Senior Project Associate

Posted: 11/21/17 | SHARE:


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.

The successful candidate for the Senior Project Associate position will actively travel to provide technical assistance to states and territories.  This position is responsible for cultivating on-going relationships with policymakers and cross-agency teams and partners, providing training, and connecting them with technical resources.  As part of The SMVF TA Center team, you will help provide suicide prevention and/or opiate addiction expertise.  You will deliver technical assistance for strengthening behavioral health systems, including facilitating strategic planning and action planning for the implementation of best policies and practices.  Military experience preferred; behavioral health experience, public health experience, diversity, and recovery values are welcome.

The SMVF Senior Project Associate will have the following functions and responsibilities:

Facilitate onsite or virtual strategic planning and technical assistance for military and civilian interagency behavioral health teams in states and territories

  • Assess technical assistance and training needs
  • Work with interagency teams to develop strategic plan documents
  • Synthesize research and develop topical products and resources
  • Track technical assistance outcomes and develop outcomes reports
  • Develop and deliver presentations
  • Maintain communication and collaborate with project team members, subject matter experts and consultants, as well as, state, federal, and military representatives
  • Facilitate and train at workshops, conferences, and on military bases in content areas such as suicide prevention and opiate addiction prevention and recovery


Education: Master’s degree; preferably in social sciences, public health or related field; or Bachelor’s degree in nursing with advanced mental health and substance abuse training or clinical experience.

Experience: Military culture knowledge and skills is an asset.  Experience in implementing behavioral health best practices, training/facilitation, and/or behavioral health research is preferred.

Skills: Strong team player with initiative, independent worker, excellent trainer/facilitator, highly organized and detail-oriented, ability to work well in a fast-paced environment, excellent communication skills (oral and written), proficiency with Microsoft Office software.

Position is full-time, immediate opening with competitive salary and excellent benefits package.  Remote applicants will be considered.  Significant travel is required.

To Apply:

To apply for any of these positions send cover letter (indicating desired position) and resume to Policy Research Associates, 345 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054, fax to (518) 439-7612 or email to and complete a brief questionnaire at .

PRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and was selected the Times Union #1 “Top Workplace” for 2013.

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