The United States government is a massive employer, and is always looking for qualified candidates to fill a wide variety of open employment positions in locations across the country. Below you’ll find a Qualification Summary for an active, open job listing from the Department of Commerce. The opening is for a Design Patent Examiner in Alexandria, Virginia Feel free to browse this and any other job listings and reach out to us with any questions!
Design Patent Examiner – Alexandria, Virginia
Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce
Job ID: 632046Start Date: 10/28/2022End Date: 06/08/2023
You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) qualification requirements for the advertised position: Design Patent Examining, 1226, https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1200/design-patent-examining-series-1226/ OPM’s prescribed Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions can be found at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for this position, you must have either:(A) Degree (BA/BS) in industrial design, product design, architecture, applied arts, graphic design, fine/studio arts or art teacher education OR courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines; -OR- (B) a combination of related courses totaling at least at least 20 semester hours in industrial design, product design, architecture, applied arts, graphic design, fine/studio arts, or art teacher education, plus appropriate experience or additional education; -OR- (C) four years of experience in the field of industrial design, product design, architecture, applied arts, graphic design, fine/studio arts, or art teacher education that demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the field involved in the position to be filled equivalent to that which would have been obtained through successful completion of a full 4-year degree. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions. ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (In addition to the BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS) For the GS-07: In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify: A) Superior Academic Achievement (SAA). This can be defined by one of the following: 1) Class standing-Upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision based on completed courses. 2) Grade point average (GPA) as recorded on the final transcript- i) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better) as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or ii) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. The GPA is rounded to one decimal place. (2.95 = 3.0 and 2.94 = 2.9). The final transcript must cover the period being used to determine the GPA. 3) Honor Society membership–Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. Click here for a list of qualified honor societies. B) Have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service in art involving areas such as industrial design, product design, architecture, applied arts, graphic design, fine/studio arts, and art teacher education. OR C) Have at least one year of graduate level education from an accredited college and/or university in the fields of study as described in the Basic Qualification Requirements. If the number of credit hours representing one year of full-time study cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study. OR D) Have less than the full amount of graduate education as described in “C” above and less than the amount of experience described in “B” above, but have a combination “B” and “C” above. For documentation requirements, see REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. 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.
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