Chief Financial Officer

Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Full Time


The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a premier organization on the cutting-edge of national and international intellectual property issues and has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 225 years. Additionally, as a fully user-fee funded organization, the USPTO operates with a great deal of operational autonomy. The USPTO is seeking an innovative, high-performing, experienced executive to join as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

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As the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for the management and long-term planning of the agency's finances, budget, financial systems, and procurement services, as well as the following:

Oversees all financial management activities relating to USPTO programs and operations;

Oversees 300 employees and contract staff;

Develops and maintains integrated agency accounting and financial management services and systems, including financial reporting and internal controls;

Directs and manages policy guidance and oversight of USPTO financial management personnel, activities, and operations to achieve compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policy through the Office of Planning and Budget, the Office of Finance, the Office of Financial Management Systems, and the Office of Procurement;

Advises the Under Secretary and senior agency management on agency budgetary priorities, establishment and adjustment of user fees, the financial execution of the budget, and prepares timely cost and performance reports;

Evaluates proposals for reprogramming of funds, advising senior agency management on appropriate compliance measures and ensuring that approved transfers of budget authority between budget accounts and allocations is consistent with reprogramming laws and regulations;

Oversees the USPTO's enterprise risk management program, and advises the Under Secretary and senior agency management on emerging risk areas;

Ensures that the Under Secretary and senior agency management are kept fully informed on Departmental, OMB, Congressional, and other higher-level policies and practices that impact USPTO programs;

Serves as the Audit Resolution Officer, working with the USPTO counsel and business teams, as needed, and negotiating resolution of Inspector General, Government Accountability Office and Office of Management and Budget recommendations.

The incumbent is expected to provide expertise and exercise critical judgment and maturity. This individual needs to be a leader and coalition-builder who can work on multiple levels within the agency, the Department of Commerce, and across government to implement programs and processes, and facilitate change.

The selected CFO will oversee an annual budget of more than $3.4B and join an effective and collaborative executive committee poised to drive operational change that will lead USPTO into the future.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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 (OGE-278) upon appointment


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.


Preferred candidates will have the educational credentials in the areas commensurate with the responsibilities of the position.

Additional information

Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in an OPM SES certified position.

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 position requires a Top Secret level security clearance.

The incumbent will 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.

Veteran preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.

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).

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 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.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of and experience with a full range of financial management functions and responsibilities, including budget development and execution over multi-billion dollar budgets, accounting principles and reporting, measuring organizational performance, operation of financial and related systems to support processes, federal procurement practices and policies, and internal management control.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with top-level decision-makers in an organization so that difficult financial recommendations can be implemented and so that critical priorities are adequately funded.
  • Ability to effectively communicate financial, budgetary, financial systems and procurement issues and information to audiences such as USPTO executives, Administration officials, Congressional staff, and stakeholder groups.

  • Executive Core Qualifications

    Note that if selected , you will be required to submit a narrative response addressing your specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrate your possession of the Executive Core Qualifications described below. For more information about the Executive Core Qualifications, please visit this site:

    Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.

    Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.

    Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.

    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 who are already OPM certified SES will not be required to submit their answers to the ECQs.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    A complete application consists of:

    1) 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.

    2) Your narrative responses to the Professional Technical Qualification (PTQs) questions. 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.

    You can choose one of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents: 1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site. OR 2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4254 using the system generated fax cover sheet. Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement. Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your rating. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.

    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 schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    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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