Employment

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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 Times Union “Top Workplace” award in 2013 and 2018 .

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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  • Internship—SMVF TA Center

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a part-time Intern to join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded “Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center” (SMVF TA Center).  The SMVF TA Center offers training and technical assistance to military and civilian agencies developing and implementing strategic plans that build behavioral health capacity by implementing best policies and practices.  We are funded by SAMHSA and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a central mechanism for strengthening behavioral health services and systems working nationally across military, federal, and state agencies and local community planning teams to address issues, such as suicide prevention, opiate addiction, homelessness, and trauma.

    Ideal candidate should possess first-hand knowledge of military culture and awareness of the unique needs facing SMVF.  This may include military Veterans and/or military family members whose lived experience can help inform the SMVF TA Center’s perspective to improve the lives of America’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.

    Description of the Internship

    The SMVF intern will be an integral member of the SMVF TA team. They will report to the SMVF Project Director and will be provided opportunities to learn and contribute to Center duties including, but not limited to:

    • Literature reviews
    • Resource archiving
    • Product development
    • Support for virtual meeting technology
    • Overall project support

    High-level supervision/mentorship from SMVF staff is provided for this internship.

    Requirements

    • Graduate-level student in a related degree program (e.g., social sciences, social work, public health, public policy, public administration, or associated field.)
    • Some experience, knowledge, and/or significant interest in behavioral health needs of service members, Veterans, and their families is preferred in addition to personal military experience, or experience as a military family member;
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work within timelines; and
    • Excellent writing skills.

    To be considered for this internship, all interested candidates must complete a brief, required survey at https://pra.typeform.com/to/Ne59Xeki and send a cover letter (indicating position title) and resume via email (preferred) to email hidden; JavaScript is required or to Policy Research Associates, 345 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054, or fax to 518-439-7612.

    A leader in the behavioral health and human services field for over 30 years, PRA is a Woman-Owned Small Business funded by federal and state agencies, national organizations, and foundations. Guided by our company’s mission of “creating positive social change for people and communities through technical assistance, research and training” and our core values of commitment, inclusion, respect, and integrity, 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.

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

  • Program Manager—Criminal Justice

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Program Manager to provide management-level 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 have some background and knowledge of mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorder treatment and programming and/or criminal justice system processes, practices, and policies, along with associated policy and systems-level issues for this population. At a minimum, applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline.

    A leader in the behavioral health and human services field for over 30 years, PRA is a Woman-Owned Small Business funded by federal and state agencies, national organizations, and foundations. Guided by our company’s mission of “creating positive social change for people and communities through technical assistance, research and training” and our core values of commitment, inclusion, respect, and integrity, 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.

    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 (currently virtual for all staff) or remotely, subject to PRA’s remote employee/telework policy.

    Responsibilities

    • Project coordination and task management
    • Budgeting, facilitating subcontract and consulting agreements, tracking and coordinating associated invoices
    • Staff supervision (primarily of junior-level staff) and coordination of tasks and duties among this group
    • Assisting with proposal development in response to funding opportunities
    • Some technical writing
    • Supporting the use of multi-media techniques and innovative technology to deliver training and technical assistance virtually
    • Supporting meeting planning, facilitation, and logistics
    • Assisting with the development and maintenance of relationships with funders, partner organizations, and other high-level stakeholders in the field

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
    • Background in criminal justice field/policy highly preferred
    • Familiarity/experience with mental and substance use disorder treatment and policy, particularly as related to justice-involved populations, is highly preferred
    • Previous project management experience is desired, with experience overseeing multiple tasks/priorities
    • Experience with staff supervision and a strong desire to mentor junior-level staff
    • 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
    • Experience managing government contracts and/or developing/managing development of proposals in response to funding opportunities is desired
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work within timelines and to accomplish multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
    • Some travel may be required (post-pandemic)

    To be considered for this position, all interested candidates must complete a brief, required survey at  https://pra.typeform.com/to/ATyH1UXd and send a cover letter (indicating position title) and resume via email (preferred) to email hidden; JavaScript is required or to Policy Research Associates, 345 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054, or fax to 518-439-7612 by February 12, 2021. People of color, LGBTQ+ people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

    The salary and level of the 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, an Albany Business Review “Healthiest Employer” and an American Heart Association Silver Level Recognition award winner for Workplace Health Achievement.

  • 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. 

  • 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.