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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 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.

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  • Senior Project Associate (PRI)

    Policy Research, Inc. (PRI) is seeking a full-time Senior Project Associate to join the SAMHSA-funded Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC). HHRC is a new five-year SAMHSA grant that will use multiple training modalities to provide up-to-date, comprehensive education on evidence-based practices related to housing, treatment, and supportive services for adults, children, and youth who have serious mental illness (SMI)serious emotional disturbance (SED), substance use disorders (SUD), and/or co-occurring disorders (COD), including special populations who have health disparities such as Veterans and youth who are LGBTQ+. 

    PRI is a small, woman-owned, not-for-profit corporation located in upstate New York and incorporated in 1995. PRI and its sister company, Policy Research Associates, conducts behavioral health services research and provides technical assistance. We are recognized leaders in the behavioral health field and have the capacity to provide a broad range of services and to administer large-scale projects including other large technical assistance centers. 

    Our researcherstraining 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.  

    Description of the Position

    The Senior Project Associate will work closely with the Project Director and will be responsible for the management of all day-to-day training and technical assistance (TTA) activities, including, but not limited to: 

    • Material development for trainings related to housing and treatment models for adults and children who have SMI/SED, SUD, or COD 
    • Assisting with virtual TTA for SAMHSA Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) grantees 
    • Coordination with staff, subcontractors, and consultants for the development of online trainings and toolkits 
    • Organizing speakers and stakeholders for webinars, in-person HHRC Summits, and the HHRC Expert Panel 
    • Ensuring that data collection and reporting activities are completed per SAMHSA guidance 
    • Ensuring adequate management of all project activities, in coordination with the Project Director and Project Assistant 
    • Providing general support within the scope of the grant, such as writing issue briefs and contributing to the newsletter 

    Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field and at least five years’ experience in project management, including the administration of federally funded initiatives, preferred 
    • Knowledge of housing and/or treatment models for adults and children who have SMI/SED, SUD, or COD and are experiencing or at risk of homelessness 
    • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness 
    • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color and individuals with lived experience, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of policies and programs 
    • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities is preferred 
    • Certification in Mental Health First Aid or the ability to become certified within 60 days of start date (or the earliest available and accessible training date during the COVID-19 pandemic, with training costs covered by PRI)
    • Experience with technical writing/editing, meeting planning/facilitation, and TTA is desired 
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to accomplish multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, and motivation to identify creative solutions 
    • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills and ability to present to diverse audiences  
    • Ability to handle workload that includes out-of-state travel approximately 10 days per year 

    Salary level of position is commensurate with candidate experience. Position is full-time starting no earlier than September 1, 2020, and offers 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” awards, and an American Heart Association award winner for Workplace Health Achievement. 

    We are committed to building a diverse, representative, and inclusive HHRC teamDepending on the circumstances of the successful candidate, this position may be based remotely subject to PRI’s remote employee/telework policy.  

    To be considered for this position, candidates must complete a brief survey https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/SWLRkzg5 and send cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fax to (518) 439-7612 by July 17, 2020. 

  • Project Assistant (PRI)

    Policy Research, Inc. (PRI) is seeking a full-time Project Assistant to support multiple projects. The primary project would be the newly funded five-year SAMHSA grant to operate the Homeless and Housing Resource Center (HHRC). PRI is a small, woman-owned, not-for-profit corporation located in upstate New York and incorporated in 1995.  PRI and its sister company, Policy Research Associates, conduct behavioral health services research and provide technical assistance. We are recognized leaders in the behavioral health field and have the capacity to provide a broad range of services and to administer large-scale projects including other large technical assistance centers.

    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.

    Description of the Position

    The Project Assistant will support PRI projects in the areas of homelessness and criminal justice, as well as others as needed. They will provide support to PRI staff and consultants with responsibilities including, but not limited to:

    • Participate and assist with project meetings/conference calls
    • Develop meeting materials and provide follow-up support for meetings and calls, including taking meeting minutes
    • Draft and edit memos, letters and other written documents related to project activities
    • Provide phone and email support for projects and assist with project mailings
    • Provide logistical support for trainings and webinars, including managing registration lists, corresponding with participants, and compiling survey data

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field or high school diploma/GED and three years’ relevant experience in administrative management
    • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office is required and database management experience is a plus
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to accomplish multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, and motivation to identify creative solutions
    • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness is a plus, but not required
    • Certification in Mental Health First Aid or the ability to become certified within 60 days of start date (or the earliest available and accessible training date during the COVID-19 pandemic, with training costs covered by PRI)
    • Interest in expanding your knowledge about behavioral health, homelessness, and criminal justice, as well as the role that racial inequity plays in our society, and commitment to building and/or deepening your commitment to racial justice work

    Salary-level of position is commensurate with candidate experience. Position is full-time starting no earlier than September 1, 2020, and offers 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” awards, and an American Heart Association award winner for Workplace Health Achievement.

