The Chief Economist will support the mission of the OPIA and the USPTO by formulating, planning, conducting, and responding to economic studies, analyses and research related to domestic and international IP protection and enforcement. The Chief Economist will also develop conclusions and recommendations concerning such studies and research, including economic impact on the USPTO or U.S. interests, while ensuring effective coordination and communication between OPIA and other USPTO Business Units, other U.S. government entities, and domestic and international organizations with regard to economic issues relevant to domestic or international IP protection and enforcement.
Specifically, the Chief Economist shall:
Work actively with the Under Secretary and senior USPTO management to identify areas of research need, prioritize the resulting questions, and lead the Office of Chief Economist (OCE) team to conduct studies, research, and analysis accordingly.
Ensure that research projects are completed in a timely, cost-effective manner. The Chief Economist ensures that reports, analyses, white papers and the like are presented in a manner that is accessible both to trained economists and to a more general audience.
Participate as a sole representative of the United States or as a senior expert on a team, in projects to realize the Administration's objectives in economic matters where exceptionally sophisticated or complex economics or statistical issues are involved; advise other staff members and executives on the more complex and subtle aspects involved in planning, establishing strategies for, and conducting negotiations associated with matters of economic importance; and consult and coordinate with top level officials in other agencies such as the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, and the Office of the United States Trade representative.
Ensure that the OCE staff accurately and appropriately conducts research on various economic topics as it relates to IP policy and its impact on national and international economy.
Participate in international meetings, conferences, and workshops regarding IP-related economic issues with economists and representatives from IP offices, foreign governments and domestic and international organizations.
Directly supervise the supervisory Economist, overseeing the planning, direction and timely execution of programs; manage organizational changes or major changes to the structure and content of programs; render advice, counsel or instruction to employees on both substantive work and administrative matters.
Who May Apply
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Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals.
Please review the announcement (OPIA-2018-0011) to determine if you are eligible for consideration under other hiring options.
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Conditions of Employment
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. Provide responses to the Professional Technical Qualification questions. A copy of your college transcripts. You will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) upon appointment.
Your answers to the Professional Technical Qualifications and Resume must demonstrate the below experience in order to move forward in the recruitment process. Please be sure to provide narrative responses to all questions. Do not write See Resume.
Extensive knowledge of principles of economic theory and models; statistical theory and methods; techniques of research and reporting, data collection and evaluation; basic statistical measures and terminology; principles of effective composition; and utilization of resource and reference materials.
Considerable knowledge of intellectual property law and economics sufficient to communicate effectively with high level executives and to accurately assess programmatic areas.
Considerable knowledge of economic analysis techniques and sources of economic and financial data pertinent to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other types of intellectual property.
Demonstrated experience in leadership positions and the ability to plan, direct, and review the work of professional staff in the analysis of economic data and preparation of comprehensive reports; apply expert judgment, prepare valid conclusions and accurate evaluations related to forecasting developments in the field of intellectual property; speak, write and communicate effectively with government officials, members of Congress and others.
You must meet the basic requirements:
: Economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus, or
B. Combination of education and experience:
Courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
If you are using a combination of education and experience in order to substitute for the degree, you must possess the following types of experiences:
Individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; and
Supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; and
Teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following: a) personal research that produced evidence of results, b) direction of graduate theses in economics, or c) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economic problems.
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and has a risk level designation of moderate
A recruitment and/or relocation incentive will not be authorized.
- 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.
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- If selected, you may be required to complete an initial one-year probationary period.
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Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transaction Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a minimum rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: **** 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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
In order to be considered for this position you must answer the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) under the Qualifications section, and submit a detailed resume that supports your answers to the PTQs.
Your responses to the PTQs and resume will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score. Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the Required Documents section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).
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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 PTQs 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.
2. Narrative answers to the Professional Technical Qualification Questions.
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 ****
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.
submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.
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. 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.
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