The national institution's day-to-day activities shall be managed by a director. Stortinget appointed Petter Fredrik Wille who took office on 1 January 2016.

The director is responsible for the daily administrative, personnel and professional management of the institution, and for the institution’s internal organization within the framework decided by the board. The Director is the secretary of the Board, prepares and gives his recommendation on matters submitted to the Board and is responsible for implementing board decisions. The Director is responsible for ensuring that ongoing operation is in accordance with applicable regulations. The Director shall draft the budget and financial statements to the board and keep the board informed about financial and other matters of importance to the institution's activities. The director has budgetary authority and authority to enter into agreements on the institution's assets, projects and cooperation within the framework decided by the Board.