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Jewish Professional Leadership Online Certificate

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Strengthen Your Leadership Skills Online, On Your Time

100% Online

8 Months

12 Credit Hours

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Become a More Effective Leader in the Jewish Nonprofit Space

Gain the critical skills for a rewarding, impactful career in Jewish nonprofit leadership. With a Master’s Certificate in Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis, you’ll access the unique combination of Hornstein’s integrated, academic structure plus unparalleled opportunities to cultivate an extensive network of Jewish professionals, all on your own schedule and without leaving your job or your community.

Credits from this online program are stackable toward a Hornstein master’s degree.

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A Curriculum Grounded in Community Connection

4 Courses

8 Months

The four online courses in the Jewish Professional Leadership Certificate curriculum will help you become a proficient problem-solver with expertise in strategic planning, nonprofit management, crisis management and communications, human resources, fundraising and development, and more.

Required Courses

After a disturbing increase in antisemitic incidents since the beginning of the 21st century, the Jewish community is now reeling from the sharp rise in global antisemitism. In this atmosphere of growing antisemitism, it is more important than ever that Jewish professional leaders have the skills and knowledge to prevent and respond to anti-Jewish propaganda and acts. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the complex factors that contribute to antisemitism, develop tools to prevent, confront and combat it, and learn about effective crisis leadership.

Mission-driven organizations rely on effective human resource management (HRM) to ensure that the employee policies and practices align with the organization’s goals and values. In this course, you will learn how to supervise and coach peers, direct reports and upper-level management; how to influence without authority; and the use of best practices and metrics in DEI work.

This course integrates contemporary management theory and research, case studies and experiential assignments to provide understanding of individual and group behavior in Jewish nonprofit organizations. You’ll learn frameworks, concepts, tools and skills needed to manage and lead nonprofit organizations effectively and to enhance the quality of employee work life. Topics include (but are not limited to) organizational culture, power and influence, organizational structure, human resources, group dynamics, lay-professional relations, and organizational innovation and change.

This course emphasizes the impact that a comprehensive development program can have on achieving Jewish communal vitality. You will learn why contemporary Jewish communal professionals must be both organizational and communal development strategists and adept donor relationship developers, regardless of position or title. You will also begin to develop requisite fundraising acumen and skills accelerated by engaging in solution-based thinking around case studies reflecting contemporary fundraising challenges.

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Gain the Top Skills Needed by Today’s Nonprofit Professionals with the Jewish Professional Leadership Certificate

Now more than ever, today’s Jewish community needs leaders who are visionary, who care about Jewish values and Jewish learning, and who have skills-based toolkits that empower them to lead effectively. By completing the Master’s Certificate in Jewish Professional Leadership program online, you’ll be prepared to advance into leadership roles at federations, think tanks and associations, schools and community centers.

In-Demand Careers for Jewish Professional Leadership Certificate Grads

Nonprofit Executive Director $120,372 per year1

Nonprofit Director of Development $149,883 per year2

Value of a Certificate

Invest in graduate education that will help advance your career, without requiring you to change your professional schedule. With a fully online certificate from Brandeis, you’ll experience rigorous coursework, dedicated faculty, and the ability to learn on your own schedule, even while maintaining your full-time position. Enrollment is simple, and you can complete the program in under a year. These credentials are stackable toward the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis.

What You’ll Learn

Achieve Your Goals with the Jewish Professional Leadership Certificate

Enrollment Deadline 09/17/2024

Start Date 10/28/2024

We offer a simple enrollment process for the Jewish Professional Leadership Master’s Certificate. Follow the steps below to get started.

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Prerequisite degreeAssociate or bachelor’s degree.
Work experienceNot required.
Additional RequirementsInclude an updated resume/CV that outlines your current and recent work experience, along with all official transcripts of undergraduate coursework.

Tuition for the Online Jewish Professional Leadership Certificate

$1,220 Cost per Credit

12 Credits

Continuing your education is an investment in your future. At Brandeis, we are committed to providing accelerated higher educational experiences that offer a return on that investment. We are here to help you through the financial process and offer tuition discounts and convenient payment plans for eligible students. Scholarships are also available to those who qualify.


  1., Nonprofit Executive Director Salary in the United States, on the internet at (visited March 11, 2024).
  2., Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salary in the United States, on the internet at (visited March 11, 2024).