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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.

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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.

 

Architectural Project Manager
Portland, OR

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. 

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 Principal in Charge).
 

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: Project Manager
Department: Workplace/Commercial
Reports To: Studio Director
FLSA Status: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
Primary

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

Additional

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

Education and Experience

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

 

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.

Construction Admin Job Captain
Portland, OR

We are seeking a Job Captain, who acts independently regarding architectural methods and complexities. Uses advanced techniques and modification/extension of theories. The responsibilities of this position are primarily focused on the execution of construction administration services, and may include working on multiple projects concurrently. Additionally, the responsibilities may include work on Construction Documents and QAQC efforts of various projects.
 

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: Construction Administration Job Captain
Department: Multi Family Housing
Reports To: Project Manager or Project Architect
FLSA Status: Exempt

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Minimum requirement previous professional experience of 7 years in the field of Architecture
  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Architecture
  • Licensed Architect preferred
  • Independent, problem solving and creative abilities
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative, team environment and demonstrate leadership skills
  • Advanced design and visual presentation skills required
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrates clear, accountable communication with coworkers
  • Possesses rich knowledge of building materials, components and systems and appropriate application for materials and systems
  • Knowledge of integrated design, and sustainability tools and systems (such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, Passive House, etc)
  • LEED accredited professional
  • Experience in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery methods preferred
  • Experience in applying concepts and intent of building codes (IBC, NFPA, ADAAG, OSHA)
  • Experience with Abobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) preferred
  • Experience with building performance analysis software (Rhino, WUFI, etc) preferred
  • Experience with Trimble Sketch Up preferred
  • Experience with SpecLink preferred
  • Experience with Autodesk AutoCAD/Architectural Desktop preferred
  • Familiarity with MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Knowledge of NewForma preferred
  • Willingness to grow and contribute to SERA design, workplace and sustainability culture

SERA Architects 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 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.

Planner/Project Manager
San Mateo, CA

Provide excellent project management and client service out of SERA’s Silicon Valley office by organizing and leading projects from inception to completion. Effectively manage scope, resources, time, and budget on a variety of local, regional, and national planning and urban design efforts – including campus and facilities master plans, streetscape plans, downtown and neighborhood plans, development opportunity studies, the creation of design and development standards, and land use/transportation studies. 
 

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: Planner / Project Manager
Department: Urban Design + Planning
Reports To: UDP Director
FLSA Status: Exempt

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Team Leadership & Communication

  • Negotiate critical & controversial issues with clients, consultants and other organizations
  • Direct project content and creative direction.
  • Coordinate timely and open communications on the project’s progress, issues, and financial status with the Project Principal in Charge to help ensure consistent communication with client.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to planning staff.
  • Participate in project team meetings with clients/consultants; facilitate and/or present at public/client/firm meetings, including internal design charrettes, “lessons learned,” and/or City Council and Planning Commission hearings.

Project Plan - Scope, Schedule & Budget

  • Develop and document project plan, scope, schedule, staffing, and budget that reflect the goals & priorities of the stakeholders.
  • Manage project budgets and provide support to Accounting as needed in billing and collection of payments; attend and contribute to project performance meetings.
  • Oversee the production of project deliverables, including graphic content (including plans, diagrams, renderings, maps), report layout and text produced by internal/external teams.
  • Ensure design/technical/financial QA/QC is performed & standards are met at each phase of the project.

Managing Risk 

  • Perform thorough risk analysis at key stages throughout the project.
  • Immediately identify, create, and communicate plans for fee deficiencies in your project.
  • Administer contract duties and assist with contract negotiations.
  • Ensure additional work scope is identified and additional fee is approved prior to performing the work.

Business Development/Marketing

  • Primary client advocate for existing clients and may share responsibility for making connections/developing relationships with potential clients.
  • May develop scopes, schedules, and budgets for project proposals, and assist with the preparation of proposal content.
  • May contribute to overall studio marketing and business development strategies.

Education and Experience

  • Degree in Urban Design, Planning, or Landscape Architecture with a focus on Urban Design and Planning preferred.
  • 4 – 5 years of experience in a Project Manager role required. Minimum of 8 – 12 years overall professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Takes initiative and has demonstrated marketing/business development skills
  • Capability to manage large, multi-disciplinary project teams and adept at time management & task prioritization
  • Technical and design proficiency, well-versed in issues affecting community-building and the built environment and has an understanding of planning processes/methods, land use and transportation issues, and urban design principles
  • Creative ability that focuses on sustainable solutions
  • Ability to envision, implement, and adapt (as necessary) scopes of work, budgets, and schedules
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined practical problems
  • Excellent Accountable Communications & proactive dispute resolution skills
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and other project management software
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint, Revit, and ArcGIS
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • Ability to understand and accurately communicate the financial status of a project
  • Ability to navigate through issues from the detail to the big picture while maintaining objectivity
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
  • Encouraged (though not required) to have AICP or other accreditation
  • In-depth knowledge of a relevant specialization (e.g., transportation, land use, architecture)
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management and staff development
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain plans and concepts clearly to stakeholders, clients, community groups, technical review committees, public and elected officials, etc.
  • Group facilitation skills for use at Charrettes, community workshops, etc.
  • Experience with code analysis
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience with California policies and regulations preferred
  • Project experience in Silicon Valley preferred

SERA Architects Inc. is an equal opportunity employer

Planner/Project Manager
Portland, OR

Provide excellent project management and client service by organizing and leading projects from inception to completion. Effectively manage scope, resources, time, and budget on a variety of local, regional, and national planning and urban design efforts – including campus and facilities master plans, streetscape plans, downtown and neighborhood plans, development opportunity studies, the creation of design and development standards, and land use/transportation studies. 
 

