Director, Gender & Family Project

Job Title:Director, Gender & Family Project
Reports to:President & CEO
Department:Gender & Family Project
Supervises:2-4 Employees
FLSA Status:Exempt

Organization Overview:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family was founded in 1960, and is one of the premier institutions for family therapy treatment, and one of the most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves a diverse population of families at all stages of family life by offering a variety of programs that address a broad range of issues and concerns. The faculty at the Institute have achieved national prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative approaches to family therapy and professional training.

The Gender & Family Project’s (GFP) mission is to empower youth, families, and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training, and research to children ages 5-17 years old and their families. Founded in 2010, GFP promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family.

Position Summary:

The Director of GFP leads the program’s staff, constituents and service recipients toward GFP’s goals and mission: empowering transgender and non-binary youth, their families and communities with gender affirming clinical and group services; training and education; research and advocacy initiatives. Together with the AIF’s and GFP’s leadership, the Director of GFP is responsible for designing and implementing strategies aimed at the fiscal health of the program as well as its growing impact. The role includes the oversight of all fundraising, communications, service operations and management activities of the GFP and in partnership with other organizations.

Essential Job Functions:

Primary responsibilities include:

Leadership and Vision:

  • Enhance and communicate GFP’s mission as a program bringing together the worlds and standards of mental health services, family therapy, gender diversity, advocacy as well professional training and research.
  • Build relationships with and accountability to transgender and non-binary youth and their families seeking services at the GFP, with particular attention to Black, indigenous, and people of color, low-income families, Spanish-speaking communities, and under-resources communities across the U.S.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and fluency using the Ackerman Relational Approach.
  • Embody and build infrastructure for the implementation of intersectional and anti-racist policies, operations and services.
  • Utilize innovative, personalized and effective tools to engage, recruit and deepen relationships with staff, families, colleagues, partner organizations, advocates and supporters.
  • Integrate the values, operations and opportunities between AIF as a home institution and GFP as a specific program.
  • Inspire and lead GFP full time and part time staff:
    • Lead staff meetings and develop team culture
    • Maintain one on one supervision with direct reports

Fundraising and Fiscal Management:

  • Work closely with AIF leadership and GFP development staff to establish and manage yearly income and expense budget.
  • Establish and implement fundraising goals and strategies.
  • Lead, cultivate and operationalize GFP’s Advisory Council.
  • Engage with key GFP donors, sponsors and advisors.
  • Cultivate and engage new donors, sponsors and partners.
  • Build partnerships with private foundations and other institutions.
  • Oversee the production and success of GFP fundraising events and initiatives.
  • Cultivate fiscal partnerships with key local, City and State agencies.

Program Administration and Management:

  • Manage, guide and support the leads of GFP’s 4 departments:
    • Services: Supervise Director of Services on quality, relevance and efficiency of GFP core services (clinical, support groups, training, advocacy)
    • Development & Communications: Collaborate with the Director of D&C and team on quality, relevance and efficiency of fundraising, cultivation and communication initiatives
    • Supervise Director of Gender Conference NYC (GFP’s annual conference in partnership with PFLAG NYC): Participate in weekly management calls of GCNYC’s leadership team
    • Research: Supervise GFP Research & Dissemination team to create new initiatives, as well as maintain and expand on-going research and publication initiatives.
  • Report to and work closely with AIF CEO & President on fiscal, management and operations policies and implementation.
  • Collaborate and integrate strategies and implementation with AIF leadership team (including, AIF Dir. of Development, Diversity & Inclusion, HR, Communications, Training and Clinic)


  • Oversee and support research on the process and outcomes of GFP
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree required or 5+ years of relevant experience.
  • Proper licensure including LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, LMFT.
  • Minimum of 3-years’ experience in fundraising and leadership, management in non-profit, educational, or mental health sectors, and working with gender, sexual, and racial diversity/justice. 
  • Must have supervisory experience in providing Family and Systems Therapy to transgender and nonbinary youth.
  • Knowledge and application of the Ackerman Relational Approach and/or Family Therapy theories preferred but not required.
  • Excellent public speaking and written communication skills.
  • Skilled at building relationships with staff, constituents, donors, elected officials, etc.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Proficiency in video call platforms (Zoom and Teams).
  • Highly organized with strong attention to details.
  • Commitment to Ackerman Institute values of inclusion, collaboration, and transparency.

Work Environment:

This position is currently remote due to Covid-19. When the Institute re-opens (TBD), this position will be based out of The Ackerman Institute’s New York, NY location. This position will have a schedule of 4 days per week.


Ackerman Institute for the Family offers a generous compensation package which includes:

  • Competitive compensation based on experience.
  • Eligible employees receive medical and dental insurance for employees and dependents, largely subsidized by Ackerman.
  • Employer paid life insurance and supplemental disability insurance.
  • A 403(b)-retirement plan with eligibility for employer contribution.
  • Generous paid-time-off package.
  • Commitment to work-life balance.

COVID-19 Requirements:

  • AIF requires its Employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including any booster shots if required, where allowable under the law and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, unless they are approved for a reasonable accommodation based on disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you are required to have received at least one COVID-19 shot prior to your first day of employment and to provide proof of your vaccination status within the first 30 days of your employment. For the two COVID-19 shot regimen, you will be required to provide proof of your second COVID-19 shot within the first 60 days of your employment. Failure to provide timely proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will result in the termination of your employment with AIF.
  • If you are unable to be fully vaccinated due to disability, medical condition, pregnancy, or religious belief, you will be required to apply for a reasonable accommodation within the first 30 days of your employment in order to remain employed with AIF. As a part of this process, you will be required to provide information or documentation about the reason you cannot be vaccinated. If your request for an accommodation is not approved, then your employment may be terminated.

Welcoming Diversity:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It does not discriminate based on any status protected by law. This policy applies to all employment, education, volunteer, and clinical care related activities or in any other aspect of the Institute’s operation. Black, Indigenous, and people of color; trans, non-binary, and intersex people, especially transwomen; those from poor and working-class backgrounds, immigrants, people with disabilities; as well as people at the intersections of these experiences are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at:, Subject: Director of Gender & Family Project.” Only those candidates for an interview will be contacted.