Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Security Clearance Required:
- All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite, subject to successful completion of probationary period
We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
The work schedule for this position is:
Full Time (40 hours per week)
Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Basic Function of the Position:
The incumbent will provide a full range of Foreign Commercial Service (FCS)/ United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) paralegal and administrative services to U.S. and host country businesses. S/he will report to the Commercial Officer (IPR) through the Commercial Specialist (IPR) and will be responsible for promoting high standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement at both national and regional levels. S/he will monitor and report opportunities to do outreach in intellectual property; plan, organize, implement, and support intellectual property events; perform paralegal duties, including researching and analyzing IPR laws, court decisions, and news in India and across South Asia; review intellectual property laws and draft research reports; and serve on FCS teams. S/he will contribute to the IPR toolkit through research on current events and laws, update the mission and USPTO websites and prepare written reports. S/he will maintain close working relationships with a wide range of working- to middle-level industry, trade association, and government contacts in the United States and host country to gather information, find opportunities, and advocate for higher standards of intellectual property protection. S/he will assist host country firms with information on intellectual property; draft and translate speeches for the Commercial Officer for Intellectual Property; provide support for official U.S. visitors; maintain client records in CMS; and provide guidance to contractors.
In support of U.S. exports and trade objectives in India, the incumbent will also serve as a back-up to the Budget/ Administrative Assistant at the Patent and Trademark Office at New Delhi. The incumbent will assist and advise the Supervisor - IPR Specialist and the American Officer to plan and implement a wide spectrum of personnel, administrative, operational, program, and financial aspects of the PTO India program. The incumbent will also perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Four years of experience in law, business, government, or NGOs in the fields of intellectual property, marketing, trade promotion, economics, or international trade is required.
(Describe your previous and current job responsibilities in detail on the Education and Experience tab.)
Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Economics, Marketing, Management, Business Administration, International Trade, or Law is required.
Indicate on the qualifications questionnaire your highest level of education. (Your answer will let us know if you have completed Class X or XII or any other degree/vocational courses. Also, please specify the name of the Certificate/Degree/Diploma course and the major subjects for each qualification you possess.)
Please see the Language requirements listed under Evaluations. Please indicate your proficiency level separately for each of the required languages, using one of the following levels:
Level 1, Basic - Examples:
Basic greetings, phrases, numbers and signs.
Level 2, Limited - Examples:
Directions, simple questions
Level 3, Good working knowledge - Examples:
Conversations about familiar topics, complex documents
Level 4, Fluent - Examples:
Infer nuanced meaning from complex documents
Level 5, Translator - Examples:
Certified professional translator in this language
Level 4 (Fluent) in English (Reading, Writing, and Speaking) is required. This may be tested.
Level 3 (Good Working Knowledge) in Hindi (Reading, Writing, and Speaking) is required.
(Please indicate on the qualifications questionnaire whether you have these required levels.)
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):
The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.
All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.
Benefits and Other Info
Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in New Delhi, India may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.
The pay plan is assigned at the time the conditional offer letter is issued by the HR Office.
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:
Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.
HIRING PREFERENCE ORDER:
AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
AEFM / USEFM
FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **
- IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.
** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.
For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.