The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a progressive organization at the forefront of intellectual property issues around the world, is seeking a high performing professional to join its Senior Executive Team as Trademark Group Director.
The Trademark Group Director provides oversight and direction to the Law Offices within Trademarks, including the coordination of the day-to-day activities of assigned staff. The Group Director position reports directly to the Deputy Commissioner of Trademarks.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following:
Managing and coordinating trademark examining functions involving the services of a professional examining corps engaged in diversified legal and registration procedures;
Providing uniformity of practice throughout the Trademark Examining operation;
Preparing procedural instructions to implement and maintain statutory requirements, Trademark Rules of Practice, and policy decisions;
Establishing and maintaining standards of professional competence, ensuring Law Offices are adequately staffed with qualified examining attorneys and support personnel;
Analyzing and interpreting workload and production to achieve balance and maintain optimum pendency and backlog levels;
Formulating plans and programs to meet organizational objectives, allocating resources, establishing organizational structure and operating procedures and;
Ensuring examination functions are properly supported through coordination with and oversight of technical and administrative units.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
You must have a Law Degree from an accredited law school.
You must be a current member of the U.S. Bar.
This position requires that the selectee have membership in good standing of the Bar of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico or any territorial court under the Constitution.
Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional/technical qualifications and executive core qualifications set forth below.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Each response to the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) & Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) must include a narrative summary of the applicant's executive experience in relation to the PTQs & ECQs and specific examples of accomplishments. Failure to address each qualification factor will have an adverse impact upon your ranking.
The Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) for this position are:
Describe your demonstrated in-depth knowledge of legal issues associated with the preparation and/or prosecution of trademark applications, or the classification and examination of trademarks, or in comparable work in the trademark field.
Demonstrated high level experience with policy development, and program planning/evaluation.
Demonstrated in-depth knowledge and experience in law office management and administration.
For the following five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), you are required to submit a narrative response addressing your specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrate your possession of these qualifications. Be sure to provide specific examples of what you've done that demonstrates your possession of each ECQ. For more information about the Executive Core Qualifications please visit this site:
Please Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM, only need to submit a resume and narrative statement covering each of the Professional Technical Qualification (PTQs) requirements and do NOT need to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).
The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) for this position are:
5.Building Coalitions- This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
This position requires that the selectee have a Law Degree from an accredited law school.
Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES.
Mobility: Organizational and geographical mobility is essential in developing and managing SES leaders and generally is a key to advancement. Therefore, applicants are expected to be mobile and once appointed SES members may be reassigned at the discretion of the appointing authority.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information
This is a Non Bargaining Unit position.
This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "high" risk.
The incumbent may be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and, if appointed, the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures.
If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
Relocation expenses and recruitment incentives are not authorized and will not be paid
Veteran preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.
The Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, requires senior officials in the executive, legislative and judicial branches to file public reports of their finances as well as other interests outside the Government. If selected for this position you will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278). The OGE 278 is available to the public. The primary purpose of disclosure is to assist agencies in identifying potential conflicts of interest between a filer's official duties and the filer's private financial interests and affiliations.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 daysof the date of the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTOs Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email () or phone ).
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess managerial attributes in the four Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Each response should include a brief summary of the applicant's experience in relation to the specific PTQ and specific examples of accomplishments. Applicants must also clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess managerial attributes in the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Each response should include a brief summary of the applicant's experience in relation to the specific ECQ and specific examples of accomplishments.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application consists of:
A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience.
Please Note: Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating.
Your narrative responses to the Professional Technical Qualification (PTQs) and;
Your narrative responses to the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) questions.
When responding to the PTQs and ECQs, do not write "see resume". Input narrative responses when prompted.
Please submit a current SF-50 if you are a Federal Employee. If you are a current or previous Senior Executive Service career member you must submit a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) to show proof.
NOTE: Submit only the documents requested. Additional documents will not be reviewed by the rating panel.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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