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Job Title:  Regional Director
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Patent and Trademark Office
Job Announcement Number:  ERPB-2014-0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 02, 2014 to Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Permanent - Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Detroit, MI View Map
Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals. 
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

Come work for the #1 Best Place to Work ™ in the Federal Government! The 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 is 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 our website at



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    The Regional Director will be responsible for general oversight of the Detroit satellite office as the most senior ranking official representing the USPTO.  Duties may include, but not limited to, regular status updates on space management issues, budget items, personnel concerns, and community outreach occurring in the satellite office.  The Regional Director will coordinate with other USPTO Business Units regarding issues that may affect satellite offices, including Trademarks, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Office of the Chief Communication Officer (OCCO), and other satellite office Regional Directors. 

    Specifically the incumbent will:

    • Develop a short and long-range strategic plan consistent with the USPTO’s Strategic Plan and the priorities of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and implementing the same. 
    • Serve as the primary channel of outreach with USPTO stakeholders in the greater Detroit, Michigan, and Midwest region, including the intellectual property bar, businesses, and the education community and will be responsible for tailoring outreach efforts to the satellite office community and seek input, gather feedback and incorporate suggestions from the satellite office community on its unique needs.
    • Create and execute an outreach and communication plan consistent with and in support of the Agency’s goals of increasing community engagement, enhancing goodwill within the USPTO’s stakeholder community, obtaining support for USPTO programs and initiatives and providing education and information to applicants regarding intellectual property rights and laws.
    • Identify recurring challenges or impediments to the success of a satellite office and Agency goals.  The Regional Director shall recommend solutions that are obtainable and workable within current and future budget limits.  
    • Be responsible for coordinating budget projections and requirements in coordination with the Commissioner for Patents, Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration and the Office of Patent Financial Management (OPFM).
    • Communicate policies and procedures to the relevant team members in the satellite office as well as communicating issues from the satellite office team members to relevant persons within the Agency residing outside the satellite office.  The Regional Director is responsible for ensuring practices are consistent and in compliance with the policies and procedures of the USPTO.   
    • Evaluate and justify staff resource changes to support the mission and goals of the USPTO and the local satellite office.
    • Be responsible for the performance of support staff and supervisors as assigned, and reviews performance ratings for those staff members. The Regional Director is also responsible for taking necessary disciplinary actions, approving superior performance awards, hearing employee grievances, etc., for any staff as assigned.
    • Be responsible for facilities management oversight of the satellite office, including coordinating with the Chief Administrative Officer on issues relating to closure of the satellite office due to an unscheduled event (e.g., extreme weather, natural disaster, IT systems non-operational, etc.). 
    • Be responsible for notifying internal and external stakeholders of any decision relating to facility events or closures and ensuring proper emergency-related information is maintained, and providing required emergency-related training information to employees.
    • Be responsible for communicating and coordinating with Labor Relations staff in the Office of the Chief Administration Officer and the Office of the Commissioner for Patents on issues regarding labor relations.  The Regional Director will also coordinate and communicate, as needed, with leadership in the respective bargaining units.
    • Be responsible for implementing the policies and procedures outlined by the Commissioner for Patents regarding any patent examining-related matters within the satellite office, as needed, and working with the Chief Judge of the PTAB to support the accomplishment of the goals of the PTAB for the satellite office.
    • Be responsible for ensuring that the satellite office operates in a manner consistent with the Agency as a whole including on matters of examination policies and procedures.


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    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.

    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.


    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. 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.

    Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs)

    1. Supervisory and administrative ability, experience in directing, supervising, and evaluating the activities of a major organizational unit. Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships; direct work among subordinate groups; resolve conflicts and attend to morale and organizational climate issues. Demonstrated leadership ability requiring strategic thinking and decision-making that will achieve expected results and possess the skills, knowledge and abilities necessary to work in a team / matrix management environment.
    2. Knowledge and understanding of the advocacy of nonprofits and associations related to intellectual property; and expert knowledge and experience in stakeholder outreach and development.
    3. Knowledge of the scientific, technical and legal matters associated with the patent process, which may include the preparation and/or prosecution of patent applications, the classification of patents, or comparable experience in the patent field.

    4. Ability to represent the USPTO positively before external and internal stakeholders and to communicate effectively and comfortably through public speaking.

    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

    Leading People

    Results Driven

    Business Acumen

    Building Coalitions

    To preview questions please click here.


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    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 "high" 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 may be authorized.

    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).


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    You MUST apply online. If you experience difficulties with the application process or do not have access to a computer, it is your responsibility to contact the HR Specialist listed in the "Contact Information" 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. NEED HELP? 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 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. 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) questions. Do not write "see attachment" or "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 571-258-4052 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. 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.


    Lari Washington
    Phone: 571-272-8821
    Fax: 571-258-4052
    Agency Information:
    550 Elizabeth Lane
    Alexandria, VA
    Fax: 571-258-4052


    Candidates are evaluated by an executive rating panel based on the degree to which they meet the PTQs and ECQs, considering the applicant's 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.

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