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Silicon Valley Regional Director

Company: Air Force Institute of Technology
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Office of the Under Secretary and DirectorThe COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal employees pursuant to Executive Order 14043 does not currently apply. Some jobs, however, may be subject to agency- or job-specific vaccination requirements, so please review the job announcement for details. Click here for more information.Do you want to be a part of the engine that drives economic growth and national prosperity? The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking a highly-motivated executive to serve as the Silicon Valley Regional Director (SVRD). As SVRD you'll have an unparalleled opportunity to lead the charge in expanding the benefits of our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem throughout the Western Region of the United States.Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.Yes-You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.Applications will be accepted from qualified individuals from all groups.Join the dynamic leadership team at the USPTO working together with the full spectrum of innovators, to protect, incentivize, and support innovation in the region.

As a part of the USPTO Senior Executive Service (SES) cadre, you will be among a group of highly skilled executives, contributing to one of the important missions in the federal government. This position is an SES member, an elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and expertise required to lead across agencies. This cadre of dedicated executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service. As an SES member, you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation.

The Silicon Valley Regional Office is located in one of the most prodigious and innovative communities in the country and was selected as the agency's West Coast presence to assist USPTO in fostering and protecting innovation. The Silicon Valley Regional Office is located in San Jose, California, and serves a hub of education and outreach. The Western Region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State.

As the Silicon Valley Regional Director (SVRD), your role will be vital to expanding the U.S. economy by $1T by bringing into the innovation ecosystem those who have not traditionally participated. As the SVRD, you'll work with the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, other regional directors, and the USPTO executive team and staff to communicate and carry out the agency's mission, vision, strategic goals, and further outreach objectives. The SVRD will collaborate with other business units within the USPTO to incentivize innovation, particularly among traditionally underrepresented individuals and communities; help facilitate the protection of innovation and brands; and work as a catalyst to bring more ideas to impact, especially in key technology areas. The SVRD will be shaping the US to create jobs, foster economic prosperity, promote national security and solve world problems. The SVRD will also play a key role in employee hiring and engagement in the region and will be the managing director of the Office.

Join the dynamic leadership team at the USPTO working together with the full spectrum of innovators, to protect, incentivize, and support innovation in the region. If you're committed to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, you'll have the potential to make a tremendous positive impact. Here are some of the exciting duties you'll engage in:

  • You'll be at the forefront of many initiatives related to intellectual property, supporting activities and efforts focused on incentivizing and protecting innovation from individual inventors, small to medium-sized enterprises, and other entities in the Western Region, including those in and from traditionally underrepresented communities.
  • You'll represent the agency in the Western Region, and a vital part in delivering information on and advocating for the value of intellectual property by strengthening the public's understanding of intellectual property and the products and services the USPTO offers.
  • You'll engage with stakeholders and those who do not yet have access to the innovation ecosystem to protect more innovation and bring it to impact to solve problems, create jobs, and enhance economic prosperity.
  • You'll facilitate, coordinate, and lead high-level engagements with intellectual property and stakeholder leaders at the local, state, and Federal levels.
  • You'll inspire, promote innovation, work with innovators, and stimulate the economy by increasing and connecting entrepreneurs to government resources, supporting students and teachers through STEM education programs, gathering feedback from regional stakeholders, and recruiting diverse talent from the region.
  • You'll play a key role working with the business units to ensure employee engagement in the region.
  • You'll provide leadership and oversight to the Silicon Valley Regional Office staff and will be responsible for the overall administrative management and performance of subordinate staff.
  • You'll be responsible for facilities management oversight, including coordinating with USPTO's Executive Leadership on issues related to closures of the office due to unscheduled events (e.g., extreme weather, natural disasters, non-operational IT systems, etc.).
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or a National.
  • Background and/or Security investigation, if selected for position.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) will be required upon appointment.Qualifications Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) set forth below.

    Applicants are required to input narrative responses to the PTQs and ECQs in the text boxes as prompted by USAJobs. Each PTQ and each ECQ have a 10,000-character limit (to include spaces) that must be adhered to. Do not write "see resume." Uploaded documents addressing the PTQs and ECQs will not be accepted.

    Professional/Technical Qualifications:
    1. A background or skill set that demonstrates the ability to succeed at stakeholder and community outreach and development. Understanding of how to support, facilitate, coordinate, and lead high-level engagements at the local, state, and Federal levels to share visions, effect change, and incentivize behavior that will benefit and encourage the growth of our innovation-based economy, including in underrepresented sectors across the entire region.

    2. Ability to effectively lead programs and/or people. Ability to inspire others and to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others and in teams working toward common goals. Ability to resolve conflicts. Excellent communication skills for keeping leadership informed as issues arise and higher-level decisions are needed.

    3. Knowledge of the patent and trademark processes.

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

    5. Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, organize, and implement programs and measure their progress toward established goals.

    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 demonstrate your possession of each ECQ. For more information about the Executive Core Qualifications please visit this site: materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf

    Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
    Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
    Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems and calculating risks.
    Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.
    Building Coalitions - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Result (C-C-A-R) model outlined in the Guide to SES Qualifications.
    Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
    Context - Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
    Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
    Result - Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
    Note: Submit only the documents requested. Additional documents will not be reviewed by the rating panel.

    Note: Current career SES members, former career SES members with reinstatement eligibility, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates who have been certified by OPM, only need to submit a resume and narrative statement covering each of the PTQs and do NOT need to address the ECQs.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid work, 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. EducationThere is no higher-level education requirement for this position.How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.To be considered for this position, you must demonstrate in your application package that you meet the experience as defined under the "Qualifications" section; answer the questions about PTQs and ECQs; and submit a detailed resume that supports your responses to the PTQs, ECQs, and specialized experience. Your responses to the PTQs and ECQs and your 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.) Candidates will be evaluated by an executive rating panel based on the degree to which they meet the PTQs and ECQs, and in consideration of the applicant's education, work-related experience, training, awards, and professional recognition, as set forth in the materials submitted by the candidates and placed in one of the pre-defined quality categories. These categories are "Highly Qualified," "Well Qualified," and "Qualified." Candidates placed in the highest-quality category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

Keywords: Air Force Institute of Technology, Santa Clara , Silicon Valley Regional Director, Executive , Santa Clara, California

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