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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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  • Research Associate – Juvenile Justice

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Research Associate to join our youth justice team. The Research Associate will provide support on various studies currently being conducted at the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ), which is housed at PRA. The NCYOJ was founded in 2001 to advance policy and practice to ensure the well-being of vulnerable young people in contact with the juvenile justice system. 

    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. 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. 

    Research Associate

    The Research Associate will be an integral part of a team that works to identify policy and practice solutions through research to ensure the well-being of vulnerable young people in contact with the juvenile justice system. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating research activities across various studies, including: 

    • Tracking and facilitating site-based data collection 
    • Conducting data cleaning (ability to write syntax a must), organizing data files, and preparing data files for analysis 
    • Drafting research protocols, progress reports, conference presentations and publications 
    • Organizing Research Advisory Committee in-person and virtual meetings 
    • Coordinating phone calls, site visits and trainings with communities participating in multi-site research studies 

    Qualifications 

    • Bachelor or graduate degree in a relevant field 
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work within timelines 
    • Strong data management, data cleaning, and basic analytic skills required 
    • Familiarity with SPSS, STATA, and/or SAS required 
    • Excellent writing and oral communication skills 
    • Reliability and flexibility to meet changing project needs 
    • Ability to work in a team environment 
    • Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access; willingness to learn new software tools; receptive to training 
    • Knowledge of the juvenile justice and/or behavioral health systems and issues not required but a plus 
    • Some travel required 

    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 Employer, a recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association designated “Fit-Friendly Workplace.” 

    If interested please complete a brief candidate survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/HaC4or 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 8, 2019.

  • Internship - National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice

    Background

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), a leader in the behavioral health and human services field for 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.   

    The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) is operated by PRA. At the core of NCYOJ’s work is the belief that translating research into policy and practice is vital for effectuating change. This translational work creates more effective and efficient systems, which produces better outcomes for youth and families while maintaining safety for youth and families, youth-serving professionals and communities. 

    Description of the Internship

    PRA is seeking to fill an internship position with NCYOJ for the summer of 2019. Duties will include conducting in-depth literature reviews on topics related to adolescent mental health, creating infographics and fact sheets, assisting with the compilation of relevant materials for an online resource repository, developing meeting minutes, assisting with coordination and logistics for project meetings and travel, and other tasks as assigned. High-level supervision/mentorship will be provided.  

    Desired Start Date

    May 2019 

    Schedule

    Flexible; 20 hours per week 

    Requirements

    • Undergraduate or graduate level student in a relevant policy or public health-oriented degree program (e.g.: sociology, public policy, education, public health, psychology, criminal justice, etc.); 
    • Some experience, knowledge, and/or significant interest in behavioral health issues, adolescent mental health, school mental health, or juvenile justice; 
    • Academic writing skills, including APA formatting; 
    • Computer proficiency in Microsoft applications;  
    • 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/LehXdq , 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 designated “Fit-Friendly Workplace.” 

  • IT Assistant

    Background

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), a leader in the behavioral health and human services field for 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 Position

    PRA is seeking to fill a newly created IT Assistant position on a full-time or part-time basis. Duties may include a variety of IT tasks, such as:

    • Assist staff with desktop support issues relating to Windows 7/10
    • Assist in and perform maintenance of computer network
    • Operating system review, testing, implementation and debug of OS upgrades
    • Test and modify vendor-supplied operating systems and the associated configurations as needed
    • Review and implement network configuration changes
    • Work on back-end and front-end systems
    • Proactively identify potential issues and help recommend potential solutions

    Qualifications

    • College degree in IT, telecommunications, computer science, or related field
    • Knowledge of Microsoft products including Server 2008/2012/2016, Active Directory, Office 365 and SharePoint
    • Familiarity with VMware ESXi, Citrix XenApp, Azure preferred
    • Linux web development skills such as CentOS, WordPress, and Drupal a plus
    • Ability to work independently and with others
    • Excellent communication, organizational and multi-tasking skills
    • Willingness to learn new skills and methodologies
    • Ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner

    If interested please complete a brief survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/mN2f18 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 designated “Fit-Friendly Workplace.”

  • Logistics Internship

    Background

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), a leader in the behavioral health and human services field for 30 years, is a Women-Owned 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.

    Description of the Internship

    PRA is seeking to fill a Logistics Internship position for the spring semester of 2019. Duties will include coordination and confirmations for registrations, travel arrangements, room block registration lists, and other logistics tasks for meetings and conferences. The intern will be assisting the Logistics Coordinator along with Project Assistants in all aspects of meeting planning. High-level supervision/mentorship will be provided.

    Desired Start Date

    January 2019

    Schedule

    Flexible and will vary, hours may range from 10 to 35 hours per week

    Requirements

    • Knowledge of basic meeting logistics with an understanding of timelines and requirements for meeting management.
    • Computer proficiency in accounting software and Microsoft applications with a strong working knowledge of Excel preferred.
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work within timelines.
    • Excellent communication skills.

    If interested please complete a brief survey at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/BsjQHJ , 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 designated “Fit-Friendly Workplace.”

  • Project Assistant – SOAR

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Project Assistant to support a national SAMHSA-funded project (SOAR) 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. (https://soarworks.prainc.com) This position will be based on-site in PRA’s Delmar, NY office.

     A leader in the behavioral health and human services field for nearly 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. 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.

    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 travel itineraries, managing registration for events, preparing and shipping materials, and scheduling
    • Assist with database management and conduct data entry
    • Assist with report writing (team meetings, monthly reports, etc.)
    • Handle phone, emails, and routine information requests
    • Assist with ordering, preparing and shipping materials for site visits
    • Coordinate and schedule in-office 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 Course

    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:  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 full-time, immediate opening with a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.  Located on-site at PRA’s offices in Delmar, NY.  Some travel may be 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/Aoq0z6 by Jan. 11, 2019.

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

  • Senior Project Associate

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Senior Project Associate to support a national MacArthur Foundation-funded project designed to provide intensive technical assistance to the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge Network surrounding issues of reducing the over-incarceration of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) across the Network jurisdictions.

    The Safety and Justice Challenge is an initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The initiative—an initial five-year, $150 million investment by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation—currently supports a network of 52 jurisdictions across 32 states.  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge recognizes that there are better, fairer, and more effective alternatives to excessive jail incarceration. The Safety and Justice Challenge is supporting a network of competitively selected local jurisdictions committed to finding ways to safely reduce jail incarceration.

    A leader in the behavioral health and human services field for over 30 years, PRA is a small, woman-owned 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.

    Senior Project Associate

    The successful candidate for the Senior Project Associate 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 criminal justice. Specific responsibilities will include:

    • Technical assistance
    • Training
    • Meeting planning/facilitation
    • Task management
    • Media/technology
    • Technical writing

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree preferred
    • Strong background in behavioral health and criminal justice
    • Previous project management experience is desired, with experience overseeing multiple tasks/priorities
    • Experience w/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 oral communication skills required
    • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to accomplish multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
    • Travel is expected to average portions of two weeks out of every month

    Level of position is 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. The geographic location of the selected individual is flexible, as selected candidate will be allowed to work remotely while not engaged in required work travel.  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 designated “Fit-Friendly Workplace.”

    If interested in this Senior Project Associate position, please complete a brief questionnaire at https://pra-admin.typeform.com/to/U1lmvu and submit your 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.

  • 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.