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 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.

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  • 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, $100 million investment by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation—features a competition to help jurisdictions across the country create fairer, more effective local justice systems.  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 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.

     

    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. 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. Geographic location of 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 Employer, a 2013 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 click here to complete a questionnaire.  Please also submit cover letter and resume via email to email hidden; JavaScript is required

  • Project Associate

    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 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Residence near or relocation to PRA’s Delmar, NY office is preferred. Remote locations will be considered for those with significant experience.

     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 Associate

    The Project Associate will be a PRA employee and an integral member of the SOAR TA team. S/he 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 on-site technical assistance to states and localities to increase access to SSI/SSDI
    • Conducting leadership training and facilitating forums 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 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
    • Ability to handle workload that includes frequent 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 Employer, a recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association designated “Fit-Friendly Workplace.”

    If interested please 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 and complete a brief PRA Candidate Survey by October 6, 2017.

  • Social Media/Marketing Communications Intern

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a part-time Communications Intern to support a variety of projects related to juvenile and criminal justice; services for children, adolescents, and their families; recovery supports; service members and veterans; homelessness and housing; wellness; and violence.

    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.

    Description of the Position

    The successful candidate will support the Communications team in the development and implementation of a broad communications strategy and have the opportunity to work across PRA projects in a variety of communications and marketing capacities. This position reports to the VP of Operations and the incumbent will collaborate with the Communications Specialists, project staff, and the IT Specialist. Responsibilities may include:

    • Producing a variety of print, electronic, and social media communications (e.g., blogs, social media posts, infographics)
    • Designing and implementing or evaluating and refining a website search engine optimization strategy
    • Developing and analyzing e-newsletter production, dissemination strategies, and performance
    • Filming and editing video and audio productions
    • Assisting with virtual meetings for PRA and associated projects.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or related field, completed or in progress
    • Experience in print, electronic and social media strategy, development and production
    • Experience in managing corporate social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.)
    • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office products, website and electronic media development products, Adobe Creative Suite products, and virtual meeting technology
    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, creativity, and ability to work within timelines
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • 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 Employer, a recipient of a Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association designated “Fit-Friendly Workplace.”

    If interested please 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 and complete a brief PRA Candidate Survey by September 15, 2017.

  • 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.

    Description of the Internship

    PRA is seeking to fill an Internship position for the Fall 2017 semester. The internship will involve various project tasks related to homelessness, recovery supports and disability benefits.  High-level supervision/mentorship will be provided for this internship.

    Requirements

    • Undergraduate or graduate level student in a relevant policy or public health oriented degree program (e.g., social work, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, public health, public policy);
    • Some experience, knowledge and/or significant interest in behavioral health issues, homelessness, recovery supports and/or disability benefits.
    • 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 and complete a brief PRA Candidate Survey by September 22, 2017.

    We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and a recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award.

  • Project Assistant

    Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Project Assistant to support a national SAMHSA-funded project designed to expand access to community-based services for adults diagnosed with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders at all points of contact with the justice system. 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 criminal justice. Specific responsibilities will include:

    • Coordinating phone calls and site visits with multiple national sites
    • Developing meeting materials and presentations
    • Organizing webinars
    • Conducting literature reviews and on-line searches for information
    • Drafting and submitting progress reports to funders
    • Training program and technical assistance coordination with outside consultants

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
    • Background in criminal justice field/policy preferred
    • 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
    • Some travel possible

    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 Employer, a 2013 recipient of the Times Union “Top Workplace” award, and an American Heart Association designated “Fit-Friendly Workplace.”

    If interested please 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 and complete a brief PRA Candidate Survey by September 15, 2017.

  • 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 2013.