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PRA provides a variety of employment opportunities in various fields related to behavioral health systems change, including research, technical assistance, logistics, and writing. Our company culture is rooted in a strong work-life balance, and we are proud to offer competitive salaries, rich benefits, and a supportive work environment. Some of our employee perks include:

  • Charitable giving matches
  • Day of Reflection opportunity
  • Employer-subsidized healthcare
  • Frequent traveler benefits
  • Generous vacation time
  • Staff luncheons
  • Tuition reimbursements
  • Wellness reimbursements

By fostering a culture of wellness and inclusion, we’ve created a supportive, diverse community of peers. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and a recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or Veteran status.

View our Year in Review to learn more about what it is like to work at PRA.

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  • Communications Intern

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a part-time Communications Intern focused on publication and social media campaign management to support a variety of projects related to juvenile and criminal justice; services for children, adolescents, and their families; recovery supports; service members and veterans; homelessness and housing; wellness; and violence.

    A leader in the behavioral health and human services field for nearly 30 years, PRA is a women-owned small business funded by federal and state agencies, national organizations, and foundations. PRA conducts research and evaluation; provides technical assistance and training; and plans and facilitates major conferences, meetings, and other knowledge-transfer activities in the behavioral health field.

    Description of the Position

    The successful candidate will support the Communications team in the development and implementation of a broad communications strategy. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work across PRA projects in a variety of communications and marketing capacities, primarily in content development, social media management, and website development. This position reports to the Senior Communications Specialist and the incumbent will collaborate with the Communications Specialists, project staff, and the IT Specialist. Responsibilities may include:

    • Developing an annual communications strategy, in accordance with project and broader firm goals
    • Developing, editing, and scheduling social media content across the projects and the firm’s social media platforms
    • Designing, writing, and/or editing short briefs for publication
    • Producing podcast series on a variety of topics related to human services
    • Enhancing website accessibility and user experience

     Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or related field, completed or in progress
    • Experience in social media strategy, development, and production
    • Experience with website content management systems, especially Drupal
    • Experience in managing corporate social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube blogs, etc.)
    • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office products, website and electronic media development products, Adobe Creative Suite products, and virtual meeting technology
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, creativity, and ability to work within timelines
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Knowledge and/or significant interest in any of the following fields a plus: behavioral health issues; juvenile or criminal justice; homelessness; housing or disability services/benefits; service members and veterans; and wellness

    We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, a 2018 recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association Silver Level Recognition award winner for Workplace Health Achievement.

    To be considered for this position, candidates must complete a short survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/eeMey0, and send a cover letter (indicating position title) with link to a portfolio if available, resume and writing sample (1500 words maximum), to email hidden; JavaScript is required, Policy Research Associates, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054.

  • IT Intern

    Background

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), a leader in the behavioral health and human services field for 30 years, is a small woman-owned business located in Delmar, NY.  Funded by federal and state agencies, national organizations, and foundations, PRA conducts research and evaluation; provides technical assistance and training; and plans and facilitates major conferences, meetings, and other knowledge-transfer activities in the behavioral health field.  

    Description of the Position

    PRA is seeking to fill an IT Internship position with flexible, part-time hours for the Winter/Spring 2020 semesterDuties may include a variety of IT tasks, such as: 

    • Assist staff with desktop support issues relating to Windows 10  
    • Assist in and perform maintenance of computer network 
    • Test and modify vendor-supplied operating systems and the associated configurations as needed 
    • Review and implement network configuration changes 
    • Work on back end and front end systems 
    • Proactively identify potential issues and help recommend potential solutions 

    Qualifications:

    • College coursework in IT, telecommunications, computer science, or related field 
    • Experience with HTML and website content management systems, especially Drupal, required 
    • Knowledge of Microsoft products including Server 2008/2012/2016, Active Directory, Office 365 and SharePoint 
    • Familiarity with VMware ESXi, Citrix XenApp, Azure 
    • Ability to work independently and with others 
    • Excellent communication, organizational and multi-tasking skills 
    • Willingness to learn new skills and methodologies 
    • Ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner

    We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, a 2018 recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association Silver Level Recognition award winner for Workplace Health Achievement. 

    To be considered for this position, candidates must complete a brief survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/mN2f18  and send a cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research Associates, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 via email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fax to (518) 439-7612. 

  • Logistics Internship

    Background  

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), a leader in the behavioral health and human services field for 30 years, is a small, woman-owned business located in Delmar, NY.  Funded by federal and state agencies, national organizations, and foundations, PRA conducts research and evaluation; provides technical assistance and training; and plans and facilitates major conferences, meetings, and other knowledge-transfer activities in the behavioral health field.    

