Offices, Boards and Divisions Director, Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation Branch (Career SES) in Washington, District Of Columbia

Offices, Boards and Divisions
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 9/23/2016 (28 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!

The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees.

The Director of the Intellectual Property Staff, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position within the U.S. Department of Justice. Within the Commercial Litigation Branch (CLB), the Intellectual Property (IP) Staff represents the government in a variety of cases involving patents, copyrights, and trademarks. A major portion of the IP Staff's work involves defending actions for patent and copyright infringement brought in the Court of Federal Claims, as well as handling appeals of those cases to the Federal Circuit. In addition, the IP Staff personally handles both affirmative and defensive trademark infringement actions brought in district court and handles appeals of those actions to regional circuits, as needed.


The incumbent serves as Director of the IP staff:

  1. Supervises and directs the work of the attorney personnel assigned to his/her organizational and functional area (s). Includes the assignment and distribution of work among the attorneys, the review and approval of pleadings, briefs and other papers filed with the courts, and the counseling of attorneys concerning approaches and strategies to be followed in preparing for or presenting a case. Confers with and directs the Deputy Director, Assistant Directors and attorneys concerning all aspects of their work and performs both official and informal performance appraisals, as well as review of performance appraisals. Advises and consults with the staff on new program orientations or directives and ensures that adequate resources will be avail­ able for implementation. Evaluates organizational structures and makes necessary changes based on new caseload requirements or policy directives.

  2. Personally prepares and argues the most difficult and precedent-setting cases falling within his/her jurisdiction.

  3. Analyzes and reviews proposed and pending legislation which may affect the work of the unit or which is in any way related to its responsibilities. Comments on and makes recommendations to revise, support, or oppose such legislation and assists in formulating the Department's position concerning same. Consults on, and serves as, a subject matter expert for treaties and trade agreements that concern intellectual property.

  4. Represents the Assistant Attorney General to the officials and judges of the applicable courts in connection with all matters relating to his/her specialized areas, the Branch's and, often, the Division's business with the court. Also represents the Division on various interdepartmental committees or activities with respect to related matters and in dealing with counsel for litigants or others, including members of Congress.

  5. Serves as a consultant to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General on matters concerning his/her areas of responsibility. Participates in the formulation and implementation of new policies or organizational changes having an impact on the Branch and the Division. Advises on significant cases and their impact/ramifications concerning his/her areas, the Branch and the Division.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel is required to litigate cases personally handled by the incumbent and for other mission related activities.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • You may be subjected to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • Dual citizenship will be considered on a case-by-casy basis.

Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Qualifications include both general management skills and characteristics that are applicable to all SES positions and technical or program responsibilities specific to this position. Applicants must have a substantive general experience which provides a good basic or general knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive specialized (operating, administrative or managerial) experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

A panel of senior executives will distinguish the best-qualified candidates from other applicants based on a review of each applicant's ECQs, as appropriate, and PTQs. Failure to meet all qualification requirements automatically disqualifies an applicant. Eligibility for this position will be based upon a clear showing that the applicant has experience, knowledge, skill, and ability of the scope and quality sufficient to effectively carry out the assignments of the position. If you are tentatively selected for appointment to this SES position, your ECQs must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).



The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

Other Information

Other Information:

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

One year probationary period may be required.

You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test before you can be appointed to this position.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed to this position.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278. You will need to provide the information annually.

For more information about the Civil Division visit the Justice Department web site at: http://www.usdoj/civilindex.html

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EEO Statement:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

Salary Range: $123,175.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: ES-0905-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 443728400

Job Announcement Number: 2016-DIR-CLB-IP