Silicon Valley Regional Director
Company: Air Force Institute of Technology
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: January 26, 2023
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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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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,
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or a National.
- Background and/or Security investigation, if selected for
- 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
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.
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
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:
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
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
Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to
manage human, financial and information resources
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
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
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
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