Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Alexandria, Virginia
Jul 05, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Executive, Chief
Full Time

About the Agency

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 Chief Financial Officer (DCFO).

The USPTO, a fully user fee funded agency, has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO's mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit our websites at

In an uncertain economy, the USPTO provides stability, job growth, and a career. Learn more about our substantial and unmatched employee benefits by clicking on the 'Benefits and Other Information' tabs.

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Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional and 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.

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. You may be required to serve on a one year probationary period. You will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) upon appointment



As the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (DCFO), the incumbent serves as the principle advisor to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The incumbent is responsible for the long-range planning for the integration of financial, budget, financial systems, and procurement services along with the following:

  • Oversees all daily financial management activities relating to USPTO programs and operations;
  • Develops and maintains an integrated agency accounting and financial management services including financial reporting and internal controls;
  • Directs and manages policy guidance and oversight of USPTO financial management personnel, activities, and operations through the Office of Planning and Budget, the Office of Finance, the Office of Financial Management Systems, and the Office of Procurement.
    • Advises the CFO on agency budgetary priorities, establishment and adjustment of user fees, and the financial execution of the budget, and prepares timely cost and performance reports to senior management;
    • Oversees the USPTO’s enterprise risk management program, and advises the CFO on emerging risk areas;
    • Prepares and transmits periodic reports to the Under Secretary and Director of USPTO, Department of Commerce, the Office on Management and Budget (OMB), and Congress;
    • Participates in USPTO-wide information technology councils and decisions, and USPTO-wide procurement policy councils
    • Responsible for the daily performance of over 300 federal and contractor personnel
The incumbent is expected to provide expertise and exercise critical judgment and maturity. This position reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

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