leader
FLSA Status: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

 Primary

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

Additional

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

Education and Experience

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

Integrated Design and LEED Specialist
Portland, OR

The Integrated Design and LEED Specialist provides sustainability related services throughout the design process from helping form early design decisions related to sustainability to providing post occupancy evaluations of a building’s performance.
 

About SERA

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

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places. 

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. We have an excellent and diversified benefits package
 

Job Title: Integrated Design and LEED Specialist
Department: Sustainability Resources Group (SuRG)
Reports To: Director of Sustainability Resources Group
FLSA Status: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Encourage and support the adoption of green building practices by SERA’s clients through clear and compelling explanations of LEED, Living Building Challenge, and other green building criteria.
  2. Research, compile data, and maintain product information that supports LEED and other green building standards.
  3. Manage and/or perform technical analysis that supports proof of project’s sustainable design pathway concept (e.g. energy and daylighting simulation, materials selection, PV solar potential etc.).
  4. Build SERA’s IEQ knowledge base through design, analysis, and testing of hypotheses related to thermal comfort, visual comfort, biophilia, and acoustics.
  5. Provide expertise on integration of healthy materials into projects.
  6. Facilitate charrettes during early design phases and collaborate with project design leads.
  7. Create Project Fee and Workplan for SERA LEED Services Scope.
  8. Handle multiple projects while coordinating the work of multiple consultants and supervising the work of project team members. Create and maintain deliverables related to multiple LEED projects, simultaneously.
  9. Track incentives available through Federal, State and City agencies, maintaining up to date records, and calculator tools which account for various programs types and costs. Lead teams through Oregon’s green building and energy efficiency incentive programs.
  10. Remain current on LEED CIRs and on other fluctuating standards relating to LEED.
  11. Integrate LEED requirements into project specifications. Maintain the LEED criteria components of SERA’s master construction specification.
  12. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience

  • Professional degree in Architecture or Engineering.
  • LEED Accredited Professional (specify year accreditation achieved).
  • In depth knowledge of building systems – particularly related to energy.
  • 5+ years of progressive professional experience.
  • Relevant experience with a variety of project types (multi-family housing, commercial office, government, etc.)
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Familiarity with REVIT, Rhino, Grasshopper, Diva.
  • Architectural project experience in DD, CD, and construction phases.
  • Ability to simultaneously coordinate the work of multiple consultants on multiple projects.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Experience with energy modeling software.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office’s suite of programs, especially Excel.
  • Strong skills in communication (both oral and written), presentation and organization.
  • Familiarity with the Living Building Challenge.
  • Graphic story-telling

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Accounting Assistant
Portland, OR

The Accounting Assistant Provides bookkeeping and administrative support to the Accounting department.

About SERA

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

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places. 

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. We have an excellent and diversified benefits package. 
 

Job Title: Accounting Assistant
Department: Accounting
Supervisor: Accounting Supervisor
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Collect, review, and process monthly reports for project accounting.
  2. Prepare and issue monthly project billing invoices.
  3. Assist in maintenance of projects in Ajera.
  4. Review, code and entry of consultant invoices.
  5. General ledger account reconciliations.
  6. Assist and provide back up for accounts payable.
  7. Assist and provide back up for payroll.
  8. Organization and maintenance of accounting archives; file creation and maintenance.
  9. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting preferred.
  • Experience with advanced business accounting software required.
  • Experience with Ajera preferred.
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Intermediate to Advanced skill in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Highly developed attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to prioritize and efficiently complete duties of position.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Initiative and sense of responsibility.
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills.

 

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Accounting Manager
Portland, OR

The Accounting Manager applies knowledge and experience to both corporate accounting practices and GAAP to drive the complex accounting decision making process along with managing the day-to-day department operations.

About SERA

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

We work collaboratively with communities, universities, corporations, and institutions to formulate a sustainable development framework for the social, cultural, economic, and ecological infrastructure that underpins the making of whole and beautiful places. 

Our culture reflects our commitment to great design, client service, and sustainability. SERA provides our employees with an enjoyable work environment and opportunities for professional and personal development. We provide quality service to our clients, while ensuring the growth and well-being of our team. We have an excellent and diversified benefits package. 
 

Job Title: Accounting Manager
Department: Accounting
Supervisor: Director of Finance & Accounting
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

   Primary

  1. Lead the modification of current accounting standards including GAAP rules on revenue and expense recognition.
  2. Manage the full cycle accounting process including intercompany reimbursements, work in process, prepaids, accruals, GL balance, and fixed assets.
  3. Supervise and review the work of accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll.
  4. Preparation of monthly billing reports for project managers. Will be required to perform the project accounting on more difficult or sensitive clients.
  5. Overseeing the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) project by ensuring the timely completion of the Company’s required SOX testing, the adequate up-keep of business process documentation, and the facilitation of internal controls testing by both internal and external auditors.
  6. Supporting both internal and external audit activities throughout the year, including the remediation of issues found during those audits.
  7. Managing, coaching and developing team direct reports.
  8. Facilitating and completing month, quarter and year-end close procedures including system closing, journal entry preparation and account reconciliations. 
  9. Identifying and implementing new opportunities for process and productivity improvements in the accounting department.

   Additional

  1. Assist in managing departmental budgets and cash forecasting.
  2. Assist in monitoring of firm KPI’s and financial metrics.
  3. Analyzing and reviewing financial data for accuracy.
  4. Developing and documenting new accounting policies and procedures, as well as reviewing and documenting current undocumented processes.
  5. Perform ad hoc projects/tasks as requested by the Director.
  6. Pro Active in learning about ESOP’s and ESOP regulations and is pertains to accounting and finance.
  7. Any other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience

  • B.S. or B.A. in accounting, finance, or business with strong accounting emphasis.
  • 5-8 years’ professional experience with increasing responsibility; a minimum 3 years in a direct supervisory role; experience in an architecture or construction firm preferred. 
  • Experience with Ajera preferred or similar A&E specific software (Deltek).
  • CPA preferred, but not required.
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to analyze information and propose effective solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build good relationships with clients, subcontractors and internal personnel.
  • Service oriented.
  • Must provide excellent organizational support.
  • Must adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands, and can change approach or method situationally.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
  • Possess strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Highly proficient with Excel and raw data organization through use of Pivot Tables, v-lookup and other Excel functionality.
  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices and reporting guidelines.
  • Understand and adhere to systems of internal controls.
     

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.