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Announcement Number:
CCO-2017-0007
Hiring Agency:
PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
Position Title:
Public Affairs Specialist
Open Period:
08/03/2017 - 08/17/2017

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 1035 11/12
Salary:
USD $66,510 - USD $103,639
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a Full-Time, Permanent
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Alexandria, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Rachael Tsuchitani
571-272-6192
Rachael.Tsuchitani@uspto.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Career/Career-Conditional appointment in the Competitive Service.
Marketing Statement:
The Office of the Chief Communications Officer (OCCO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for all aspects of the agency’s public affairs and communication outreach activities.
Summary:
Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®!

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 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 the USPTO Careers Website

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Communications Officer (OCCO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The OCCO is responsible for all aspects of the agency’s public affairs and communication outreach activities. The office responds to all press inquiries; writes, edits, and distributes the USPTO Weekly employee newsletter; provides photographic coverage of agency activities, ceremonies, and events; maintains a photo archive; teams with the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) in the management and promotion of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum and works closely with NIHF on a number of educational outreach and inventor recognition programs; and, in partnership with the Web Executive Board and Web Advisory Council, manages the USPTO website.

The Public Affairs Specialist develops, promotes and implements USPTO informational programs for the general public, Agency employees, and stakeholder audiences.
  • A probationary period may be required
This position is also being announced under the USPTO’s Merit Promotion Program, Job Announcement Number is CCO-2017-0008. Please review that announcement to determine if you are eligible for consideration under the Merit Promotion Program.

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that do not fall under competitive examining procedures as this announcement; however, they may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

The individual selected for this position:

  • Researches, writes and edits a wide variety of written materials (news releases, speeches, talking points, brochures, booklets, newsletters, and radio and television copy) for distribution and presentation to the news media, USPTO stakeholders and the general public.
  • Plans, implements, designs and oversees effective information projects and/or campaigns to convey information about USPTO programs and initiatives to a variety of external and internal audiences.
  • Reviews, develops and produces materials to help educate a wide variety of audiences, including appropriate communication channels, techniques and strategies to disseminate information to audiences. Makes reasonable proposals on methods to connect with hard-to-reach audiences.
  • Works with managers, employees, stakeholders and other forums to ensure that audiences are receiving the information they need; and advises supervisor and staff as to information needs and appropriate means of dissemination.
  • Responds to media information requests and helps to lead the development and implementation of special projects and outreach initiatives and educational programs to raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
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Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Education Requirements:
    Education:

    GS-11: Education may be substituted for specialized experience if one of the following is met:  

    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

    or

    3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

    or

    LL.M., if related

    GS-12: Education may NOT be substituted for specialized experience.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education. Another listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered.  Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Evaluations:
    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the self-assessment questions (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “gold,” “silver,” and “bronze.” Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “gold” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans’ preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.

    Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold). 

    The scored self assessment questions in the job announcement will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

    KSA 1 - Skill in writing, reviewing and developing a variety of materials (articles, news releases, talking points, speeches, ad hoc information presentations) designed to convey information on agency programs and activities to specialized audiences.

    KSA 2 -
    Skill in applying a variety of analytical techniques in gathering, analyzing and evaluating complex data, and developing appropriate recommendations for the consideration of management.

    KSA 3 -
    Knowledge of the principles, methods, practices, and techniques of communication, for the development, design, planning, production, and distribution of written and oral information.

    KSA 4 - Skill in establishing and maintaining working relationships with a variety of internal employee groups, media, external stakeholders, and the general public to inform them of programs, objectives and activities.

    For more information on category rating, please go to: http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/prod01_009474.pdf

    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).
    Qualifications:
    You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position. OPM's prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions can be found at OPM Qualification Standards. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

    Specialized Experience: is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service.

    Candidates for the GS-11 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience for this position includes the following skill sets:

    Skill Set 1: Experience writing content in plain language to support a public/media relations program for a major organization/agency, such as news releases, talking points, blogs, etc. which promote policies, positions, individuals, and organizations to a variety of audiences.

