Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs

Alexandria, Virginia
Mar 20, 2023
Mar 27, 2023
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The Chief Policy Officer is part of the Executive Team for the USPTO-an over $4 Billion organization with over 13,000 employees. The Chief Policy Officer position is within the Senior Executive Service (SES) cadre, an elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and expertise required to lead across agencies.

The Chief Policy Officer serves as the executive head of the USPTO's Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). This position is entrusted with reshaping our IP ecosystems to promote robust, reliable IP rights and enforcement.

OPIA is a global leader in domestic and international IP initiatives and policy development for the United States, and engages with Congress, federal agencies and international organizations on legislative efforts to develop and make accessible IP property ecosystem that fosters and protects innovation, entrepreneurism, new and emerging technologies, to vanquish inequities, generate economic growth, and solve world problems.

The Chief Policy Officer, will be vital in engaging with international partners (including the World Intellectual Property Organization and the United Nations) and with international standards bodies to promote pro-innovation and pro-IP policies and treaties that contribute to economic vitality worldwide.

The Chief Policy Officer is charged with providing strategic leadership over OPIA substantive policy teams with a focus on patents, trademarks, copyright, and enforcement. In addition, the Chief Policy Officer, leads the following areas:
  • IP Attaché Program, with attachés posted in 12 U.S. embassies, consulates, and missions abroad;
  • Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), which provides intellectual property training in a variety of IP topics with classes conducted around the world;
  • Office of Chief Economist, which is responsible for advising on the economic implications of policies and programs affecting the U.S. IP system; and
  • Office of Governmental Affairs, which supports the USPTO by reviewing legislative and policy proposals concerning IP that originate in other executive agencies or were proposed by members of Congress, and forms and maintains cooperative working relationships with Congress, IP bar associations, industry, and others concerned with proposed and pending legislation.
This incredible opportunity to promote innovations that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come, through:
  • Formulating and overseeing the creation and evaluation of legislative and policy proposals, as well as the economic analysis and research to support them, and the preparation of supporting documentation to carry them out.
  • Overseeing analyses of IP-related policy issues before the Executive Branch, and solicitation and evaluation of public views, including through hearings and requests for comments.
  • Participating in the preparation of Congressional testimony and other public statements on IP policy issues for the Director, and other USPTO and Department of Commerce officials.
  • Establishing and maintaining growing partnerships with internal and external stakeholders concerning IP policy.
  • Maintaining a high level of representation, in overseeing the characterization of the United States at international forums and the participation in cooperative IP forums.
  • Leading the USPTO's participation in IP-related trade consultations, and the negotiation and implementation of the IP provisions in free trade agreements, bilateral investment treaties and other trade agreements.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or a National.
  • Background and/or Security investigation, if selected for position.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret Clearance.
  • Must maintain membership of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution.


Experience must demonstrate that the candidate possesses the necessary attributes of 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.

Please provide your narrative responses to the Professional Technical Qualification (PTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) questions - Do not write "see resume".

Applicants are required to input narrative responses to the PTQs and ECQs in the text boxes as prompted by USAJobs. Each PTQ and each ECQ have a 10,000-character limit (to include spaces) and must be adhered to.

Applicants must use the USA Jobs text boxes for submitting their PTQs and ECQs. Uploaded documents addressing the PTQ's and ECQs will not be accepted.

The candidate must possess the following Professional Technical Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of United States and international policies and affairs across the spectrum of IP subject matter such as patent, trademarks, trade secret, copyright and various related issues and rights.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of international trade and Intellectual Property agreements.
  • Demonstrated experience with policy development, program planning/evaluation and resource management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a large, diverse, and highly-skilled professional workforce in legal, policy, governmental, and intellectual property settings.

  • 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 PTQs requirements and do NOT need to address the ECQs.

    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: : materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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.
    Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (C-C-A-R) model outlined in the Guide To SES Qualifications.
    Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.

    Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).

    Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.

    Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

    Note: Submit only the documents requested. Additional documents will not be reviewed by the rating panel. Uploaded documents addressing the PTQ's and ECQs will not be accepted.


    The candidate must have a law degree from an accredited law school program and must be a member of a bar in good standing, in the United States or a Territory of the United States and must maintain membership of the bar. The individual must maintain membership of the bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico to uphold this position.

    Additional information

    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.

    This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position. This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "high" risk.

    Except as prohibited by law, all applicants tentatively selected for positions needing a Top Secret Clearance, will be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and, if appointed, the incumbent may be subjected to random drug testing procedures.

    Background Investigation: 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 Department of Homeland Security Website .

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

    Relocation Expenses may be authorized.

    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.

    All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    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 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email ( or phone (571-272-8292).