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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.

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  • Communications Specialist: Temporary Part-time

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a temporary part-time Communications Specialist for the period of July 2020 to January 2021. The successful candidate will focus their efforts on writing, editing, formatting, and disseminating a wide range of materials to support a variety of projects related to enhancing behavioral health outcomes for individuals and communities.   

    A leader in the behavioral health and human services field for over 30 years, PRA is a Women-Owned Small Business funded by federal and state agencies, national organizations, and foundations. PRA conducts research, evaluation, and policy analysis and provides technical assistance and training 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.  

    Description of the Position  

    The successful candidate will support the communications team in the implementation of a broad communications strategy. This individual will have the opportunity to work across PRA projects in a variety of communications and marketing capacities, primarily editing (copyediting and substantive editing), writing, layout/design, email marketing campaigns, and accessibility support to PRA and its projects. This position reports to the communications director and will collaborate with communications specialists, project staff, and the systems administrator. Responsibilities will include:  

    • Copyediting newsletter articles, reports, PowerPoint slides, and publications in accordance with federal style guides  
    • Writing newsletter and social media content  
    • Developing project newsletters and newsflashes for distribution via email marketing system   
    • Designing and formatting brief reports for publication  
    • Remediating documents and PowerPoint slides for accessibility and Section 508 compliance  
    • Managing and publishing content to project websites  

    Minimum Requirements  

    • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or related field  
    • Exceptional editing and writing skills, including a strong understanding of grammar and syntax, plain writing, and active voice   
    • Experience with Chicago and/or American Psychological Association styles strongly desired 
    • Experience operating an email marketing system to develop and disseminate email campaigns, especially Emma   
    • Experience using website content management systems, especially WordPress  
    • Strong knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Illustrator, to format reports, publications, and infographics  
    • Experience with CommonLook and/or Moz a plus 
    • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office products  
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, creativity, and ability to work within compressed timelines  

    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 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/eeMey0 and send cover letter (indicating position title), two writing samples of 300-500 words, and a resume to Policy Research Associates, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fax to (518) 439-7612 by May 22, 2020. 

  • Project Associate

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Project Associate to provide support and coordination 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 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. Ideally, this position will be based at PRA’s offices in Delmar, NY. However, depending on the circumstances of the successful applicant it is possible that the position could be based remotely, subject to PRA’s remote employee/telework policy.

    Under the direction of senior project staff, specific responsibilities will include:

    • Performing intermediate level tasks associated with the project with minimal supervision
    • Technical writing, including collaboration with other staff in writing papers, publications, and reports
    • Coordination and/or oversight of discrete project activities related to meetings, workshops, trainings, and other project events
    • Coordination and/or oversight of technical assistance efforts, including the tracking/triage of requests, coordination with consultants and subject matter experts to fulfill requests, and serving as a liaison with PRA operations staff regarding logistics and communications
    • Information gathering, synthesis, and dissemination, including content creation for communications products, responses to requests for information from funders, and in response to TA requests received from the field
    • Coordination of project support staff across specific tasks/activities
    • Supporting the virtual delivery of TTA using multi-media techniques and innovative technology
    • Providing limited training and technical assistance, both onsite and virtually

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field, master’s degree preferred
    • Background in criminal justice field/policy required, with 3-5 years of relevant experience; behavioral health experience preferred
    • Previous project/task coordination experience, particularly experience coordinating the provision of technical assistance to external customers, is desired
    • Experience with supporting/coordinating meetings and other events
    • Proficiency in the MS Office suite (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), particularly in the upper-level functions of these programs, is required
    • Knowledge of and ability to use innovative media/technology is desired, including virtual meeting technology (e.g., Adobe Connect, WebEx, etc.)
    • 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-admin.typeform.com/to/U1lmvu and send a cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research Associates, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fax to (518) 439-7612 by March 6, 2020.

    Salary and level of the position are commensurate with candidate experience. The position is a full-time, immediate opening with 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.

  • Senior Project Associate

    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 the 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-admin.typeform.com/to/U1lmvu and send a cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research Associates, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fax to (518) 439-7612 by March 6, 2020.

    Salary and level of position are commensurate with candidate experience. The position is a full-time, immediate opening with 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, Part-time 

    Description of the Position

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a detail-oriented part-time 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 

    The position is anticipated to be 20-30 hours per week; PRA will work with the successful candidate to determine a mutually beneficial work schedule. 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. 

    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. 

  • Senior Project Associate – SMVF

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) seeks to fill the following full-time position to join a talented project team working as part of 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 individuals.  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. 

    Senior Project Associate, SMVF

    The successful candidate for the Senior Project Associate position will actively travel to provide technical assistance to states and territories.  This position is responsible for cultivating on-going relationships with policymakers and crossagency teams and partners, providing training, and connecting them with technical resources.  As part of The SMVF TA Center team, you will help provide suicide prevention and/or opiate addiction expertise.  You will deliver technical assistance for strengthening behavioral health systemsincluding facilitating strategic planning and action planning for the implementation of best policies and practices Military experience, military family members, and/or those with knowledge of military culture preferred; behavioral health experience, public health experience, diversity, and recovery values are welcome. 

    The SMVF Senior Project Associate will have the following functions and responsibilities: 

    • Facilitate onsite or virtual strategic planning and technical assistance for military and civilian interagency behavioral health teams in states and territories 
    • Assess technical assistance and training needs  
    • Work with interagency teams to develop strategic plan documents 
    • Synthesize research and develop topical products and resources 
    • Track technical assistance outcomes and develop outcomes reports 
    • Develop and deliver presentations 
    • Maintain communication and collaborate with project team members, subject matter experts, and consultants, as well as, state, federal, and military representatives 
    • Facilitate and train at workshops, conferences, and on military bases in content areas such as suicide prevention and opiate addiction prevention and recovery 

    Qualifications

    Education

    Master’s degree or higher; preferably in social sciences, social work, public health, public policy, public administration, or related field; or Bachelor’s degree in nursing with advanced mental health and substance abuse training or clinical experience.  

    Experience

    Military culture knowledge and skills is an asset. Experience in developing and/or implementing behavioral health best practices, training/facilitation, and/or behavioral health research is preferred. 

    Skills

    Strong team player with initiative, independent worker, excellent trainer/facilitator, highly organized and detail-oriented, ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, excellent communication skills (oral and written), proficiency with Microsoft Office software.

    Position is full-time, immediate opening with competitive salary and excellent benefits package.  Remote applicants will be considered.  Significant travel is required. 

    Interested candidates must complete a brief survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/KKBKvh 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 

    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 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.