NAASE – North American Association of Synagogue Executives
Please submit application materials must be received by January 29, 2021
The North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE) is a membership organization serving the professional needs of executives of Conservative Synagogues. As the central resource for professional development, job placement, information-sharing, and peer support for executives serving in Conservative congregations, NAASE provides resources to its members and the Conservative Movement by:
• Bringing together synagogue executives to further the development of their professional skills, thus enabling each member to serve his or her congregation as effectively as possible.
• Providing the necessary resources to achieve success as a synagogue executive.
• Raising the level of awareness among clergy and lay leadership about the value and expertise qualified executives bring to their synagogues.
• Fostering an appreciation of Jewish values, Klal Yisrael and Conservative Judaism.
• Developing positive and collaborative relationships with other organizations that foster our mission.
The Executive Director in an integral component of all NAASE activities and is directly or indirectly involved in nearly all activities on behalf of the association. Working in partnership with the NAASE Board of Governors, the Executive Director helps implement long-range and short-term plans and strategies and assists in the development of policies and programs.
The Executive Director is responsible for the smooth execution day-to-day business operations for NAASE. The Executive Director works closely with the elected leadership to provide managerial and administrative oversight and guidance to all key activities. The Executive Director must be flexible in carrying out their work and adaptive to the needs of the organization, our members, and the broader Jewish community. This position reports to the President of the Board.
Just like the work of an Executive Director in a synagogue, NAASE’s Executive Director will be expected to have a wide range of skills and competencies in various areas such as technology, communication, member engagement, financial management, and resource development. NAASE’s Executive Director should possess a professional demeanor, demonstrating a commitment to excellence, accountability, collaboration, innovation, respect, trust, and confidentiality.
Resource to NAASE Members
• Serve as primary contact and resource for all inquiries from members and route such requests to appropriate individual(s) while providing support to all parties
• Manage day-to-day operations of NAASE International Office, including engagement with vendors on behalf of the association
• Maintain records and archives reflecting NAASE business and policies, including all meeting minutes and resolutions, for easy reference
• Arrange for the clear distribution of information through various channels, including social media
• Engage with listserv (ExecNet) moderator to manage participants and offer assistance
Resource to NAASE Leadership
• Help prepare agenda for and gather materials for all meetings of Executive Committee and Board of Governors; oversee all logistics for meetings, whether in person or virtual
• Oversee follow up on action items discussed at all meetings of Executive Committee and Board of Governors
• Prepare and distribute updates to leadership groups, as needed
• Assist with on-boarding of new Board of Governors members and Committee Chairs
• Identify potential leaders for NAASE
• Manage technology needs, including but not limited to tracking and record keeping in database and financial software
• Assist with financial matters, including annual and committee budgets; review of spending at regular intervals; billing of all charges, modifications, preparation of year-end information, and oversight of insurance policies
Resource to NAASE Committees/Task Forces
• Membership: engage with potential members and support their integration into association; assist with annual membership renewal process; maintain member roster; prepare reports to Board of Governors
• Conference: shepherd process to select host cities and review all contracts; help prepare and distribute all promotional material; assist with on-site logistics; oversee anniversary awards and special events including memorial lecture
• Placement: liaise with synagogues looking for Executive directors and maintain list of open positions; ensure timely distribution of active searches; prepare material for members and potential members looking for new positions
• Nominating: maintain information on current and past leaders; ensure all requirements are met for recommended individuals; maintain communication of process and decisions with general membership
• Distance Learning: assist with registration process, as needed
• Resource Center: select and maintain materials on website
• Mentoring: assist with pairing of mentors and mentees
Resource to External Audiences
• Maintain good relations and regular contact with partner organizations, including NATA (National Association of Temple Administrators), RA (Rabbinical Assembly), and USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism)
• Work with NATA on placement services, as appropriate
• Represent NAASE at meetings and functions with other organizations
The Ideal Candidate
• Will be able to work independently, as well as part of a team
• Will be flexible to the shifting needs of NAASE and its members
• Will have strong collaboration skills
• Will be an excellent problem-solver and advisor and effective communicator
• Will have strong attention to detail and organizational skills, including those related to general office management
• Will be technologically literate and self-sufficient, including proficiency with standard office equipment, computer programs, social media platforms
• Will be able to travel for meetings and consultations, as needed
• Will have executive experience in synagogue or membership association administration
• Will be familiar with Jewish customs and traditions, and have a deep sense of community
Additional Key Information
• Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2021
• Part-time position: 20-25 hours per week anticipated, flexible throughout the year
• Additional Benefits: Paid Vacation
• Application materials must be received by January 29, 2021
NAASE is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or veteran status.