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Job opening: Trademark Administrative Specialist

Salary: $64 957 - 102 166 per year
Published at: Sep 19 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located in the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks. The incumbent will participate in the day-to-day administrative management of the division's programs by performing a variety of administrative and logistical support functions of a confidential, sensitive nature encompassing all areas of Trademark programs, goals, and objectives, and in the overall office management for the supervisor and/or staff in connection with the accomplishment of assigned functions.


The physical worksite for this position is located in Alexandria, Virginia. This position is telework eligible per agency and business unit discretion/policy. This position is located in the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks, Trademark Organizations (Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Administration). This role is the ideal next career step for you if:


  • Applications will only be accepted from United States Citizens and Nationals.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related competencies.
  • 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 (www.sss.gov).
  • If selected, you may be required to complete an one year probationary period.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
  • Suitable for Federal Employment


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. OPM Qualifications Standards are available at OPM Website. Miscellaneous Administration and Program Series, 0301 Specialized Experienceis experience that has equipped applicants with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform 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 in the federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: To qualify for this position at the GS-09 level, you must possess at least one (1) year of Specialized experience equivalent at the GS-07 grade. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) Experience utilizing qualitative and/or quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of program effectiveness. (2) Experience planning, coordinating and prioritizing work to ensure timely completion of work assignments. (3) Experience utilizing oral and written to effectively work internal and external stakeholders. To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level, you must possess at least one (1) year of Specialized experience equivalent at the GS-09 grade. Specialized experience is defined as: (1) Experience training and developing new clerical support staff in office procedures and policies. (2) Experience utilizing oral and written communication skills to effectively work internal and external stakeholders. (3) Experience setting goals and deadlines, supervising, training, and assigning work to subordinate staff. 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 be substituted at the GS-09 under the following criteria: GS-09:

  • Master's or equivalent graduate degree; Or
  • 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; Or
  • LL.B, LL.M., or J.D., if related.

Education may be substituted for specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level as follows: GS-11:

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; Or
  • 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; Or
  • LL.M., if related; Or
  • Equivalent combination of qualifying graduate education and experience.

If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - US Department of Education. Another listing of services that can perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

NOTE: Only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be considered. Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


  • Address TMCO-Commissioner for Trademarks Office of Human Resources Mail Stop 171 P.O. Box 1450 Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 US
  • Name: Asia Smoak-Booker
  • Phone: 571-270-5881
  • Email: [email protected]


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