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Deputy Director for the Office of Patent Training

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: Patent and Trademark Office
Location: Alexandria, Arlington
Date posted: 10/11/10
Salary: From $119,554 to $179,700
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Job Title: Deputy Director for the Office of Patent Training Department: Department Of Commerce Agency: Patent and Trademark Office Job Announcement Number: CS-11-0020-ExRD
Salary Range: $119,554.00 - $179,700.00 /year

Series & Grade: ES-1220

Open Period: Friday, October 08, 2010 to Monday, November 08, 2010

Position Information: Full-Time Permanent

Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Alexandria, Arlington & Falls Church, VA

Who May Be Considered: Applications will be accepted from United States citizens.

Job Summary:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a cutting-edge organization dealing with intellectual property issues around the world, is seeking a high performing professional to join as the Deputy Director of the Office of Patent Training.

The Deputy Director of the Office of Patent Training (OPT) seves in a key role to the Director of Patent Training and the Patent Corps training operations. As the assigned responsible management official, the Deputy Director provides overall direction and guidance for the development, and sustainability of the Patent Corps training operations, including training new patent examiners in the Patent Training Academy. The incumbent coordinates, integrates, leads and directly controls the efforts associated with these programs. The incumbent applies a high degree of leadership, managerial and technical knowledge as well as a thorough knowledge of patent examining activities and processes required for effective management of the Patent Corps training operations. He/she must possess the ability to apply principles to analyze situations, identify problems, probe causes, and select courses of action for patent examiners to pursue; and gauge the efforts required to the situation at hand, being selective in which to do and how to proceed, and to recognize the resulting impact in terms of schedule, costs, risks involved and tradeoffs necessary.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing advice and management guidance to the Director of the Office of Patent Training and will be accountable for the achievement of rigorous performance goals within the Director's sphere of responsibility.

Major Duties:

The Deputy Director of the Office Patent Training shall assist the Director to lead and manage the operations in the Office of Patent Training; develop technical analyses and well-documented tactical implementation approaches and initiatives that will ensure the accomplishment of the Office of Patent Training's priorities, goals and objectives. The Deputy Director of Office of Patent Training:

· Plans, organizes, and directs the Training Academy new examiner training operations in accordance with the established ISO 9000-2008 requirements.

· Operates and administers multiple classes of approximately 128 new examiners; identifies and allocates resources needs, initiates programs consistent with the priorities and goals of USPTO, communicates policies and decisions, establishes procedures, and participates in activities which promote the goals of the Office and supports improvement programs presented by the Office of Patent Training Director. Ensure that new patent examiners are prepared and have all the necessary resources for the training.

· Promotes and carries out initiatives and practices in support of the strategic plan and goals of the USPTO.

· Ensures the implementation of changes in policy for the Office of Patent Training, including the Patent Training Academy, to include changes in patent practice, revision of procedures and development of training priorities. Oversees the needs of the organization pertaining to the training of new patent examiners utilizing the Patent Statutes, the Rules of Practices and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure. Communicate policy and procedures to subordinates, ensuring that the Training Academy practices are consistent and in compliance with the policies and procedures of the Office. Monitors classes and labs to ensure compliance, resolving concerns and presenting issues to the Director and Class Managers for resolution.

· Identifies recurring challenges, analyzing trends and establishing measures addressing these challenges, trends and needs consistent with the policies of the Office. Providing a reporting and evaluation system to determine the operations effectiveness. Participating in the formulation and ensures implementation of quality assurance and quality standards for training new examiners.

· Establishes long range, intermediate, and short-range plans, coordinates program responsibilities with the Office of Patent Training management staff. The incumbent possesses the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to work in a team environment, and exhibits effective leadership in planning and organizing the assignments of a larger number of Supervisory Patent Examiner Trainers, Training Assistants, other professionals (Lecturers) and the supporting staff.

· Exercises delegated managerial authority in administering the day-to-day training operations of new patent examiners, hiring personnel consistent with equal opportunity and diversity principles; oversees examiner placements in art units and labs based on their technological backgrounds and consistent with the business needs of the Office; recommends reassignments, determining if labs should be re-organized and the reassignment of staff.

· Works with the TC Directors to identify trainers and training assistants to match the technology and art of the new examiners during their laboratory experience given the expanding diversity of new inventions. Works with OPT Director to select Class Managers, identify Trainers and Training Assistants, responsible for performance ratings for all Class Managers, Education Administrator and support staff, and reviews performance evaluations/ratings for new examiners and other staff members.

· Provides trainers and examiners from the TCs with adult training and education skills to serve as new examiner trainers and training assistants. Mentors Class Managers and trainers.

· Manages day-to-day issues such as Employee Relations and Labor Relations for all employees under Office of Patent Training chain-of-command.

· Ensures the effective and efficient transition of new examiners to the Technology Centers after they completed the academy training.

· Oversees Proficiency and Certification exams.

· Assesses and evaluates the effectiveness of all current training programs. Works with the Patent Training Academy Curriculum Committee to continually enhance current curriculum and programs.

Qualifications:Minimum Education Requirement: You must show successful compeletion of a full course of stufy in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biotechnology, computer science, or other physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering fields. You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position. How You Will Be Evaluated:

Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess managerial attributes in the five Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

Using plain sheets of paper, please address the five ECQs and each PTQ listed below. Failure to address each qualification factorwill have an adverse impact upon your ranking.

