One Position: Virginia

Position: Librarian

Location: Patent and Trademark Office

Salary: $103,690 – $134,798

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJobs


The physical worksite for this position is located in Alexandria, Virginia. The physical worksite for this position is located in Alexandria, Virginia. This position is telework eligible.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is currently under Phase III due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This position is eligible for telework up to 4 days per week within 50 miles of the Alexandria campus and reports to USPTO’s Alexandria, VA headquarters for the remaining days in the week.

If selected for an interview, applicants are encouraged to discuss telework options and eligibility specific to the position in which they applied with the hiring manager.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. The USPTO will request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

The individual selected for this position will be able to:

  • Develops and delivers training, informational presentations and marketing programs for a variety of audiences;
  • Provide expert research and reference services to support the PTO library program; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of library automation systems and technology.


Conditions of Employment

Applicants 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 (

If selected, you may be required to complete a 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 Librarian Series, 1410.

Basic Educational Requirements:

  1. Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science from an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor’s degree;


  1. A total of at least 5 years of a combination of college-level education, training, and experience. To qualify on this basis, the applicant must establish conclusively that the education, training, and experience provided a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; a knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have all of the specialized experience listed below:

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.

For this position, the next lower grade level is a GS-12. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Experience providing assistance with research and reference services in science, technology, or the intellectual property field; and
  • Experience planning, designing and delivering presentations and informational products through a library setting to a variety of audiences; and
  • Experience analyzing and evaluating databases and websites to determine their effectiveness and informational accuracy in order to make meaningful recommendations for improvement.

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.


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 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.