Patent and Trademark Office IT Specialist (SYSANALYSIS/APPSW) -DE in Alexandria, Virginia

Patent and Trademark Office
few vacancies in the following location:
  • Alexandria, VA
Work Schedule is This is a Full-Time, Permanent - Career/Career-Conditional appointment in the Competitive Service.

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

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-2017-0006. Please review that announcement to determine if you are eligible for consideration under the Merit Promotion Program.

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary and Director on the application of information technology (IT) to support and improve the Agency’s business processes. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer is responsible for evaluating emerging technologies, communicating them throughout the OCIO, and advising the CIO and DCIO on technologies that show promise and should be funded and further developed. The Advanced Solutions Division (ASD) is responsible for the evaluation of emerging technologies, developing high level architectures and functional demonstrations (proof of concepts) to validate proposed solutions and technology.


The incumbent:

  • Provides technical advice and leadership in the analysis, design, development, deployment, maintenance, and enhancement of assigned large scale advanced technology automated information systems.
  • Provides consultation on Application Architecture to all USPTO programs and projects. Makes recommendations with actionable measures that facilitate better alignment with the business and IT architectures.
  • Assists in the refinement and validation of initial user requirements in order to develop solution architecture for new systems as well as architecturally significant enhancements to existing systems.
  • Provides extensive research and analysis to evaluate the Software Product Approval process which includes the design, implementation, and reengineering of the approval process and the categorization and mapping of products. Recommends the selection of USPTO target architecture preferred products to facilitate driving technology congruence and systematically reduce the complexity of IT environments.
  • Reviews Solution Architectures to capture new services provided by an enhancement release to the USPTO Enterprise Architecture (EA) program.
  • Reviews Solution Architecture of enhancement releases to ensure proper service use and re-use.
  • Recommends and/or approves Licensing and Maintenance Renewals of software products. Examines software product functional requirements and information needs and determines the appropriate compliment of vendor products and the quantities for each software product component within the selected, potentially customized composition, product suite.
  • Develops architectural web services and provides recommendations for selecting from standard component architecture patterns and architecture frameworks.
  • Assists in the development of architectural proof of concepts to demonstrate feasibility of proposed solution architectures by providing guidance and hands on participating in the development
  • Works with team leaders, senior IT specialists, supervisor, and customers to define requirements.
  • Serves as a Lead Solution Architect. 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 projects. Uses Systems Development Life Cycle (procedures to monitor and maintain the system design. Prepares appropriate artifact templates, Project Resource Estimation Worksheets (PREWs), status reports, etc. As Lead Solution Architect, applies technical and analytical skills to develop and support the best technical solutions to create plans for task order accomplishment.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (

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 – experience providing technical advice on the analysis, development, and enhancement of technology automated information systems including hands on experience developing Java Software;


Skill Set 2 – experience leading a team that develops solution architecture in automatic information systems;


Skill Set 3 – experience conducting research and analysis to evaluate the software product approval process to include defining, reengineering, and implementing the process.

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.

Communication: 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.

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.

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


Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application.

You will also 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.

After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated timeframes. Failure to submit requested documents or information within 5 business days of receiving the request may result in your application not receiving further consideration.

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.


Review our 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

Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen. 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 the Office 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).

Salary Range: $108,887.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-2210-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.

Control Number: 453402800

Job Announcement Number: CIO-2017-0005