Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />Employee will be assigned to the Technology Transfer Program, Office of Research and Development at the Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />This position involves a <strong>multi-grade career ladder</strong>. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS14. At the GS13 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS14. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.<br /><br />Employee will be assigned to the Technology Transfer Program, Office of Research and Development at the Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC.<br /><br />Duties include, but may not be limited to the following: <ul> <li>Utilizes knowledge in biomedical technologies, knowledge of industry needs and practices, working with industrial, academic, and federal scientists to; identify potentially patentable inventions that result from work performed at the VA; develop and implement marketing plans to identify prospective industry development partners for VA owned inventions; use a variety of resources to analyze business practices and financials of interested prospective business partners; use analysis results together with knowledge of industry needs and practices to develop negotiating strategies for the negotiation of business terms, including product development objectives and financial terms for the licensure of VA owned inventions; lead negotiations for patent licensing agreements, with legal assistance of the Office of General Counsel (OGC); monitor the activities of licenses after the execution of licenses, to ensure compliance with license provisions, adequate development progress, and proper payments to VA; and negotiate amendments to existing patent licensing agreements when justified by circumstance.</li> <li>Advises VA's non-profit corporations (NPC) and OGC in originating and drafting business and paten terms for complex Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAS).</li> <li>Manages agreements assigned to the portfolio; and develops and conducts educational programs designed to train staff about technology transfer issues such as invention disclosures, patents, licensing, etc.</li> <li>Advises investigators and administrators in VA medical centers and Office of Research and Development, on matters involving both domestic and foreign patent rights, policies and procedures.</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>Work Schedule:</strong> Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm.<br /> <strong>Recruitment & Relocation Incentives:</strong> Not authorized<br /> <strong>Financial Disclosure Report:</strong> Not Required <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required for site visits to VA Medical Centers.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job</li> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>May be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT</strong> – Applicants must possess a Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree with major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained. (<strong>TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED</strong>)<br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE-GS13</strong>: In addition to meeting the above requirement, applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of biomedical industry business practices (research and development goal setting, commercialization practices, etc.); developing and implementing business strategies for the licensing of patents; guiding researchers in identifying potentially patentable inventions; negotiating complex research and development agreements and intellectual property licenses; proposing and developing policy related to transfer technology; and serving as a liaison.<br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE-GS14</strong>: In addition to meeting the above requirement, applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of biomedical industry business practices (research and development goal setting, commercialization practices, etc.); developing and implementing business strategies for the licensing of patents; guiding researchers in identifying potentially patentable inventions; negotiating complex research and development agreements and intellectual property licenses; proposing and developing policy related to transfer technology; serving as a liaison; and advising inventors on patent matters.<br /><br />You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:<br /> <ul><li>Analysis and Problem Solving</li><li>Analytical Thinking</li><li>Legal, Government and Jurisprudence</li><li>Technical Competence</li></ul><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT:</strong> A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ . <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT:</strong> A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br />There is no educational substitution at this grade level.<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http: ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Physical Requirements:</strong> The work involves mostly office posture, entailing long periods of sitting in one position, intense concentration, and job-related pressure to meet critical legal deadlines. The position's work, while primarily sedentary, requires some walking, standing, bending and carrying of items such as papers, books and files, but normally places few physical demands on the employee. The position also includes occasionally, the physical ability to meet with scientists and other staff including travel to and from VA Medical Centers and prospective licensees.<br /><br /><strong>Telework:</strong> VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.<br /><br /><strong>Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: </strong>Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.<br /><br /><strong>Special Employment Consideration:</strong> VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (844) 456-5208.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br /><strong>Veterans and Transitioning Service Members:</strong> Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.<br /><br /><strong>The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)</strong> provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .<br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong> IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC . WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).</strong><br /><br />Your responses to the assessment questionnaire will be reviewed along with the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you are qualified for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.<br /><br />Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens announcements will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows: <ul> <li>Best qualified – applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;</li> <li>Highly qualified – applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;</li> <li>Well qualified – applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and</li> <li>Qualified – applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.</li> </ul> <strong>Application of Veterans' Preference</strong>: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible applicants that meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category (except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher). <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)</strong><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /> <ul><li>Resume</li></ul><br /><br />The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).<br /> <ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214/ Statement of Service</li><li>Disability Letter (VA)</li><li>OF-306</li><li>Other (1)</li><li>Other (2)</li><li>Resume</li><li>Separation Notice (RIF)</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference: </strong>When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. <strong>Documentation is required to award preference. </strong>For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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