Employment

Our Values: Doing good work at a fun place with a hard-working bunch to make a difference

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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. PRA is committed to supporting equity and respect for all persons, eliminating discrimination in all forms, and creating a work environment that is inclusive of all cultures, viewpoints, and experiences. We strive to create a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to PRA’s success. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and a recipient of the 2013 and 2018 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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  • Senior Project Associate—Criminal Justice

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Senior Project Associate to provide subject matter expertise and support across multiple federally and private foundation-funded projects, collectively designed to expand access to community-based behavioral health and support services for adults diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact within the criminal justice system. The ideal candidate for this position will possess significant clinical and programmatic expertise in substance use and co-occurring disorder treatment and associated policy and systems-level issues for this population. Further, while we will consider applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, an advanced degree (i.e., master’s or doctorate) is highly preferred.  

    The successful candidate for this position will function as an integral part of a team that provides technical assistance and support to leadership and professionals working in the fields of behavioral health and criminal justice. Depending on the circumstances of the successful applicant, this position may be based either in PRA’s offices in Delmar, NY, or remotely subject to PRA’s remote employee/telework policy. 

    Specific responsibilities will include: 

    • Technical writing  
    • Providing training and technical assistance, both onsite and virtually 
    • Using multi-media techniques and innovative technology to deliver training and technical assistance virtually 
    • Meeting planning/facilitation 
    • Project coordination and task management 

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field, advanced degree highly preferred 
    • Background in criminal justice field/policy required 
    • Significant experience in substance use disorder treatment and policy, particularly as related to justice-involved populations 
    • Previous project management experience is desired, with experience overseeing multiple tasks/priorities 
    • Experience providing training and technical assistance to individuals, agencies, communities, states, and/or federal entities on the requisite core topics  
    • Experience with meeting planning/facilitation and use of innovative media/technology desired 
    • Excellent writing and oral communication skills required, experience with technical writing for professional audiences is preferred 
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work within timelines and to accomplish multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment  
    • Some travel required 

    To be considered for this position, candidates must complete a brief survey at https://pra.typeform.com/to/AMEsR1up and send a cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research Associates, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, email toemail hidden; JavaScript is required(preferred) or fax to (518) 439-7612. 

    Salary and level of position are commensurate with candidate experience. The position is a full-time, immediate opening with a competitive salary and excellent 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 recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association Silver Level Recognition award winner for Workplace Health Achievement. 

    PRA, a leader in the behavioral health and human services field for over 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. PRA is known for its expertise on behavioral health issues related to juvenile and criminal justice; services for children, adolescents, and their families; recovery supports; service members and veterans; homelessness and housing; and violence. 

  • Bookkeeper II

    Description of the Position

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a detail-oriented Bookkeeper to be an integral part of a small accounting team. The primary responsibilities will be to process accounts payable invoices, record customer payments, and generate customer bills. Other duties will include filing and maintaining other financial records in Excel or the company’s accounting system.

    Requirements

    • Minimum of one year experience, two years preferred; 
    • Knowledge of accounting principles and practices and administrative procedures;  
    • Computer proficiency in accounting software and Microsoft applications with a strong working knowledge of Excel a must; 
    • High school diploma required; Associate degree in Accounting or relevant degree program preferred; 
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work within timelines; and  
    • Excellent communication skills. 

    To be considered for this position, candidates must complete brief survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/Bjuu2Q and 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 by 11/6/20. 

    The position is full-timeIn 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. 

    PRA, a leader in the behavioral health and human services field for over 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.  

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

  • 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 complete a brief survey at https://pra.typeform.com/to/wNXaDDmU and send a 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.