The Rector is in charge of the academic direction of the Wissenschaftskolleg. She is appointed by the Members' Assembly and supported by the Head of Academic Programs.
The Permanent Fellows support the Rector in areas of academic leadership and with the Fellows' selection process. They too are appointed by the Members' Assembly.
The direction of the administration and the services is the task of the Secretary of the Wissenschaftskolleg. In this she is supported by her deputy and the members of the staff.