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. The attainment of the FSA 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.
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 by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. This FSA credential also demonstrates to synagogue professionals, lay leaders, congregants and the community at large the Executive Director’s commitment to knowledge, personal growth and improved professional performance.
As a final step in the application process, the candidate will participate in a one-hour professional conversation, arranged by the FSA Certification Chairperson, to take place at a NAASE Conference or other agreed upon time, with three, FSA-Certified colleagues. This conversation may cover some or all of the following subjects: Communications, Human Resources, Membership, Finance/Budget, General Synagogue Management, Governance, Jewish Ritual.