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: Planner / Project Manager
Department: Urban Design + Planning
Reports To: UDP Director
FLSA Status: Exempt

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Team Leadership & Communication

  • Negotiate critical & controversial issues with clients, consultants and other organizations
  • Direct project content and creative direction.
  • Coordinate timely and open communications on the project’s progress, issues, and financial status with the Project Principal in Charge to help ensure consistent communication with client.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to planning staff.
  • Participate in project team meetings with clients/consultants; facilitate and/or present at public/client/firm meetings, including internal design charrettes, “lessons learned,” and/or City Council and Planning Commission hearings.

Project Plan - Scope, Schedule & Budget

  • Develop and document project plan, scope, schedule, staffing, and budget that reflect the goals & priorities of the stakeholders.
  • Manage project budgets and provide support to Accounting as needed in billing and collection of payments; attend and contribute to project performance meetings.
  • Oversee the production of project deliverables, including graphic content (including plans, diagrams, renderings, maps), report layout and text produced by internal/external teams.
  • Ensure design/technical/financial QA/QC is performed & standards are met at each phase of the project.

Managing Risk 

  • Perform thorough risk analysis at key stages throughout the project.
  • Immediately identify, create, and communicate plans for fee deficiencies in your project.
  • Administer contract duties and assist with contract negotiations.
  • Ensure additional work scope is identified and additional fee is approved prior to performing the work.

Business Development/Marketing

  • Primary client advocate for existing clients and may share responsibility for making connections/developing relationships with potential clients.
  • May develop scopes, schedules, and budgets for project proposals, and assist with the preparation of proposal content.
  • May contribute to overall studio marketing and business development strategies.

Education and Experience

  • Degree in Urban Design, Planning, or Landscape Architecture with a focus on Urban Design and Planning preferred.
  • 4 – 5 years of experience in a Project Manager role required. Minimum of 8 – 12 years overall professional experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Takes initiative and has demonstrated marketing/business development skills
  • Capability to manage large, multi-disciplinary project teams and adept at time management & task prioritization
  • Technical and design proficiency, well-versed in issues affecting community-building and the built environment and has an understanding of planning processes/methods, land use and transportation issues, and urban design principles
  • Creative ability that focuses on sustainable solutions
  • Ability to envision, implement, and adapt (as necessary) scopes of work, budgets, and schedules
  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined practical problems
  • Excellent Accountable Communications & proactive dispute resolution skills
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and other project management software
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, PowerPoint, Revit, and ArcGIS
  • Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • Ability to understand and accurately communicate the financial status of a project
  • Ability to navigate through issues from the detail to the big picture while maintaining objectivity
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed
  • Encouraged (though not required) to have AICP or other accreditation
  • In-depth knowledge of a relevant specialization (e.g., transportation, land use, architecture)
  • Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management and staff development
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills to explain plans and concepts clearly to stakeholders, clients, community groups, technical review committees, public and elected officials, etc.
  • Group facilitation skills for use at Charrettes, community workshops, etc.
  • Experience with code analysis
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience with Portland/Metro area policies and regulations preferred

SERA Architects Inc. is an equal opportunity employer

Architectural Jr. Job Captain
Portland, OR

This position builds upon your industry and design experience.  You will have the opportunity to work independently with supervision on a variety of project types in a variety of roles.  You will have the opportunity to coordinate major aspects and components of exciting projects with teams internal and external to the firm.  
 

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 Junior Job Captain - III
Department: Workplace/Commercial
Reports To: Studio Leader
FLSA Status: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

 Primary

  1. Create and modify drawings as directed by others.
  2. Check own work prior to review by others.
  3. Understand and adhere to SERA’s graphic standards.
  4. Create graphic presentations such as design review, client presentations and marketing collateral.
  5. Research and coordinate details regarding specific scopes of work and/ or sub consultants.
  6. Work with product vendors/ manufacturers to develop architectural details.  Coordinate with other team members and building systems/components.
  7. Support the construction contract administration lead and/ or perform independent tasks for construction contract administration.
  8. Use the building code to develop architectural plans. 
  9. Support the project by interacting with jurisdictions.

Additional

  1. Familiarity and adherence to project contract requirements.
  2. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of 1-3 staff members.  This includes the mentoring of staff on project teams.
  3. Ability to perform independent construction contract administration.
  4. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  1. Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  2. Generally have 3 - 5 years of industry experience in an architect's office.
  3. Proficient in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, and MS Office Suite required.
  4. Knowledge of Sketchup and Bluebeam preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  2. Ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  3. Develop ability to prioritize multiple important tasks.
  4. Develop critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem with supervision.

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.