Interior Design Project Manager

Location: Portland, OR

Department: Housing

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

At this level, the interiors project manager/designer will organize and lead projects which are moderate in terms of complexity and scope, with oversight from PIC. The interiors project manager/designer 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 interiors project manager/designer will coordinate closely and in collaboration with the architectural project manager and team on projects. The interiors project manager/designer will participate in office-wide initiatives aimed at improving or impacting practice, business operations or business development.

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: Interiors Project Manager/Designer
Level: INT 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 consultant 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. Ability to be the main client contact for a project and lead the client process.
  5. Develop, articulate, define, negotiate, and execute the project scope, fees, and proposals for a wide variety of projects.
  6. Assist in preparation of contracts and negotiations.
  7. Prioritize goals, scope, and tasks to meet client needs and use teams effectively.
  8. Proactively communicate staffing needs and changes with staffing director/studio leaders.
  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. 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.
  13. Work with PIC and Studio Leader to Identify and leverage core skills and areas of interest for interiors staff, providing opportunities for growth and development.
  14. Work with PIC to confirm that project goals are carried out and reinforced through design, technical, and cost decisions, both internally and externally.
  15. Provide support to ensure project meets office standards for design, documentation, technical performance, Revit, and graphics.
  16. Work with PIC to manage changes in scope, schedule and fee throughout the project to ensure project success.
  17. Coordinate scope, schedule and project deliverables with the architectural project manager and team.
  18. Perform QA/QC.​


  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. Develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, and contractors.
  5. 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

  • 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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