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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/Business Development Lead
Portland, OR

We are searching for a skilled professional to join our team. This person will lead architectural Design efforts and focus on Business Development for our Hospitality Studio. Our ideal candidate has a strong background in leading Design in the Hospitality market sector, and is experienced and familiar with the Design Review process in Portland, OR. Generally speaking, our Senior Architectural Designers are responsible for conceiving of, creating, and implementing ideas that affect human cultural, social, technological, scientific, or financial systems at any scale while serving in a project and firm leadership capacity. At this level, the Senior Architectural Designer will make decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have an important and/ or significant impact on extensive architectural activities. The Senior Design Architect’s skills and expertise will provide significant guidance by defining and setting the project direction. 
 

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. 
 

Job Title: Senior Architectural Designer with Business Development Focus 
Role: ARC VIII
Supervisor: Studio Leader/ PIC
FLSA: Exempt

 Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Advance creative design direction for the project team this could include but is not limited to; project pursuit, client meetings, stakeholder engagement and project delivery.
  2. Be an active listener and inspire project teams.
  3. Responsible for originating, leading and generating overall design direction for project teams.
  4. Must be able to rapidly explore a multitude of design options that solve design problems in various ways that are in compliance with applicable jurisdictional requirements.
  5. Actively engage with project team, consultants, clients, public entities, and the community at large when required to advance project design concepts and details.
  6. Supervise, plan, collaborate and review work with team members. This includes mentoring of staff on project teams.
  7. Convey design solutions and communicate effectively to project team, client and general public.
  8. Provide innovative solutions that are sound, founded in deep architectural practice theory and consistently align with SERA’s organizational mission, vision and core values.
  9. Initiate and maintain extensive contacts with key architects and officials of other organizations and companies, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues.
  10. Deliver iterative design ideas that meet project goals including project schedules, budgets, applicable codes, in addition to advancing organization mission, vision and core values.
  11. Understand and adhere to the project's contract requirements. Provide attention to detail at areas of higher risk or deemed critical for the success of the project.
  12. Use the building code to develop architectural solutions. Provide code interpretations that are advantageous for the project and client.
  13. Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and mature architectural judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented architectural problems, determining program objectives and requirements, organizing programs and projects, and developing standards and guides for diverse architectural activities. 
  14. Generate and supervises design presentations.
  15. Advance work to be recognized as an expert/leader and authority in the company in a broad area of expertise or in a narrow but narrowly specialized field.
  16. Promote firm and project goals of excellence in design, execution and sustainability.
  17. Be a recognized expert and essential resource to other SERA staff.​

   Additional

  1. Responsible for staying actively involved throughout the construction document process to support design development and delivery of projects. 
  2. Perform design review of design documents on several concurrent projects.
  3. Deliver conceptual design ideas with both graphic and written communication skill sets that are technical, clear, and concise.
  4. Show an open and willing desire for teaching and mentoring junior designers.
  5. Take on leadership roles in the office for a variety of assignments, either temporary or permanent. 
  6. Fosters and advances a community design culture through commitment to design both inside and outside of the office.
  7. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  8. Actively participate in and lead market sector business development pursuits.
  9. Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Requires either a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture degree or a 6 year Masters of Architecture degree from an NCARB accredited university or international equivalent.
  • Licensed architect with a NCARB certificate is required. Generally have 12+ years of experience.
  • Candidate should have documented proof of design solutions including conceptual ideas, design development details and construction documents created as designer/project architect/architectural designer.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite required.
  • LEEP AP within 1 year of hire.
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possesses advanced knowledge of the OSSC/ADAAG and the ability to achieve the intent of the code through, creative design solutions, variances and/or appeals.
  • Strong working knowledge of sustainable building design.
  • Possesses knowledge of other codes and/or guidelines such as NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI, and the USGBC LEED Rating system.
  • Knowledge of Sketchup, Rhino, Grasshopper, and hand graphic skills preferred.
  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • High level of creativity, innovative thinking, and problem solving.
  • Advanced ability to objectively analyze and document critical items for project sites that should serve as the foundational basis for place based design solutions.
  • Advanced ability to deliver innovative design and concept thinking skills in various graphic formats including both digital and hand drawings.
  • Advanced ability to work in an independent setting as well as a collaborative team member that is highly productive and effective.
  • Advanced ability to advance personal and team member growth in line with SERA goals and mission.
  • Advanced ability to design innovative process delivery methods that match the needs of the client and or project.
  • Advanced ability to engage and coordinate cross discipline expertise within other SERA staff including but not limited to Urban Planning, Interior design, Landscape Architecture, and SURG.
  • Familiarity with trends in the A/E/C industry. 