    Description of the Internship 

    PRA is seeking to fill a Logistics Internship position for the winter/spring semester of 2020. Duties will include coordination and confirmations for conference registrations, travel arrangements, room block registration lists, and other logistics tasks for meetings and conferences. The intern will be assisting the Logistics Coordinator with the travel process and reimbursement for travelers along with other accounting-related tasks. High-level supervision/mentorship will be provided.  

    Desired Start Date: January 2020 

    Schedule: Flexible and will vary, hours may range from 10 to 35 hours per week 

    Requirements  

    • Enrolled in a two-year or four-year hospitality, tourism, hotel administration, event management, or related program (preferred) 
    • Experience with basic meeting logistics, understanding of timelines and requirements for meeting management 
    • Interest in corporate travel and gaining a better understanding of corporate travel and reimbursement 
    • Computer proficiency in accounting software and Microsoft applications with strong working knowledge of Excel preferred 
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work within timelines   
    • Excellent communication and problem solving skills 

    We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, a 2018 recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association Silver Level Recognition award winner for Workplace Health Achievement. 

    To be considered for this position, candidates must complete a brief candidate survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/HaC4or and send cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research Associates, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 via email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fax to (518) 439-7612. 

  • Grants and Contracts Position

    Policy Research Associates (PRA) is seeking an individual to assist with Grants and Contracts in its Operations Area (full-time preferred, will consider part-time).  A woman-owned small business located in Delmar, NY, PRA is funded by federal and state agencies, national organizations, and foundations to support major national surveys; conduct research and evaluation; provide technical assistance and training; and plan and facilitate major conferences, meetings, and other knowledge-transfer activities in the behavioral health field.

    Excel experience is a must for this position. Accounting background and familiarity with government contracting are preferred. This position is a wonderful opportunity to take the skills you already possess and apply them to the administration of the amazing grants and contracts awarded to PRA and in the process, be part of a team that helps individuals with behavioral health needs achieve recovery.

    Working closely with the VP for Operations, current Grants and Contracts Specialists, Accounting staff, and Program Area Directors, the person in this position will be responsible for all aspects of pre- and post-award administration.

    Responsibilities:

    • Solicitation review and proposal preparation and submission
    • Budget development and management (reconciliation and cost projections)
    • Participate in and be a major contributor to regular contract quality review meetings
    • Coordination of subcontracts and consultant agreements
    • Maintaining the contract records

    Qualifications:

    • Excel expertise and familiarity with other Microsoft Office software
    • Knowledge of budgeting
    • Government contracting experience/knowledge of policies and regulations a plus
    • Accounting system experience also a plus, JAMIS software preferred
    • Ability to work independently and with others; analytical thinker; strong attention to details
    • Excellent communication, organizational, and multi-tasking skills

    In addition to a competitive salary, PRA offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision care, 401k and employer-contributed retirement, student loan assistance, tuition reimbursement, wellness programs, and casual work attire. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, a 2018 recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association Silver Level Recognition award winner for Workplace Health Achievement.

    To be considered for this position, candidates must complete a brief PRA Candidate Survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/COUKVW and send a cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research Associates, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 via email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fax to (518) 439-7612.

  • Internship

    Background

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), a leader in the behavioral health and human services field for over 25 years, is a small business located in Delmar, NY.  Funded by federal and state agencies, national organizations, and foundations, PRA conducts research and evaluation; provides technical assistance and training; and plans and facilitates major conferences, meetings, and other knowledge-transfer activities in the behavioral health field. PRA is known for its expertise on behavioral health issues related to juvenile and criminal justice; co-occurring substance use disorders; services for children, adolescents, and their families; recovery supports; service members and veterans; homelessness and housing; and violence.

    Description of the Internship

    PRA is always interested in hearing from qualified candidates interested in pursuing an internship. The internships typically involve various project tasks in several topical areas, including criminal justice, juvenile justice, recovery supports, and operations.  High-level supervision/mentorship is provided for these internships.

    Requirements

    • Undergraduate or graduate level student in a relevant policy or public health oriented degree program (e.g., sociology, psychology, criminal justice, public health, public policy);
    • Some experience, knowledge and/or significant interest in behavioral health issues, recovery supports, criminal justice, and/or juvenile justice;
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work within timelines; and
    • Excellent writing skills.

    If interested please send cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research Associates, 345 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054, fax to 518-439-7612 or email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

    PRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and was selected the Times Union #1 “Top Workplace” for 2018.