Each response should include a brief summary of the applicant's executive experience in relation to the specific ECQs and PTQs and specific examples of accomplishments.

Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages. For additional guidance, including the competencies and tips for writing effective ECQ statements, applicants should visit the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications located at:http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf

Note: Current/former career SES members or graduates of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program whose ECQs have been certified by OPM must address the PTQs. If you currently serve or previously served on a Career SES Appointment, submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. This form is needed to verify your SES status and determine eligibility for non-competitive consideration.

SES Executive Core Qualification

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 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.

Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications. They do not need to be addressed individually as long as the narrative, in its totality, shows mastery of them overall.





Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

Integrity/Honesty - Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.

Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

Continual Learning - Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.

Public Service Motivation - Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.



Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess technical attributes in the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Using plain sheets of paper, please address each PTQ listed below. Failure to address each qualification factorwill have an adverse impact upon your ranking. Each response should include a brief summary of the applicant's executive experience in relation PTQs and specific examples of accomplishments.

Professional/Technical Qualifications: Failure to address these factors individuallywill adversely affect your rating. Responses to PTQs must not exceed 10 pages.



1. Demonstrated leadership ability requiring strategic thinking and decision-making and the ability to provide expert advisory services that will achieve impressive results.

2. Expert knowledge of patent laws, regulations, examining practice and procedures.

3. Expert knowledge in a technical field.

4. Demonstrated leadership ability to work effectively in a matrix management environment.

Benefits:You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB.

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#ltci

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA

You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#HOLI

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FSA Other Information:You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. Please do not place your application in a notebook or binder.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year. How To Apply:

You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.

A resume or OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment. A narrative describing your experience (specific tasks) and accomplishments against the five the SES Executive Core Qualifications. Please limit your ECQ narrative to no more than 10 pages. A narrative describing your experience, education, and training, etc., in relation to each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications. Please limit your PTQ write-up to no more than 10 pages. Copy of most recent performance appraisal (optional).

For additional guidance, including the competencies and tips for writing effective ECQ statements, applicants should visit the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications located at:http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf

NOTE: Submit only the documents requested. Additional documents will not be reviewed by the rating panel.

Please do not bind, tab, or place your application in a notebook.

FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT CALL:
Carolyn Schad(571) 272-7003TTD#: (800) 828-1120 or Relay System

WHERE TO APPLY IN PERSON, BY COURIER, OR FEDEX MAIL:
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Office of Human Resources Elizabeth Townhouse, Suite 1A79
550 Elizabeth Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314

WHERE TO SUBMIT BY REGULAR MAIL:
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Mail Stop 171
Office of Human Resources, CS-11-0020-ExRD
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

WHERE TO SUBMIT BY E-MAIL:

USPTOExecutiveRecruitment@USPTO.GOVElectronic submission must be received by 11:59pm Eastern time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

United States Patent and Trademark Office programs are accessible to people with disabilities. This document will be converted to an appropriate alternative form for applicants with disabilities. Requests for this or other assistance and accommodation should be directed to the contact above.

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR, SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NON-DISQUALIFYING HANDICAP, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.

II. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. Applicants must apply at their own expense; applications mailed in government postage-paid envelopes will not be considered.

2. Applicants must ensure that their complete application is received in the Office of Human Resources no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

3. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

4. Applicants must be citizens of the United States

5. Veterans preference is not applicable for the SES.

6. If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must confirm their selective service registration status. Certification forms are available at most Federal agency personnel offices or from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

7. Applications will not be returned to applicants.

8. Applicants will receive notification of the outcome of a vacancy announcement as soon as possible after a selection is made.

9. Privacy Act requirements (PL 93-579): the application forms prescribed are used to determine qualification for promotion, reassignment, or employment and are authorized under Title 5, USC sections 3302 and 3360.

10. Candidates outside of the PTO who are referred for consideration will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment, OF-306.

11. The Office of Human Resources strongly encourages applicants applying for positions to read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before submitting application materials for this position. If you have any questions or concerns about the application procedure or processes, please contact the individual listed under 'Contact Information.' Failure to follow instructions in the announcement will result in your application not receiving consideration

12. This position is an SES Career position

Contact Information: Carolyn Schad
Phone: 571-272-7003
Fax: 571-273-7003
TDD: 800-828-1120
Email: Carolyn.Schad@uspto.gov
Agency Information:
Patent and Trademark Office
Office of Human Resources
550 Elizabeth Lane, 4th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
US
Fax: 571-273-7003

What To Expect Next:

EVALUATION OF CANDIDATES: Candidates are evaluated by an executive rating panel based on the degree to which they meet the PTQs, ECQs,considering the applicant's education, work-related experience, training, awards, professional recognition and performance appraisals as set forth in the materials submitted by the candidates, and, if needed, upon a panel interview.

EEO Policy Statement:http://www.usajobs.gov/eeo

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:http://www.usajobs.gov/raps

Veterans Information:http://www.usajobs.gov/vi

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg


Control Number: 2061595


Necessary Experience: N/A
Contact: Carolyn Schad
Phone: 571-272-7003
Fax: 571-273-7003
TDD: 800-828-1120
Email: Carolyn.Schad@uspto.gov

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