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Senior Architectural Designer
Portland, OR

A Senior Architectural Designer is used to refer to anyone responsible for conceiving of, creating, and implementing ideas that affect human cultural, social, technological, scientific, or financial systems at any scale while serving in a project and firm leadership capacity. At this level, the Senior Architectural Designer will make decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have an important and/ or significant impact on extensive architectural activities. The Senior Design Architect’s skills and expertise will provide significant guidance by defining and setting the project direction.   
 

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: Senior Architectural Designer 
Department: Workplace/Commercial 
Reports To: Studio Leader/PIC 
FLSA Status: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities 
   Primary

  1. Advance creative design direction for the project team this could include but is not limited to; project pursuit, client meetings, stakeholder engagement and project delivery.
  2. Be an active listener and inspire project teams.
  3. Responsible for originating, leading and generating overall design direction for project teams.
  4. Must be able to rapidly explore a multitude of design options that solve design problems in various ways that are in compliance with applicable jurisdictional requirements.
  5. Actively engage with project team, consultants, clients, public entities, and the community at large when required to advance project design concepts and details.
  6. Supervise, plan, collaborate and review work with team members. This includes mentoring of staff on project teams.
  7. Convey design solutions and communicate effectively to project team, client and general public.
  8. Provide innovative solutions that are sound, founded in deep architectural practice theory and consistently align with SERA’s organizational mission, vision and core values.
  9. Initiate and maintain extensive contacts with key architects and officials of other organizations and companies, requiring skill in persuasion and negotiation of critical issues.
  10. Deliver iterative design ideas that meet project goals including project schedules, budgets, applicable codes, in addition to advancing organization mission, vision and core values.
  11. Understand and adhere to the project's contract requirements. Provide attention to detail at areas of higher risk or deemed critical for the success of the project.
  12. Use the building code to develop architectural solutions. Provide code interpretations that are advantageous for the project and client.
  13. Demonstrate creativity, foresight, and mature architectural judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented architectural problems, determining program objectives and requirements, organizing programs and projects, and developing standards and guides for diverse architectural activities. 
  14. Generate and supervises design presentations.
  15. Advance work to be recognized as an expert/leader and authority in the company in a broad area of expertise or in a narrow but narrowly specialized field.
  16. Promote firm and project goals of excellence in design, execution and sustainability.
  17. Be a recognized expert and essential resource to other SERA staff.

   Additional

  1. Responsible for staying actively involved throughout the construction document process to support design development and delivery of projects. 
  2. Perform design review of design documents on several concurrent projects.
  3. Deliver conceptual design ideas with both graphic and written communication skill sets that are technical, clear, and concise.
  4. Show an open and willing desire for teaching and mentoring junior designers.
  5. Take on leadership roles in the office for a variety of assignments, either temporary or permanent. 
  6. Fosters and advances a community design culture through commitment to design both inside and outside of the office.
  7. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  8. Actively participate in and lead market sector business development pursuits.
  9. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience

  • Requires either a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture degree or a 6 year Masters of Architecture degree from an NCARB accredited university or international equivalent.
  • Licensed architect with a NCARB certificate is required. Generally have 12+ years of experience.
  • Candidate should have documented proof of design solutions including conceptual ideas, design development details and construction documents created as designer/project architect/architectural designer.
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite required.
  • LEEP AP within 1 year of hire. 
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possesses advanced knowledge of the OSSC/ADAAG and the ability to achieve the intent of the code through, creative design solutions, variances and/or appeals.
  • Strong working knowledge of sustainable building design.
  • Possesses knowledge of other codes and/or guidelines such as NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI, and the USGBC LEED Rating system.
  • Knowledge of Sketchup, Rhino, Grasshopper, and hand graphic skills preferred.
  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • High level of creativity, innovative thinking, and problem solving.
  • Advanced ability to objectively analyze and document critical items for project sites that should serve as the foundational basis for place based design solutions.
  • Advanced ability to deliver innovative design and concept thinking skills in various graphic formats including both digital and hand drawings.
  • Advanced ability to work in an independent setting as well as a collaborative team member that is highly productive and effective.
  • Advanced ability to advance personal and team member growth in line with SERA goals and mission.
  • Advanced ability to design innovative process delivery methods that match the needs of the client and or project.
  • Advanced ability to engage and coordinate cross discipline expertise within other SERA staff including but not limited to Urban Planning, Interior design, Landscape Architecture, and SURG.
  • Familiarity with trends in the A/E/C industry.  
     

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Architectural Project Manager
Portland, OR

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

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

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 Project Manager
Supervisor: Studio Leader/ PIC
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

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

   Additional

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


Education and Experience

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


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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


SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Project Interior Designer
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 judgement to craft the final outcome.  You will have the opportunity to develop a wide array of skills. You will have the opportunity to coordinate major aspects and components of projects with teams internal and external to the firm. 
 

