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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 Office of the Chief Communications Officer (OCCO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The OCCO is responsible for all aspects of the agency’s public affairs and communication outreach activities. This position is established to provide information to the public and the media on a variety of services and programs offered by the USPTO. The incumbent serves as a junior Public Affairs Specialist.
- A probationary period may be required
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
This position is also being announced under the USPTO’s Delegated Examining Program, the Job Announcement Number is CCO-2017-0010. Please review that announcement to determine if you are eligible for consideration under the Delegated Examining Promotion Program.
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The individual selected for this Public Affairs Specialist position will…
- Contribute to the authorship as a writer and editor of a wide variety of written materials (news releases, speeches, talking points, blog posts and other social media posts) for distribution and presentation to the news media, USPTO stakeholders and the general public.
- Identify the public’s information needs and develop materials that will communicate agency programs to the public at varying levels of comprehensiveness and detail.
- Support the design and implementation of comprehensive, nationwide campaigns to convey information about USPTO programs and initiatives to a variety of internal and external audiences.
- Gather, analyze, and present information for use by higher level specialists in developing communication plans.
- Interact with various members of the media and public with often conflicting and divergent points of view.
- Develop, manipulate, and maintain an extensive list of media contacts in an electronic database.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Applications will be accepted from current Federal employees serving on career or career-conditional appointment in the Competitive Service, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, persons eligible under special hiring authorities including Schedule A and VEOA, and CTAP/ICTAP eligible candidates in the local commuting area.
Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.