Employment

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We’re well staffed with well staff
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.

View our Year in Review to learn more about what it is like to work at PRA.

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  • Accounting Internship

    Background 

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (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.  

    Description of the Internship

    PRA is seeking to fill an Accounting Internship position for the Fall of 2019. Duties will include doing a diversity of accounting and finance-related tasks, such as entry and reporting of financial data, reconciling accounts, budgeting, and financial analysis. High-level supervision/mentorship will be provided by the Finance Director with certain tasks being coordinated by other accounting and operations team members. 

    Requirements 

    • Knowledge of accounting principles and practices and administrative procedures;  
    • Computer proficiency in accounting software and Microsoft applications with strong working knowledge of Excel a must; 
    • Undergraduate or graduate level student in an Accounting or relevant degree program preferred; 
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work within timelines; and  
    • Excellent communication skills.

    If interested please complete a brief survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/GJQkAy 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 

    We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, a 2018 recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association Silver Level Recognition award winner for Workplace Health Achievement. 

  • Project Assistant – 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 candidates 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.

    Project Assistant, SMVF

    The successful candidate for the Project Assistant position will assist the TA Center team in the provision of technical assistance to cross-agency State teams working to implement statewide plans to improve behavioral health services for SMVF.  Technical assistance includes providing training, facilitating strategic planning, archiving technical resources, disseminating information to the field, and developing technical assistance products.

    The SMVF Project Assistant will have the following functions and responsibilities:

    • Provide general administrative and logistical support to project staff, including travel itineraries, managing registration for events, preparing and shipping materials, and scheduling
    • Assist with database management and conduct data entry
    • Assist with report writing (site visits, monthly reports, etc.)
    • Conduct literature reviews and targeted topical research
    • Handle phone, emails, and routine information requests
    • Assist with preparing and shipping materials for site visits
    • Coordinate and schedule in-office meetings and conference calls
    • Support onsite technical assistance to states and territories
    • Prepare PowerPoint presentations and other materials
    • Facilitate the use of virtual meeting platforms and maintenance of web-based resource portal

    Qualifications

    Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in a related field.  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:  Previous military experience and/or experience with personal family, military-related behavioral health recovery a plus.  Master’s degree in a related field.  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 full-time, immediate opening with a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.  Located on-site at PRA’s offices in Delmar, NY.  Some travel is required.

    To apply for this position 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 email hidden; JavaScript is required and complete a brief questionnaire at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/yZeTnO

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

  • 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.