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 Interior Designer
Supervisor: Studio Leader
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities
   Primary

  1. Supervise, coordinate, plan and review the work of an entire ID project team. This includes the mentoring of ID staff on project teams.
  2. Use the building code to develop architectural plans. Provide code interpretations supporting the project objectives.
  3. Support the project by interacting/ negotiating with jurisdictions to obtain building permits.
  4. Interact with the client to achieve project goals. Propose potential solutions that advance the project in unique ways.
  5. Understand and adhere to the project’s contract requirements.
  6. Provide strong leadership for the project assigned; create and organize work plans for interior design project team. Demonstrate through firm wide leadership by helping other design teams.
  7. Report concisely and accurately to senior staff the status of the project. This includes Staffing/ financial reports of the project, moral of the team, client perception and the ability to forecast short term project needs.
  8. Be a resource to other SERA staff.
  9. Develop, articulate and execute the project scope for a wide variety of projects. 
  10. Research and select finishes appropriate for the project type and use.
  11. Lead interiors client presentations.
  12. Work independently on all phases of a project.
  13. Regularly perform project management functions (schedules, staffing and budgets).
  14. Independently coordinate MEP systems relating to interior work.
  15. Perform QA/QC.
  16. Ability to be the main client contact for a project and lead the client process.

   Additional

  1. Perform project management duties such as project work plan and schedule development for entire small to medium projects.
  2. Familiarity with trends in the A/E/C industry.
  3. Participate in the interview process for hiring new staff.
  4. Participate/ lead in the management review of staff members.
  5. Provide constructive feedback to facilitate continuous improvement.
  6. Develop, articulate and define portions of the project scope or entire smaller projects.
  7. Interest and/ or engagement in industry groups to develop specialized knowledge.
  8. Work with and support the marketing and business development group in the office.
  9. Work with and support the accounting department regarding project financials.
  10. Other duties as assigned.
     

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Generally have 8+ years of experience.
  • NCIDQ required. 
  • Proficiency in Autodesk Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office Suite, and Bluebeam required.
  • LEED AP Preferred.  
     

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Sketchup, SpecLink, Smartsheet, Ajera preferred.
  • Possesses intermediate to advanced knowledge of the OSSC/ ADAAG and possesses the ability to achieve the intent of the code through variances and appeals. 
  • Possesses knowledge of other codes such as OMSC, OFC, NFPA, OSHA, FHA, ANSI, City of Portland, etc. and the USGBC LEED rating system and score card.
  • Advanced ability to communicate through verbal, written and graphic communication formats.
  • Advanced ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Advanced ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Advanced critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem independently.
  • Advanced professional judgment and decision making processes to determine the most appropriate course of action.
  • Established leadership skills that motivate and guide teams and projects to desired outcomes.
  • Established skills necessary to resolve conflicts within project teams.
  • Established ability to negotiate with and/ or advocate for team members, consultants, clients, jurisdictions for the benefit of SERA and the project.
     

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

IT Assistant
Portland, OR

The IT Assistant is a part-time or full-time, temporary position that provides support to the Information Technology team. This position is ideal for a student or someone with customer service and organization skills looking to learn about the Information Technology field. 

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.


Job Title: IT Assistant
Department: Information Technology
Supervisor:  Systems Administrator
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Employment Type: Part Time or Full Time 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assistance in the creation and documentation of technology support processes.
  2. Assist in creating user support documentation.
  3. Perform research projects, obtain quotes, and perform general administration tasks, as assigned.
  4. Archive the digital project files, including following up with pertinent staff to determine disposition, and ensuring proper project closure and archival.
  5. Assist with the proper archival and account closure of departing staff.
  6. Take support requests from users, adapting requests to detailed notes for troubleshooting by senior IT staff. 
  7. Help organize and prioritize IT trouble ticket requests. Follow up with staff on previously completed resolutions to confirm satisfaction.
  8. Provide regular updates to staff on the status of their requests through e-mail, in person, and the telephone.
  9. Support the IT team in the maintenance of computer hardware, software and other systems.
  10. Perform inventory reviews of computer assets including organizing cables and spare parts.
  11. Perform breakdown, moves, and setup of computer hardware between desks in office.
  12. Provide assistance to users with internal technology platforms including video conferencing, telephone, and messaging systems.
  13. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • This is an entry level IT Assistant position. An Associate’s degree in related field or a certification in IT is preferred.
  • Customer service experience preferred.
  • Experience with MS Office Applications required; experience with Help Desk Systems preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Intermediate technology skills, including familiarity with networking, operating systems, and smart device use.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Above average attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated time management skills, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Ability to type 40+ words per minute.
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work in an open environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to comfortably lift and carry 50 pounds; walk with / carry equipment upstairs as needed.

SERA Architects Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.