director of operations



Morningside seeks a full-time, resident Director of Operations to work in our New York City office to manage a variety of responsibilities in the day-to-day administration of the Institute. He or she will be one of the two members of Morningside’s staff and will report directly to Nathaniel Peters, the Executive Director.

The Director of Operations will have the unique opportunity of helping to organize and participate in Morningside’s rich intellectual encounters. As part of his or her responsibilities, the Director of Operations will have the chance to meet renowned scholars and inquisitive students, helping to sustain a growing intellectual community. As compatible with his or her duties, the Institute is committed to supporting the development of the Director’s own academic interests, with the open possibility of using the seasonally-fluctuating intensity of work in an academic environment to accommodate personal research and writing projects. 



The Director of Operations will be in charge of managing and overseeing various aspects of the Institute’s internal and external processes. 

  • Accounting - Record and track income and expenditures, monitor financial accounts, process payments and reimbursements, and assist in development of Institute’s budget.

  • Administration - Schedule payroll and other corporate services, ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, oversee maintenance and renewal of insurance policies, and coordinate the Institute’s calendar of events.

  • Communications - Respond to general correspondence, organize and update contact lists, execute mailing campaigns, maintain website, and curate social media accounts.

  • Development - Assist Executive Director with foundation and donor relations, and explore opportunities for collaboration with new students and faculty.

  • Programming - Plan event logistics, manage publicity and attendance, prepare materials, coordinate setup and cleanup, participate in and, occasionally, run events.


  • A strong understanding of and commitment to the Institute’s mission and principles;

  • Familiarity with university culture and recent experience working with students and faculty; 

  • A bachelor’s degree in a non-professional field; 

  • Superior writing ability and verbal expression;

  • Facility with digital media and ability to learn to use new software, tools, and platforms;

  • The ability to manage, with moderate supervision and in a collegial manner, a number of projects and contacts at once;

  • The ability and willingness to take initiative while fully cooperating with the leadership of the organization;

  • The flexibility to work in areas of little prior experience and adapt to unfamiliar roles.


The Executive Director and Director of Operations will review particular assignments regularly, but there will be overall evaluations at 3, 6, and 12 months after the start date, and thereafter every 12 months. The focus of the overall evaluations will be whether the Director of Operations completes tasks thoughtfully, thoroughly, and on time.


The salary range for this position is $53,000–$60,000, and within those limits salary will be commensurate with experience.


  • Health Insurance;

  • 15 days (3 weeks) paid annual leave with no rollover of unused days;

  • 10 sick days annually with no rollover of unused days;

  • 10 paid federal holidays or other days of office closure;

  • After 1 year, 401(k) plan with 3% institutional match, increasing annually up to 5%.


The Institute’s office is located at 91 Claremont Ave in the tower of the Riverside Church, but the Institute has no affiliation with the Church.


We will accept applications from April 5th until the position is filled. Please email your resume, references, and two brief writing samples, along with a letter of interest, to Sergio Leos at The subject line should read “Director of Operations.”

We expect a number of qualified applicants for the position. In your letter, please explain why you are a particularly good fit. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not call.