Senior Level, Senior Advisor for International Work Sharing - MP

Alexandria, Virginia
Jul 30, 2021
Aug 07, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of International Patent Cooperation (OIPC), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Deputy Commissioner who leads OIPC serves under the general administrative direction of the Commissioner for Patents and is responsible for providing strategic development and implementation of highly complex and cross-cutting international initiatives to provide new efficiencies as well as quality enhancements to the international patent prosecution system.

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The Senior Advisor for International Work Sharing provides strategic vision, guidance, and direction to ensure the identification, evaluation and definition of international work sharing and cooperation solutions supporting international users of the patent system. The Senior Advisor for International Work Sharing makes high level managerial decisions required for successful work sharing program development, administration, and management.

The Senior Advisor for International Work Sharing duties will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Oversees the development and implementation of global IP work sharing and cooperation initiatives, including: The study and evaluation of their potential and practicality and the gathering of stakeholder feedback, including from other intellectual property offices and patent-related stakeholder groups, both domestic and abroad, on the usefulness and efficacy of global IP work sharing and cooperation initiatives.
  • Makes recommendations on business process and system improvements within the Patents business unit based on lessons learned from work sharing and cooperation initiatives, based on stakeholder feedback, and based on the Patents business unit's strategic goals for work sharing; facilitates or leads the implementation of these recommended improvements.
  • Ensures the development and implementation of training, guidance, and resource support for end users of global IP work sharing and cooperation programs.
  • Formulates and develops implementation and negotiation strategies on global intellectual property matters that touch on international work sharing and cooperation initiatives after directly coordinating on these matters with the USPTO Director, the USPTO Deputy Director, the Chief Policy Officer, the Chief Information Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Commissioner for Patents, and other executives and USPTO staff reporting to these leaders.
  • Represents the USPTO in international forums, serving as the recognized expert on global work sharing and cooperation matters related to the patent system and negotiates on behalf of the United States on work sharing and cooperation matters at bilateral and multilateral meetings of offices, such as IP5 and Trilateral
  • Advises on the resolution of critical or unusual problems for a broad range of complex, frequently long-term, international work sharing projects.

This position includes some supervisory and related managerial duties. These duties should occupy less than 25 percent of the incumbent's time.

The physical worksite for this position is located in Alexandria, VA. However, the USPTO is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position's telework schedule will likely change in the future when USPTO moves away from its maximum telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit's telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Have comprehensive, recent experience in the duties described.
  • Responses to PTQs (10,000 character limit each)
  • You must use the USA Jobs text boxes when submitting your PTQs
  • Resume requirements outlined in "Required Documents" Section.
  • Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) will be required upon appointment.


Candidates must provide evidence that is related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ). Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional/technical 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) questions - Do not write "see resume".

*Applicants are required to input narrative responses to the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) in the text boxes as prompted by USAJobs. Each PTQ 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 responses

Professional Technical Qualifications: Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess technical attributes in the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

The Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) for this position are:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of patent examination systems in the United States and in major foreign intellectual property offices, including worldwide patent documentation, classification, patent grant, and information technology systems in order to plan and develop various policy positions, programs, and projects effective to increase the efficiency of the USPTO and counterpart offices in numerous work sharing scenarios.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the laws, policies, and regulations governing major programs of the USPTO and Office of International Patent Cooperation sufficient to develop and expand innovative work sharing products supporting examiners, applicants, researchers, and all stakeholders.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, processes, and methodologies used in the patent examination process sufficient to conduct analyses of and make recommendations for business process and system improvements.
  • Demonstrated skill in advising senior management on global IP cooperation matters, strategic alignment of projects with mission objectives, project prioritization and selection, and metrics selection and performance in order to effectively support the overall goal of improving the international patent system.

  • Education

    Basic Education Requirements

    1. Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods Or

    2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in one or more of the social sciences, or in the humanities, as shown in Basic Requirement #1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education Or

    3. Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

    Additional information

    Probationary Period - If selected, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    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".

    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.

    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

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

    Relocation expenses and/or Recruitment incentives may not be authorized.

    Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transaction Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a minimum rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: OPM CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the 'Required Documents' section of this announcement.

    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). You will need to provide the information annually. 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.

    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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    In order to be considered for this position, you must demonstrate in your application package that you meet the key requirements for the job, answer the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs), and submit a detailed resume that supports your answers to the PTQs and specialized experience.

    Your responses to the PTQs and resume will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a rating and ranking panel. The highly qualified candidates will be submitted to the Selecting Official for further review and consideration. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Complete application consists of:
  • A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications. 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). Do not write "see resume." Input narrative responses when prompted. Please Note: Responses to the PTQs that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating.
  • Transcripts. You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are accepted, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirement. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.
  • SF-50 (Applicable to Current or Former Federal Employees Only): If you are a current Federal employee, a copy of a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that indicates Federal status, grade, tenure, and type of service. Please redact your social security number and date of birth.
  • CTAP/ICTAP (Required, if applicable): If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.
  • SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION (Required, if applicable): If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

  • 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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