    We are committed to building a diverse, representative, and inclusive PRI team. The successful candidate will be based at PRI’s office in Delmar, NY.  No travel is required as part of this position.

    To be considered for this position, candidates must complete a brief survey https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/bPWNWtS0 and send cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, email to email hidden; JavaScript is required or fax to (518) 439-7612 by July 17, 2020.

  • Co-Director for SMVF TA Center

    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.  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 POSITION

    The successful candidate for the Co-Director position will work closely with the incumbent Project Director to manage and guide the day-to-day TA Center activities, provide staff supervision and support, coordinate with federal funding agencies to develop and carry out the TA Center annual work plan. As one of the leaders of SMVF TA Center team, the Co-Director will be overseeing a diverse and talented group of individuals and ensure that they are successful in their efforts to provide technical assistance for strengthening behavioral health systems for SMVF, including facilitating strategic planning and action planning for the implementation of best policies and practicesThis work involves cultivating on-going relationships with policymakers and crossagency teams and partners, assessing needs, providing training, and disseminating appropriate and timely technical resources. Military experience, military family members, and/or those with knowledge of military culture preferred; behavioral or public health leadership experience, diversity, and recovery values are welcome. 

    The SMVF TA Center Co-Director will share the following functions and responsibilities with Project Director: 

    • Oversight and guidance for all technical assistance activities 
    • Staff supervision as needed 
    • Collaboration with project partners, including Project Officers, federal partners, subcontractors, consultants, and state and local stakeholders 
    • Development, monitoring and adapting of annual project work plan 
    • Participation in quarterly budget reviews and monitoring 
    • Adherence to program reporting requirements and monitor deliverables for quality assurance  
    • Planning and facilitation of onsite or virtual strategic planning and technical assistance for military and civilian interagency behavioral health teams in states and territories 
    • Assessment of technical assistance and training needs and monitoring for emerging themes and trends 
    • Provision of targeted, culturally appropriate technical assistance or training based on subject matter expertise 

    Qualifications

    Education: Master’s degree or higher; preferably in social sciences, social work, public health, public policy, public administration, or related field. 

    Experience: State, local, or program level leadership experience in behavioral/public health or related field, including project management, staff supervision, reporting, etc. Leadership/program experience specific to supporting the 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. Prior work developing and/or implementing behavioral health best practices with diverse populations, training/facilitation, and/or behavioral health research is a plus.  

    Skills: Strong leader/manager with solid team-building skills, innovative thinkerexcellent trainer/facilitator, highly organized and detail-oriented, ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and adapt to change, excellent communication skills (oral and written), proficiency with Microsoft Office software. 

    Position is 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. Remote applicants will be considered.  Significant travel is required. 

    Interested candidates must complete a brief survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/Z7oCMIry 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 

    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. 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, and an American Heart Association Silver Level Recognition award winner for Workplace Health Achievement. 

  • Project Associate – SOAR

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Project Associate to join the SAMHSA-funded SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance (TA) Center. SOAR is national program designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. 

    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. 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. 

    Description of the Position  

    The Project Associate will be a PRA employee and an integral member of the SOAR TA team. They will report to the SOAR Project Director and will be responsible for Center duties including, but not limited to: 

    • Engaging and supporting high level state and local involvement in SOAR 
    • Providing virtual technical assistance to states and localities to increase access to SSI/SSDI 
    • Conducting leadership training and facilitating learning communities to further the implementation of SOAR 
    • Communicating regularly with other SOAR TA Center staff 
    • Reviewing practice cases submitted through the SOAR Online Course 
    • Utilizing project databases to track monthly TA provided  
    • Providing general contract support within the scope of the task order, such as writing issue briefs, blogs, and contributing to the newsletter 

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field, Master’s degree preferred 
    • Experience with Social Security disability (SSI/SSDI), preferably with completion of the SOAR Online Course  
    • Experience working with individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness 
    • Previous project coordination/management experience is desired, with experience overseeing multiple tasks/priorities  
    • Experience with technical writing, meeting planning/facilitation, media/technology, training, and TA desired 
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work within timelines 
    • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills required 
    • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to accomplish multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment  
    • Ability to handle workload that includes out-of-state travel 

    Salary level of position is commensurate with candidate experience. 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. 

    To be considered for this position, candidates must complete a brief survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/DGssa4 and send 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 July 17, 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.

  • 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.