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ProBoPat Administrator

Job Description
Organization: 
Mi Casa Resource Center
Organization Type: 
501(c)(3)
Job Location: 
Denver Metro
Type of Job: 
Part-time
Job Category: 
Administrative | Programs/Services | Other
Job Description: 

Mi Casa Resource Center is seeking a proactive individual with excellent communication skills, attention to detail and experience in patent legal services to join as ProBoPat Program Administrator.

The ProBoPat Program Administrator (PPA) will work closely with the USPTO, Mi Casa personnel, and the ProBoPat Steering Committee to administer the ProBoPat Program (“PBP Program”), to match low-income inventors (program participants) with patent attorney volunteers who provide pro bono patent legal services. The PPA is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the PBP Program, including cultivating relationships with inventor participants, attorney volunteers, the US Patent Office, and program supporters in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. This will include providing, collecting and screening application forms; determining participant eligibility for the PBP Program; maintaining a database of volunteers and participants; facilitating and documenting matches and engagements between volunteers and participants; generating and providing quarterly reports to the USPTO and the Steering Committee. The PPA will also be responsible for organizing and facilitating special events and projects in furtherance of ProBoPat.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Participant Interaction

  • Provides and accepts necessary forms to/from individuals seeking assistance from the PBP Program.
  • Screens participant applications seeking assistance to determine whether an applicant qualifies for the program.
  • Manages participant relationships to ensure appropriate placement in the PBP Program.

Operational Tasks

  • Manages volunteer patent practitioner relationships to facilitate appropriate placement of inventors.
  • Provides necessary forms for attorneys and/or patent agents registered to practice before the USPTO to participate in the PBP Program.
  • Screens forms received from volunteer patent practitioners to confirm the volunteer is registered to practice before the USPTO.
  • Maintains a database and relationships with the Volunteers.
  • Maintains a database of participants.
  • Facilitates matching of participants to one or more Volunteers.
  • Maintains database of engagements made between Volunteers and participants.
  • Attends/supports USPTO quarterly administrative conferences/meetings.
  • Generates report(s) to the USPTO and Steering Committee as required by various agreements.
  • Responds to correspondence related to the administration of the PBP Program.
  • Follows up with participants and Volunteers on all matters relating to the PBP Program.
  • Facilitates organization and coordination efforts for the PBP Program.
  • Represents the PBP Program, and Mi Casa, at outreach programs, and community events.

Other

  • Contributes to Business Pathways team effort by attending agency and business staff meetings.
  • Coordinates Mi Casa Resource Center’s Legal Clinic and follow up with participants.
  • Develops and manages legal practitioner database to assist participants on an ad hoc basis.
  • Completes additional duties as assigned.

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Self-motivated individual with the ability to proactively address challenges and obstacles
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interface and correspond well with the public
  • Passion for non-profit and community services
Areas of Responsibility

NA

Requirements/Qualifications
  • An associate degree or bachelor’s in law, business or a related field or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience is required.
  • 3 – 5 years overall administrative experience and/or legal experience.
  • Experience in patent legal services including familiarity with patent filing issues preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and strong organizational skills.
  • Strong computer proficiency; familiarity with spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation applications.
  • Experience creating and maintaining Excel-based spreadsheets and reports.
  • Experience in project administration and coordination.
Compensation/Benefits

This is a part time benefit eligible position with an hourly pay of $21.5 to $26.0 per hour.

MCRC provides a comprehensive group of benefits including an employer sponsored Medical, Dental & Vision benefits; employer paid Life, Short Term & Long Term Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, paid time off (based on PT hours) and a retirement plan match.

How To Apply

Mi Casa Resource Center is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested persons should email a cover letter and resume to jobs@MiCasaResourceCenter.org by October 1, 2020. Interviews may occur as qualified candidates apply.

WHO WE ARE
Mi Casa Resource Center is committed to advancing the economic success of families with limited opportunities through a holistic, individualized, and integrated model for service delivery. For over 40 years, we have provided award-winning workforce, small business, and youth development programs throughout Metro Denver. We partner with some of the area’s most respected organizations to provide a mix of economic and educational advancement services to assist families on their path to economic success.

Mi Casa’s suite of business services enables aspiring entrepreneurs – especially women and minorities – access to training, counseling, microloans and technology training. As Colorado’s only Women’s Business Center (WBC), Mi Casa partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration to start and grow small businesses in low-income communities. Mi Casa also administers a pro bono patent program (ProBoPat), in cooperation with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Colorado Bar Association (CBA), to provide referrals to pro bono patent legal services to low-income inventors who qualify for the program.

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