Project Assistant, Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA)

Posted: 03/14/18 | SHARE:


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




  • 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

Additional Information:

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.”

To Apply

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 6, 2018.

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