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Job Title:  Systems Development Lead - IT Specialist (SYSANALYSIS/APPSW) - DE
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Patent and Trademark Office
Job Announcement Number:  CIO-2014-0204

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to Monday, August 11, 2014
This is a Full-Time, Permanent - Career/Career-Conditional appointment in the Competitive Service.
MANY vacancies - Alexandria, VA   View Map
Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.

Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

*One or more cutoff dates may occur at management's request during the open period for this announcement.**
Cutoff dates are as follows: June 10th, July 10th, and August 10th, 2014.
**Additional cutoff dates may occur at management's request during the open period for this announcement.**

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 also being announced under the USPTO’s Merit Promotion Program, the job announcement number is CIO-2014-0205. Please review that announcement to determine if you are eligible for consideration under the Merit Promotion Program.

The Patent Systems Division (PSD) implements technical business solutions for the Patents Business Unit. This division is responsible for the communications, collaboration, project management, basic technology practices/development/processes, resource management, and system/business analysis necessary to support buildable and testable requirements for delivering professional information technology services and solutions to the Patents Business Unit. The Division is divided into two branches that specialize in the Patents systems that support: Patent processing and infrastructure; and Patent intake and search. The Trademark Systems Division (TSD) implements technical business solutions for the Trademark Business Unit. The Corporate Systems Division (CSD) implements technical business solutions for the Corporate Business Units (CFO, CAO, OGC, OCIO, U/S&DIR) and other business units including Patent and Trademark when the business solutions are not related to Patent or Trademark application processes.

This position serves as a Systems Development Lead (SDL) in PSD, TSD, or CSD.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • 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.


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The incumbent:

  • Serves as a technical lead expert and manages the software development of multiple medium to high cost, medium to high impact, and/or medium to high complexity large scale IT Software Projects or assigned automated information systems (AISs) to support business customer needs. As an expert technical authority, solves significant problems complicated by interfaces and interrelationships between and among programs, systems functions, policies, and numerous critical issues.
  • Works with internal partners, such as project team members, Division Director, Branch Chief, and external partners, such as Business Users, other supporting groups and contractors, to complete projects. Independently plans, implements, reports on, and evaluates projects and tasks.
  • Serves as a Task Order Manager. Creates and/or provides technical input to statements of work, task orders, and other acquisition related documents necessary to effectively obtain and manage contractor-supported AED projects. Uses Systems Development Life Cycle procedures to monitor and maintain the system development through production delivery. Prepares appropriate artifact templates, Project Resource Estimation Worksheets (PREWs), status reports, etc.
  • As technical lead, applies technical and analytical skills to develop and support the best technical solutions to create plans for task order accomplishment.
  • Monitors the technical effort being performed by vendors or contractors at the task order level. Advises the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) on performance or compliance issues of task order. Reports, documents and escalates performance issues or potential problems as soon as they occur or soon as possible.
  • Holds discussions with stakeholders to ensure that work activities conform to business requirements and industry standards.
  • Mentors and coaches lower-graded SDLs.
  • Analyzes software and/or hardware problems and provides solutions. Solves a wide range of complex operational and support problems to meet customer requirements. Draws upon multiple IT specialties in order to accomplish complex tasks.
  • Provides consultation and recommendations to organizational components of USPTO in the establishment of new or improved information systems and/or applications software. Researches emerging technologies and advises managers and customers on software and/or hardware needs, on new technology, and recommends modifications to current software and/or hardware that enhances or improves the agency’s ability to accomplish mission-critical program activities.
  • Develops comprehensive independent cost estimates for new or modified systems and ensures the integration of all systems components; e.g., procedures, databases, policies, software, and hardware.
  • Participates in systems production problems analysis, troubleshooting, and issue resolutions. Responsible for assembling the solution teams to resolve production problems, resolve issues, troubleshoot, and perform systems analysis, resulting in the restoring of production systems to a normal state or production readiness state.
  • Ensures the rigorous application of information security/information assurance policies, principles, and practices to the systems analysis process.
  • Participates in complicated special projects and serves as a project lead. Provides direction and guidance to team members.
  • Provides guidance and assistance to co-workers or lower-graded IT staff.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


