SME I or II Washington, D.C. - RCS Corporation

SME I or II Washington, D.C.

Engineering Information Technology Scientist

Job Type: Contract
Posted: 01/13/2022

Washington, District Of Columbia

RCS has an immediate need for Subject Matter Experts, levels I, II, and III located in Washington, D.C. These are full-time two-three year contract assignments supporting a project with the Department of Homeland Security. Local candidates are preferred.

Who We Are

RCS Corporation is a certified Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) specializing in the recruitment of professionals for best-of-class companies throughout the United States.  Since 1994, RCS recruits top talent for direct hire, temp-to-perm and contract staffing positions and provides customized payroll services. Our Recruiting Specialties consist of all Engineering Disciplines, Project Management, Project Controls, Information Technology, Energy Efficiency and Business Professionals.

Job Summary

A SME provides insight and advice concerning strategic direction and applicability of current, industry standard or innovative solutions based on in-depth understanding of the latest developments relevant to a specialized functional area. Responsible for providing high level vision to program/project manager or senior leadership to influence objectives of complex efforts. Provides guidance on the functional procedures/processes/policies reflecting detailed knowledge of functional areas. May lead in-depth research in support of studies and analyses.

Technology Center Division (TCD) 

The contractor shall provide Technology and Engineering Transition Subject Matter Expertise services to support TCD. The contractor shall provide general scientific and engineering expertise to support S&T’s ongoing analysis of the application of emerging technologies to the homeland security mission. The contractor shall facilitate the development of transition plans, identify transition strategies and pathways for technology transition, track and evaluate transition measures and metrics of DHS projects, support the development and improvement of transition program processes and artifacts, support transition training and education objectives, lead transition data calls. facilitate meetings and coordinate transition activities with key stakeholders, and assist in the development of program reviews, including strategic goals and metrics.

These tasks shall also include, but are not limited to:

  • The contractor shall identify and analyze a broad spectrum of emerging technologies and scientific advancements to determine applicability to the breadth of homeland security operations.

  • The contractor shall develop written products (often in the form of whitepapers) for TCD on the applications and/or risks of emerging technologies.

  • The contractor shall assist TCD in coordinating and facilitating research on a variety of cutting edge scientific techniques and methods. Interprets technical reports on various research, development, methods, techniques, and tools.

  • The contractor shall identify ongoing related research and development projects within DHS component organizations to ensure awareness of potentially fruitful areas for new and additional research and development projects.

  • The contractor shall review research and technical literature and databases; developing and furthering contacts with individuals and group in academia, scientific conferences, universities, high tech industries and professional associations; and acquiring knowledge of research and development capabilities within external government and industry organizations to allow S&T awareness of potential avenues for partnership.

Office of Science and Engineering (OSE)

The contractor shall provide subject matter expertise support services to support OSE. The contractor shall analyze acquisition financial information flows; operate financial systems; perform special studies; and report results to improve the overall operational and financial effectiveness for the Office. Assist in the development and maintenance of spend plans; and guard against, identify and report irregularities in budget executions and report on their strategic impact to the organization.

These tasks shall also include, but are not limited to:

  • As part of the DHS and S&T’s annual performance improvement process, OSE has developed performance measures that must be tracked and reported on.

  • The contractor shall provide assistance to ensure realistic technical considerations and measurable metrics are incorporated into initial planning and execution.

  • The contractor shall develop a feedback mechanism and develop a compliance process to ensure that all OSE activities and missions are meeting OSE objectives and aligned to the OSE strategy.

  • The contractor will provide assistance to OSE in collecting and compiling measures. Each year OSE has an opportunity to review the current performance measures to determine if the measures reflect their future goals, the contractor shall support OSE with a recommendation on measures OSE must retain, retire or modify. The contractor shall also have an opportunity to propose new measures.

  • The contractor shall support the Government staff by conducting analyses of existing organizational budget planning processes (inputs, processing, approvals, outputs, documentation) and make recommendations to support the establishment and operation of a more efficient and structured cyclical budgeting, planning and execution process;

  • The contractor shall support the Government staff in tracking the commitment and obligation status of each PR package for all project areas using existing online systems, spreadsheets, and system reports. Contractor will be provided access to the necessary systems;

  • The contractor shall support the Government staff with drafting and processing change requests for projects to include suggested changes to scope, schedule, funding, and closeout.


Required Qualifications:

  • SME I- Advanced Degree or such equivalent credits/certifications + 5 years of relevant experience or 10 years of relevant experience (Candidate with degree is preferred)

  • SME II -Advanced Degree or such equivalent credits/certifications + 10 years of relevant experience or 15 years of relevant experience (Candidate with degree is preferred)

  • SME III: Advanced Degree or such equivalent credits/certifications + 15 years of relevant experience or 20 years of relevant experience (Candidate with degree is preferred)

  • Experience with ServiceNow, as the position will work to define workflows, extract and define requirements to be given to ServiceNow developers.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as this position is client facing.

  • Science/Engineering degree highly preferred

  •  Experience supporting government projects, especially with the DHS. 


RCS is an equal opportunity employer that prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. RCS recruits, hires, and promotes for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, disability, military status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, genetic information or age. All terms and conditions of employment such as compensation, benefits, work assignment, availability of facilities and privileges of employment are administered on the same basis of equality.
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