Urban Designer/Planner Junior Job Captain

SERA Architects, Inc.

Portland, OR

Experience Level: Mid-Level

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This role can be in either our Portland, OR or Oakland, CA office.

This position builds upon your experience in the planning and design profession. You will have the opportunity to work independently with supervision on a variety of project types in a variety of roles.  You will have opportunities to coordinate major aspects and components of exciting projects with teams internal and external to the firm.  You will work with public, private, and institutional clients at both large planning scales and at site- and block-level design scales, and will be a core member of teams helping to design vibrant and sustainable places in and around buildings, open spaces, streets, neighborhoods, and districts.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the project manager, senior planner, or principal-in-charge, provides guidance to other project team members on project tasks and contributes to project content and creative direction.
  • Responsible for visually communicating project content. This includes the graphic production of plans, diagrams, renderings, maps, and the graphic representation of data, design concepts, and processes.
  • Responsible for graphic layout and text for project reports, presentations, and other related work products.
  • Works on several projects or issues simultaneously; can work independently or in a team environment.
  • Attends to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  • Explains plans and concepts clearly to the public, consultants, and clients.
  • Clearly and succinctly explains urban design plans and concepts to a range of audiences.
  • Possesses creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information in order to solve vaguely defined, practical problems.
  • Coordinates tasks/deliverables with other team members and consultants with some supervision.
  • Helps to plan and guide the work of small teams (1-3 staff members) or discrete project tasks.  


  1. With oversight and assistance from others, may work independently with clients/consultants on small projects or discrete project sections. This may entail ensuring that scope, schedule, and budget are met. Reviews work products and project processes with project leaders.
  2. May be called upon to participate in project team meetings with clients/consultants, and present at public/client meetings and workshops / charrettes.
  3. Functions as a team mentor, offering trusted guidance to other staff on project teams.
  4. Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Requires a Bachelor or Master’s degree in planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture.
  • Generally has 3-5 years of industry experience in a planning or design office.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, 3D modeling programs, and MS Office Suite required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to prepare site and district plans and 3D digital models (Rhino and/or Revit preferred).
  • Experience with Google Workplace Suite preferred.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to determine the right tool for the task.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple important tasks.
  • Ability to create high-quality graphics, maps, diagrams, renderings, and/or sketches.
  • Critical thinking skills to identify strengths, weaknesses, or alternate solutions to a problem with supervision.
  • Hand sketching skills preferred.

SERA Architects Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted November 18, 2021, 8:57 AM PST

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