Communications Specialist, Policy Research Associates (PCA)

Posted: 03/22/18 | SHARE:


Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) is seeking a full-time Communications Specialist 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 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. 

The successful candidate will join 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, graphic design and marketing capacities. This position reports to the VP of Operations and the incumbent will collaborate with Communications team members. Responsibilities may include:

  • Producing a variety of print, electronic, and social media communications (e.g., blogs, social media posts, infographics)
  • Website search engine optimization
  • Editing and proofreading documents; document layout
  • 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 (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Two years’ 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
  • Experience in graphic design, using Adobe Creative Suite products, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, or online design services like Canva
  • Experience with Apple's video and audio editing platforms, iMovie, and Garage Band
  • 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 PRA’s substantive areas of focus a plus

Additional Information

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, a Times Union “Top Workplace” award winner, and an American Heart Association designated “Fit-Friendly Workplace.”

To Apply

If interested please send cover letter (indicating position title) and resume to Policy Research Associates, Inc., 345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, email to or fax to (518) 439-7612 and complete a brief PRA Candidate Survey by April 13, 2018.

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