New York, NY

(Full Time)

**Friends of Christendom looking to hire a Christendom graduate**

The Morningside Institute is an independent, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing scholars and students together to examine enduring ideas, create intellectual friendship, and enrich these ideas and friendships with the vibrant life of New York City. To do this, we promote rigorous humanistic inquiry, cultivate each student’s intellectual and moral development, and connect the questions and ideas that we investigate in our programs with the city’s cultural opportunities. Since 2017, Morningside has served more than 600 students, mostly from Columbia University, and its intellectual community is rapidly growing.

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 three members of Morningside’s staff and will report directly to Nathaniel Peters, the Director.

The Director of Operations will play a leading role in the planning of and participate in Morningside’s rich intellectual work. As part of his or her responsibilities, the Director of Operations will have the opportunity to meet renowned scholars and inquisitive students, helping to sustain a growing intellectual community. 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 is responsible for various aspects of the Institute’s management:

  • Accounting – Record and track income and expenditures, monitor financial accounts, process payments and reimbursements, and assist oversight of the 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 websites, and curate social media accounts.

  • Community – Maintain contact with the student community and be informed about their interests.

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

  • Programming – Deliberate programming strategy, manage event logistics, manage publicity, 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 salary range for this position is $59–65,000, 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;

  • Paid federal holidays or other days of office closure;

  • After 1 year, 401(k) plan with an annual institutional match up to 5%.

We will accept applications from March 21, 2022 until the position is filled. Please email your resume, references, and two brief writing samples, along with a letter of interest, to Haidun Liu at The subject line should read “Director of Operations.”

We expect several 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.