    Skill Set 2: Experience identifying and pitching stories to relevant writers and journalists and responding to media information requests.

    Skill Set 3: Experience planning, designing, and implementing, effective information projects and/or campaigns in order to convey information about an organization’s programs and initiatives.  

    Skill Set 4: Experience organizing input from many sources within an organization and developing coordinated messaging drawn from those sources. 

    OR

    Education: Education may be substituted for specialized experience. Please see Education section for details.

    Candidates for the GS-12 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience for this position includes the following skill sets:

    Skill Set 1: Experience writing content in plain language to support a public/media relations program for a major organization/agency, such as news releases, talking points, blogs, etc. which promote policies, positions, individuals, and organizations to a variety of audiences.

    Skill Set 2: Job experience identifying and pitching stories to relevant writers and journalists, responding to media information requests, and helping lead the development and implementation of special projects and outreach initiatives.

    Skill Set 3: Experience overseeing the complete development and implementation of communications/outreach plans to convey information about an organization’s programs and initiatives, from initial writing through post-event review and feedback.

    Skill Set 4: Organizing input from many sources within an organization, developing coordinated messages drawn from those sources, and successfully obtaining support and buy-in for their use from superiors and other relevant parties.  

    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) and Telework Program are available to eligible employees.

    Please visit USPTO New Employee Information for additional information.

    Visit Working for the Federal Government to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.
    Agency Benefits:
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement
    Federal agencies, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. USPTO Job Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should request accommodation(s) from the USPTO at http://www.uspto.gov/accommodation. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
    Other Information:
    Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen. 

    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 “moderate”.

    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 the Department of Homeland Security Website.

    Probationary Period- If selected, you may be required to complete an initial one-year probationary period.

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

    Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap.  CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

    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 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 (oeeod@uspto.gov) or phone (571-272-8292).

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

    Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is defined as information that can be traced back to a specific individual and potentially compromise their security or privacy. Examples of PII include: date of birth, Social Security Number, and place of birth.

    Please ensure that you have removed all Personally Identifiable Information from all documents prior to submitting or uploading your applications material.

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    You MUST apply online.  If you experience difficulties with the application process or do not have access to a computer, please contact the HR Specialist listed as the point of contact before the closing date of this job announcement.  If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position. For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page.  Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the right side of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO.

    If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at MGSHELP@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs “Saved Documents” feature.
    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 including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the KSAs in the job announcement. Please Note: Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume.

    2. Transcripts: (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or Substitution of Education for specialized experience): You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, 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 requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

    Supporting Documents:
    PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements for this position may be contacted within 7 business days of the closing date of this announcement to submit follow-up supporting documentation if applicable. Applicants claiming veterans’ preference entitlement or CTAP/ICTAP eligibility who fail to submit supplemental documentation within 5 business days of receiving the request will not lose consideration for this position, however they will not be entitled to special or priority consideration.

    Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the closing date of this announcement are

    1. Veterans’ Preference Documentation: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, you will be asked to submit a copy of your DD-214 containing your discharge disposition, dates of service, and rank. If you are a preference eligible claiming a service connected disability of 10 percent or more, you will be asked to submit documentation (i.e. a letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces) certifying to the veteran’s present receipt of compensation. Veterans must include dates of military service within the automated application process, and submit a copy of each Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214. For more information, please visit Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans.

    2. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) documentation: Applicants will be asked to submit:
    (1) A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
    (2) A copy of your latest SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
    (3) A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
    (4) Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

    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 Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

    NOTE: The preceding documentation requirements are based on job requirements and individual applicant eligibility. Not all documents are applicable to all applicants--if you are unsure which documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this 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.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov/ and clicking on “Track Your Online Application.” The four points of notification are:

    1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;

    2.  Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

    3.  Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

    4.  Selected or Not Selected

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated timeframes. 

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans’ preference, disability, etc.).

    You can check the status of your application by logging into USAJOBS.  You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, editing your profile and changing the ‘Notification Settings’ to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes.  Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within 2 weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.

    By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.