The Fellow in Synagogue Administration (FSA) Program is the certification program of NAASE which affords synagogue executives the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership, professionalism, experience, competence and knowledge of the field. Similar to certification programs in other fields, the FSA program exhibits one’s commitment to continuing professional development and education, as well as the association’s commitment to fostering growth and excellence in its members. The attainment of the Fellow in Synagogue Administration Certification recognizes one’s longevity in the field, participation and leadership in the association, and an advanced understanding of the required knowledge to be a successful synagogue executive.
Executive Directors serve as role models for their congregants and the local Jewish community. They fulfill a role that involves synagogue administration, budget and finance, human resources, membership, facility management and ritual knowledge. Executive Directors in Conservative synagogues are often part of a leadership team that includes the Senior Rabbi and President. In recognition of the critical role that Executive Directors play in the life of a congregation, this credential has been developed and is recognized by one’s peers at NAASE and the national synagogue association for conservative Judaism – USCJ. This FSA credential is a standard of knowledge and experience that demonstrates the competence of an Executive Director. Through this certification NAASE also is continuing its effort to enhance the professionalism and competence of its members. This credential also demonstrates to synagogue professionals, congregants and the community-at-large the executive director’s commitment to knowledge, personal growth and improved professional performance.
The Vice President of Professional Development of NAASE will contact candidates directly for #3 and #4 above.
Electives (must total 25 credits):
Work towards some of these accomplishments can have been achieved prior to working towards the FSA:
|12||Serve on the NAASE Board for two years.
|10||Chair or co-chair a NAASE conference.
|5||Hold a master’s degree in a related field.
|5||Serve on a NAASE Task Force or Committee.
|+2 if serve as Chair|
|5||Mentor a new NAASE Executive Director for a minimum of two years.|
|5||Attend the “Week of Study”.||+2 if Chair the Week of Study (if applicable)|
|5||Hold a leadership position in a NAASE Regional Group for a min of 2 years.||+2 if Chair|
|4||Teach a class at NAASE U or a Regional Conference.|
|4||Present at a USCJ sponsored event.|
|3||Submit an original contribution to the NAASE Administrative Resource (ARC) in management related categories such as financial oversight; fundraising; staff management and supervision; governance; etc…
|3 points each submission, up to a maximum of three submissions for a total of 9 points|
|2||Attendance at any one other Jewish communal conference.||+1 if NATA conference
+1 if USCJ conference
|2||Teach a virtual distant learning session.|
|2||Volunteer work in the Jewish community.||Min 20 hours|