Foster Youth Group Facilitator, Gender & Family Project (Part-Time)

Job Title:Foster Youth Group Facilitator, Gender & Family Project
Reports to:Research & Special Programs Coordinator
Department:Gender & Family Project
FLSA Status:Exempt

Organization Overview:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family’s Gender & Family Project (GFP) seeks to expand its group facilitation team to support families of transgender and gender expansive youths by hiring experienced facilitators to work in the GFP’s family support groups. 

Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family (AIF) is one of the premier institutions for family therapy in the United States. The Institute serves all kinds of families at all stages of family life by offering a wide variety of programs that address a broad array of issues and concerns. Ackerman is also one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists. The Gender and Family Project’s mission is to empower youth, families, and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training, and research. Founded in 2010, GFP promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family.

In partnership with Administration for Children’s Services, GFP is offering two new community groups for trans* and gender expansive foster youth and young adults ages 12-24. GFP is seeking individuals to serve as facilitators for these monthly support groups.

Position Summary:

Foster Youth Group Facilitator: GFP is seeking a part time Group Facilitator to co-lead monthly support groups for trans* and gender expansive foster youth. We offer our Community Builders group for youth 12-17 and our Connected Futures group for young adults 18-24. Each group is 90 minutes and focuses on helping youth and young adults to find community, receive support, and build resilience as trans and gender diverse individuals. Facilitators work together collectively with Nat Roberts to develop robust, developmentally-appropriate, and culturally-relevant curriculum for this population. In addition to monthly groups, facilitators are compensated for curriculum development work and attending staff meetings or trainings.

Facilitators must be available the last Wednesday (Community Builders) or Thursday of each month (Connected Futures) from 5:30-8:00 pm (ET).

Currently, all groups are held virtually through Zoom. However, in person groups may resume at the Ackerman Institute in Manhattan, New York, NY.

Facilitators hired at this time are expected to commit to the position until July 2023

Essential Job Functions:

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead 90-minute support group for trans and gender diverse foster youth and young adults
  • Attend mandatory prep and debrief conversations before and after group
  • Attend facilitator meetings as needed ( ~ 1 per month)
  • Attend facilitator trainings or professional development events designed to improve facilitator skills and capacity
  • Optional: Support other GFP events when available (Gender Conference NYC, Holiday Party)


  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in human services / mental health prevention preferred
  • Competency serving LGBTQIA+ populations strongly preferred
  • Experience facilitating groups for LGBTQIA+ youth or adults strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of resources and support services in NYC for LGBTQIA+ individuals preferred
  • Familiarity with ACS / child welfare systems or experience working with youth in foster care preferred

Work Environment:

  • This is an independent contractor position. You will submit monthly timesheets for your services. Payments are disbursed on the last business day of the month. 
  • This position will require approximately 3-4 hours of work per month, including groups and curriculum planning.
  • 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.
  • Ideal applicants are comfortable planning activities and discussions through email and video calls with co-workers


  • $250 per group, including prep and debrief time
  • $75 per hour for curriculum development work, as needed
  • Compensated for attending meetings and professional development training offered to GFP staff

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 Research & Special Programs Coordinator, Nat Roberts at:, Subject: “Foster Youth Group Facilitator”. Only those candidates for an interview will be contacted.