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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 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of the Commissioner for Patents, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Administration, Office of Patent Information Management (OPIM), Office of Patent Automation (OPA). OPIM provides analysis, testing, and deployment of automation technologies; marketing and outreach; e-commerce products; information resources; data processing; and customer support to the Patents business areas and global members of the Intellectual Property community. OPA is responsible for program and project management functions to ensure that the necessary functional and technical requirements are addressed in the development of automation tools and technologies needed to support improvements in Patent business operations.

    • A supervisory probationary period may be required
    This position is also being announced under the USPTO’s Merit Promotion Program, the Job Announcement Number is OPA-2017-0011. 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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    As a Supervisory Information Technology Specialist, the employee provides strategic leadership, direction, and vision for OPA and directs the formulation, prioritization, and implementation of actions to ensure that OPA initiatives are aligned with the strategic goals of OPIM and the USPTO strategic plan.

    If selected for this position you will perform the following duties:

    • Actively leads implementation of organizational change and influences others in sharing a vision that is aligned with the goals of OPIM and the USPTO Strategic Plan. Works collaboratively to build coalitions to achieve goals.
    • Manages and coordinates the collective efforts of subordinate staff participating in planning, directing, integrating, and executing aspects of assigned programs and for achieving program cost, schedule, performance, and/or system supportability requirements, all of which is in support of the critical and complex patent application process.
    • Ensures that operational systems and services are provided in an accurate, reliable, timely, and cost effective manner. Provides technical advice, interpretation, and procedural guidance to the Patents BU on advanced technologies and current automated systems. Assesses and interprets user requirements as related to policies, laws, regulations, priorities, systems capabilities, operating practices and procedures, and funding. Ensures that requests for planned or expanded systems or services are justified and consistent with the Patents and USPTO mission, objectives, and standards.
    • Develops strategic, technical, and operational plans and budgets with other top management officials within OPIM and across the USPTO to provide technical and operational assistance/support for the automated systems used in conducting the day-to-day Patents business.
    • Represents the Office in meetings and conferences. Responsibilities including presenting results of assessments and studies (which may be complex or controversial), negotiating agreements, and influencing approval and implementation of USPTO-wide solutions and plans. Identifies and resolves, as applicable, unique issues where no policy exists, recommending innovative actions to address new needs and/or issues.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481503500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.