Awareness, Courage & Love (ACL) Global Project

Position: Executive Director

The Organization

Awareness, Courage & Love (ACL) Global Project is a Seattle, WA-based nonprofit organization that addresses the major public health issue of loneliness and social isolation. Left unchecked, this health issue increases the risk of premature death as much as excessive smoking, and more than excessive drinking, air pollution, and obesity. The ACL Global Project brings to the general public the concepts of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), (co-created by Robert Kohlenberg, Ph.D., ABPP and Mavis Tsai., Ph.D.), a treatment using empirically supported principles that focuses on the healing power of present-moment authentic interactions. Our mission is to train leaders worldwide in ACL principles so that they can teach community members how to meet life’s challenges through deepening interpersonal connection and rising to live more true to themselves.

The project, before it became a nonprofit, was founded in 2016 by Dr. Tsai, a clinical psychologist and research scientist at the University of Washington. Dr. Tsai is the co-author of five books on FAP (some of which have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian) and over 75 articles and book chapters. She is a recipient of the Washington State Psychological Association’s Distinguished Psychologist Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to knowledge in clinical psychology and is a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Under her leadership, ACL Global Project is a rapidly expanding program that currently has chapter leaders in six continents.

As the ACL Global Project grows and expands, Dr. Tsai will transition from her role as founder and part-time Executive Director to Founder and Chief of Mission and will remain on staff with the organization.

The Opportunity

ACL Global Project is searching for our first full-time Executive Director (ED). This servant leader will help fulfill our vision of ameliorating the worldwide loneliness epidemic and fostering interpersonal connection by creating ACL chapters in every city and every country. The ideal candidate will have a solid history in the nonprofit sector; experience in building capacity in programs, fundraising, and operational systems; and demonstrated success partnering with boards to set vision and chart strategic priorities.

ACL Global Project is fully dedicated to the personal and professional development of every member of the team. Hence, the new Executive Director will be charged with maintaining and strengthening the culture of an empathic, high-functioning, and passionate staff team.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for ACL Global Project’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

Core Responsibilities


  • Ensure ongoing international programmatic excellence, program evaluation, oversee communications, fundraising, create timelines and strategic planning to achieve organization goals.
  • Develop strategies to scale up and expand chapter circles at the national and international levels, including ways to strengthen support of chapter leaders as well as identifying and cultivating ideal partnerships.
  • Actively engage and energize ACL Global Project’s volunteers, board members, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components in order to measure successes that can be communicated effectively to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Design and implement international expansion strategies.


  • Work in conjunction with the Board to develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic directions.
  • Work in conjunction with the Board to establish strategic goals, including hiring plans and needs.
  • Lead, coach, develop, nurture, and retain our high-performance staff team.
  • Effort to establish a work environment that provides space for creativity, humanity, and productivity. Establish clear protocols for workflow and reporting structures.

Fundraising and Communications

  • Help develop a viable model of revenue streams that support ACL and chapter leaders while encouraging expansive and inclusive participation. “Everybody in, Nobody out.”
  • Oversee the deepening and refinement of all aspects of communications—from web and social media presence to external relations.
  • Work with the Founder and Chief of Mission to be a local, national, and international presence communicating program results that serve as a model for replication.

Finance and Operations

  • Provide leadership with regard to key operational elements including marketing, technology implementation, structure, workflow, fundraising, outreach, and budgeting.
  • Insure ACL Global is operating in compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations in the US and abroad, where necessary. Seek guidance from the Board regarding resources to achieve this goal.
  • Exercise responsible financial management and provide strong advocacy to the Board for needed expenditures.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bring deep experience with non-profits to help us grow and strengthen, while interweaving our unique culture and core values, infusing Awareness, Courage and Love at every level.
  • Experience in working effectively and in collaborating with diverse, cross-cultural, and international populations.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to walk the talk of our key principles of Awareness, Courage and Love.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading with an emphasis on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Track record of effectively leading and scaling a program internationally.
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and oversee our budget.
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning.
  • Filled with passion, idealism, integrity, humility and compassion.

How ACL Global Project Supports You

  • The ACL Global Project Executive Director will be paid an annual salary of $100,000 per year.
  • Once hired, the Executive Director will work with the ACL Global Project Executive Committee to develop performance standards for the position, which will include the potential for merit bonuses based on hitting and exceeding performance metrics.
  • This position receives 20 vacation days, paid US national holidays, and 12 paid sick leave days.
  • Health, dental and vision benefits may be obtained independently by and for the employee with 80% of the premium(s) to be paid by ACL Global Project up to $5,000.00 annually. Dependents (spouse or children) may be covered at 25% with no raise in the annual cap amount. Moving forward, the ED will work with board and staff leadership to move the organization into a group healthcare plan.
  • ACL Global Project is an exciting, challenging, connecting, and rewarding place to work. ACL is an environment where we aspire to grow deeper connections with ourselves and one another to bring forth our talents, skills, experience and wisdom in ways that respect the uniqueness of who we are as individuals.

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