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    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.

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    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.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    1035 Public Affairs

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476162300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.