Attorney Advisor, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of the Chief Counsel
Research and Innovative Technology Administration

(Subject to Availability of Funds and FTEs to Fill the Position)

Position Title: Attorney Advisor, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation

Grade: GS-905-14/15

Salary Range: GS-14: $105,211 – $136,771 and GS-15: $123,758 – $155,500

Overview of the Office: The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) seeks an enterprising attorney to coordinate Departmental activities related to intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing), technology transfer and cooperative research and development agreements. The attorney will provide advice on intellectual property policy and develop recommendations for transfer of technology throughout the Department of Transportation. The attorney coordinates creation and enforcement of intellectual property rights to protect the public’s rights to intellectual property developed by the Department. The attorney is expected to represent the Department in the community of federal intellectual property practitioners and foster relationships with USPTO, DARPA, ARPA-E, NASA and other innovative federal agencies.

The attorney works under the direction of the Chief Counsel. The attorney is a member of the patent bar or has a similar level of accreditation.

Summary of Duties: The attorney performs a wide array of legal services that involve complex legal and policy questions. Duties include: (1) preparing patent applications, developing licensing agreements and undertaking compliance activities to protect intellectual property rights and facilitate technology transfer, (2) coordinating departmental compliance with patent, trademark and copyright laws, (3) working closely with the Department’s labs and research centers to identify and protect rights to emerging technologies for the public, (4) keeping current on Federal laws and regulations that affect the major functions of the office in order to propose changes to agency policy and to furnish proper advice on them, including DOT appropriations acts, OMB Circulars, Comptroller General decisions, and other sources of Departmental policy and Federal law, (5) providing legal advice and guidance in the implementation of new programs enacted by Congress that implicate Departmental intellectual property concerns, (6) providing legal advice and guidance on intellectual property proposals that Congress or other authorities are considering, (7) providing legal advice and guidance on the implementation of the University Transportation Centers program and the Intelligent Transportation Systems program, (8) providing legal advice and guidance on intellectual property to the Directors of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Volpe Center, the PNT Office, and the Transportation Safety Institute within RITA, and (9) providing legal advice and guidance on intellectual property to the other Operating Administrations within the Department.

Selection Criteria: Applicants must hold a J.D. degree from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing in the bar of a State, a territory of the U.S. or the District of Columbia.

The position requires strong managerial, leadership, and inter-personal skills. It also requires excellent negotiating, analytical, writing, editing, and oral presentation and advocacy skills. The applicant must be able to work successfully with individuals from diverse backgrounds and must be able to handle multiple projects and issues simultaneously and in a timely manner. A background in technology or transportation law is a plus, but is not required. The applicant is required to have significant experience in intellectual property law.

Areas of Consideration: Position is open to all sources. This is an Excepted Service position. This job will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service. All applicants currently employed by the Federal government must be eligible for a GS 14 or 15 position by September 2012. All applicants that are not currently employed by the Federal government must have at least 5 years of experience practicing law. The applicant selected for this position is subject to a two year probationary period.

Application Package: The application package must include your (1) resume, (2) writing sample (preferably no longer than 10 pages), (3) performance appraisals for the last two years if available, and (4) three references.
Contact: You may apply by sending the required application materials to Linda Riggins, RITA, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, E35¬¬¬-111, Washington, DC 20590, email:, telephone: 202-366-0277.

Closing Date: Please submit your application package by August 10, 2012.