Architectural/Landscape Design Project Manager

Location: Oakland, CA

Department: Urban Design & Planning

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

This position involves the organization and leadership of projects that are moderate in terms of complexity and scope. The projects are innovative in character that balance urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, art and deal with working in the public realm. It is preferred if you have a diverse knowledge of constructability practices especially installations around land art and can apply this knowledge to a broad range of project types and tasks. We are looking for creative individuals that can solve complex “campus scale” problems and see them through implementation in the field. Combining innovative thinking and imaginative problem-solving skills to bring contextual and place-based solutions to your projects. You will be able to guide projects, using your experience and professional judgement to craft the final outcome. As a leader in the firm, providing mentorship, cultivating a positive project experience, and fostering a collaborative environment for your teams and your studio are key elements of your role. 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. SERA’s ethos is rooted in having helped Portland thrive through thoughtful planning and design. This aligns well with what the Bay Area wants to be: healthy, mobile, innovative, supportive, and sustainable by all measures.

SERA’s start-up spirit and 50-year history makes expanding our footprint in the Bay Area a natural step. For the last eight years, SERA has brought expertise in the creation of workplace, housing, hospitality and urban design and planning to Google, Stanford, LinkedIn, ChargePoint, UC Santa Cruz to name a few.

We opened our 2nd office in 2015 and are growing our Oakland team. We’re 150 strong and expanding our presence throughout the Northwest and beyond.

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: Architectural Project Manager
Level: ARC VI
Supervisor: Studio Leader/ PIC
FLSA: Exempt

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Supervise, coordinate, plan, and review the work of entire project teams. This includes the mentoring of staff on project teams.
  2. Build internal teams with skills/interests suited to the needs of the project. Contribute to building external teams.
  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. Assist in preparation of contracts and negotiations.
  5. Prioritize goals, scope, and tasks to meet client needs and use teams effectively.
  6. Proactively communicate staffing needs and changes with staffing director/studio leaders.
  7. Develop, articulate, define and execute the project scope, fees, and proposals for a wide variety of projects.
  8. Negotiate consultant’s scope, schedule and fees.
  9. May lead, organize and execute selected marketing and business development opportunities.
  10. Proactively work with and support the accounting department regarding project financials including project set up and/ or invoicing and collection efforts for projects.
  11. Foster team morale, both internal and external while creating a collaborative team environment.
  12. Work with PIC and Studio Leader to Identify and leverage core skills and areas of interest for staff, providing opportunities for growth and development.
  13. Work with PIC to confirm that project goals are carried out and reinforced through design, technical, and cost decisions, both internally and externally.
  14. Provide support to ensure project meets office standards for design, documentation, technical performance, Revit, and graphics.
  15. Work with PIC to manage changes in scope, schedule and fee throughout the project to ensure project success.


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

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree from an accredited program.
  • Architectural License preferred. 
  • Generally have 8+ years of experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Developing 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. 
  • Established ability to prioritize and evaluate multiple important tasks.
  • Established critical thinking to identify strengths, weaknesses or alternate solutions to a problem independently.
  • Established 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.
  • 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.

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