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You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM Website.
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. Candidates for the GS-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes:

Skill Set 1- Job experience leading a team of programmers that are developing a software solution in Java and/or C#


Skill Set 2- Job experience using SDLC methodologies while developing Java and/or C# applications; e.g. Waterfall and/or Agile/Scrum


Skill Set 3-  Job experience in programming in one or more of the following programming languages: Java, C# 


Skill Set 4-  Job experience working as a technical expert with all these technologies:

  • Web Frameworks (e.g. Spring MVC, Struts, MyFaces, Restlet, etc.) and/or Web Services (e.g. RESTful , SOAP based Web Services, or ASP .NET) and 
  • Web Server and/or EJB Server development e.g. Apache, Tomcat, and /or WebSphere, WebLogic, JBoss, Internet Information Services(IIS) and Relational Database design and development using e.g. Oracle, MySQL and/or SQL Server Database,object-relational mapping (ORM) like hibernate
In addition to meeting specialized experience requirements, you must have IT-related experience demonstrating these competencies:

Attention to Detail

Is thorough, accurate and consistent when accomplishing a task with concern for all the areas involved. Pursues quality in all tasks performed.

Customer Service

Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external business partners and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government). Provides information or assistance. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement. Effectively manages customer relationships.


Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals and groups. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed. Speaks and writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner that is appropriate to the audience. Facilitates an open exchange of ideas to ensure all group input is considered. Handles technical, sensitive or controversial topics with agility, involving executives/managers as appropriate.

Problem Solving

Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes sound recommendations.


Education may not be substituted for experience at this grade level.



Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

KSA 1 - Ability to lead and manage the development of IT Projects:

  • Project Management Life Cycle
  • Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Configuration Management Framework
  • ITIL Framework
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Security Awareness
  • Documentation life cycle
  • Requirements analysis
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Task Order Management
KSA 2 - Knowledge of all aspects of system development/maintenance, including software languages and development tools, workflow tools, applications programming, testing, requirement's management, blended with more than one of the following: computer systems analysis, computer systems architecture, operating systems, computer networking, application design techniques, and relational database interface design.

KSA 3 - Knowledge of Servlets, Web services, relational database access, and skill in implementing client server applications, multi-tier applications, web-based applications, and graphical user interfaces (GUI) to deliver and support USPTO computer systems per customer requirement.

KSA 4 - Ability to communicate information, both orally and in writing, to users, managers, technical staff, and contract support personnel to influence important agency IT policies or programs.

Your application will then be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating procedures evaluate your total qualifying experience, education, and training and assigns them into a single, pre-defined quality category. Qualified applicants are assigned to one of three categories following a review of their resume and other supporting documentation. Each category is defined as follows:
Best Qualified - Applicant possesses exceptional experience with a background that demonstrates a superior level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required to perform the duties of the position.
Well Qualified - Applicant possesses good experience with a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required to perform the duties of the position.
Qualified - Applicant possesses the minimum qualifications with a background that demonstrates a basic level of knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required to perform the duties of the position.

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Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen or National. 
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 Bargaining Unit position.
This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of “moderate”.
Except as prohibited by law, all applicants tentatively selected for positions needing a Top Secret Clearance will be required to submit to a urinalysis 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 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.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if they are assigned to the “well qualified” quality category under the category rating procedures.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on theOffice of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website 
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 ( or phone (571-272-8292).


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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.

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 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.


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.

Suppoting Documentation:
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 Member 4 copy of your DD-214. 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 Member 4 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; 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.
2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4052 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.
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.


Anthony G. Henderson
Phone: 571-272-6160
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
550 Elizabeth Lane
Elizabeth Townhouse
Alexandria, VA
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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.

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