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 communications. Our company culture is rooted in a strong work-life balance, and we are proud to offer competitive salaries, rich benefits, and a positive 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 diverse community of peers. PRA is committed to ensuring 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.

Please note: Policy Research employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and be able to show proof of their vaccination status.

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Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Project Assistant to support two national SAMHSA-funded projects, the SAMHSA SSI/SSDI Outreach Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center, and the SAMHSA grant-funded Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC). This position may be based remotely.  

The SOAR initiative is designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.  

Operated by Policy Research, Inc., PRA’s sister non-profit, HHRC works in partnership with national experts in homelessness, mental health, and substance use services to develop up-to-date, comprehensive toolkits, webinars, and self-paced online trainings. 

A leader in the behavioral health and human services field for over 30 years, PRA is a 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. Our researchers, training and technical assistance providers, and support personnel are known for their expertise in the overlap of mental health and the areas of behavioral health/addictions, criminal and juvenile justice, homelessness, recovery supports, accessing benefits, Veterans, and issues pertaining to family members and consumers. We are proud of the diversity of our employees’ experience and expertise and our proven performance record.  

Project Assistant 

The successful candidate for the Project Assistant position will function as an integral part of a team that provides technical assistance and support to professionals working in the fields of behavioral health and homelessness. Specific responsibilities will include: 

  • Provide general administrative and logistical support to project staff, including registration for events, preparing and shipping materials, and scheduling 
  • Assist with database management and conduct data entry 
  • Assist with report writing (team meeting notes, monthly reports, etc.) 
  • Handle phone, emails, and routine information requests 
  • Arrange for virtual meeting support, including live captioning and ASL translation and provide materials ahead of each event 
  • Coordinate and schedule meetings and conference calls 
  • Facilitate the use of virtual meeting platforms and maintenance of web-based database 
  • Review practice case application packets for completion and send certificates as support for the SOAR Online Courses 
  • Reviews and provides feedback on written materials 
  • Drafting relevant content as needed 

Qualifications 

Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or relevant experience.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and strong attention to detail.  Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 

Preferred:  Background in homelessness or disability field preferred.  Some experience in a team-based work environment, managing the use of virtual meeting technology, website management, database management, and/or logistics coordination. 

The position is a full-time, immediate opening with a competitive salary in the $45,000 to $55,000 per year range, and an 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. Located onsite at PRA’s offices in Delmar, New York, or depending on the circumstances of the successful candidate, this position may be based remotely, subject to PRA’s remote employee/telework policy. Some travel may be required.   

To apply for this position candidates must complete a brief questionnaire at https://pra.typeform.com/to/mmMo7m15 and send a cover letter (indicating the desired position) and resume to Policy Research Associates, 345 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054, fax to (518) 439-7612 or email to jobs@prainc.com (preferred). We are committed to building a diverse, representative, and inclusive team. 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.  

 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.  

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 jobs@prainc.com.

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