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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Chief Patent Academic Officer
Open Period:
08/24/2018 - 10/09/2018


ES - 1220 00
USD $126,148 - USD $189,600
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Permanent
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Alexandria, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Isis Thomas


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Senior Executives
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:

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For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.  


The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a progressive organization at the forefront of intellectual property issues around the world, is seeking a high performing professional to join its Senior Executive Team as Chief Patent Academic Officer, within the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Office of the Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality, Office of Patent Training.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


The Chief Patent Academic Officer (CPAO) position is located within the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Quality, Office of the Associate Commissioner for Patent Quality, Office of Patent Training. The incumbent is responsible for utilizing a wide array of academic approaches, processes and techniques to develop the Office of Patent Training (OPT) priorities. The CPAO must be able to communicate findings orally, in writing and with innovative data visualization to the Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO, Commissioner for Patents, and internal and external stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Exercising a thorough knowledge of the philosophy and mission of adult learning, including in an online learning environment; knowledge of academic program planning and curriculum design and its application to sound academic management in a college or university environment;

  • Providing insights, recommendations, and advice on policy and strategy to management; specifically in relation to the creation of the annual Operational Plan for the Office of Patent Training; oversight and guidance of the creation and implementation of annual operational plans for the OPT leadership team; and assisting Associate Commissioner in achieving priority institutional objectives; and evaluating progress toward goals and objectives;

  • Overseeing the systematic and routine assessment of all OPT programs and services to measure and plan continuous improvement;

  • Representing the Deputy Commissioner and/or Associate Commissioner at times and utilizing industry standard communication and visualization tools to present complex information and analysis to senior executives;

  • Identifying areas of improvements and being proactive in resolving issues by ensuring that OPT offers an inclusive environment that promotes understanding and respect within a diverse staff and community;

  • Supporting mutually beneficial partnerships between the patents business unit and the intellectual property industry, not-for-profit organizations and other educational institutions;

  • Maintaining regular communication and working relationship with other areas of the patents business unit, keeping them informed of current activities and working with them to achieve business unit and Agency priorities;

  • Proactively developing and maintaining stakeholders and consultative relationships with key business stakeholders by identifying and addressing academic needs, aligning data strategy with potential initiatives that will drive the business unit and Agency strategic plan and;

  • Annually reviewing the program synthesis to ensure that academic programs that directly support the needs of the employees and stakeholders are initiated and maintained.

Qualifications and Evaluations

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.
Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Education Requirements:

    The individual must have a scientific or technical degree, or the equivalent. A best qualified candidate would have knowledge of and demonstrate successful experience in progressively responsible teaching, administrative and educational leadership positions in a college or university environment. 


    Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess managerial attributes in the four 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. Applicants must also clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess managerial attributes in the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Each response should include a brief summary of the applicant's experience in relation to the specific ECQ and specific examples of accomplishments.


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

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

    1. Knowledge of and experience with academic program planning and curriculum design and its application to sound academic management in a college or university environment; broad knowledge of the philosophy and mission of adult learning including in an online learning environment.
    2. Knowledge and experience in directing, supervising, and evaluating the activities of a professional and technical organization unit.
    3. Understanding of patents practice and procedures, as well as appreciable breadth of knowledge in scientific and technical fields.
    4. Knowledge of public administration principles and their relationship to the development and implementation of agency programs and national policies.

    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 Professional Technical Qualification (PTQs) requirements and do NOT need to address the Executive Core Qualifications (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: :

    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 a 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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    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 Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Other 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.

    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" risk.

    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.

    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 recruitment incentives are not authorized and will not be paid

    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.

    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 to Apply

    How to Apply:

    You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement. All applications must be submitted online. Please be sure to include the following in your application packet: a resume, narratives describing your experience (specific tasks) and accomplishments against the four Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) along with your narrative responses to the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).For more information in regards to the ECQs please visit this website:

    Submit only the documents requested. Additional documents will not be reviewed by the rating panel. FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT CALL: Isis Thomas at 571-272-4363 TTD#: (800) 828-1120 or Relay System Electronic submission must be received by 11:59pm Eastern time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. United States Patent and Trademark Office programs are accessible to people with disabilities. This document will be converted to an appropriate alternative form for applicants with disabilities. Requests for this or other assistance and accommodation should be directed to the contact above. VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR, SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NON-DISQUALIFYING HANDICAP, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR. II. GENERAL INFORMATION

    1. Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. 2. Veterans preference is not applicable for the SES. 3. If selected, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must confirm their selective service registration status. Certification forms are available at most Federal agency personnel offices or from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. 4. Privacy Act requirements (PL 93-579): the application forms prescribed are used to determine qualification for promotion, reassignment, or employment and are authorized under Title 5, USC sections 3302 and 3360. 5. Candidates outside of the PTO who are referred for consideration will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment, OF-306. 6. The Office of Human Resources strongly encourages applicants applying for positions to read the vacancy announcement in its entirety before submitting application materials for this position.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the application procedure or processes, please contact the individual listed under 'Contact Information.' Failure to follow instructions in the announcement will result in your application not receiving consideration

    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) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Do not write "see resume". Input narrative responses when prompted.
    3) Transcript(s) - 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.

    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.

    Next Steps:
    Candidates are evaluated by an executive rating panel based on the degree to which they meet the PTQs and ECQs, considering the applicant's education, work-related experience, training, awards, professional recognition and performance appraisals as set forth in the materials submitted by the candidates, and, if needed, upon a panel interview.

    You will receive notification through USAJOBS at each of the following points during the application process: (1) application received; (2) applicant assessed for qualifications; (3) applicant referred or not referred; and (4) selected or not selected.