A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should include salary requirements, address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
Note: This is a 5 year term limited position with the possibility of renewal depending on funding.
The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) at the University of Michigan (U-M) is seeking a qualified Design Manager to facilitate the scoping, design, and development of online courses and a wide range of academic innovation projects. Acting as a skillful project manager, this role works to create consensus and communicate clear decisions among stakeholders such as CAI colleagues and U-M faculty members, while utilizing a balance of relationship management, creative problem solving, and risk management. The Design Manager will report to the Design Management Lead.
Apply project management, communication, relationship management, design, quality assurance, and consultative skills in order to collaborate with faculty, course teams, administrators, vendors and other stakeholders.
Create, communicate, and manage expectations for project team members across initiative timelines, scope, budgetary elements, and resource allocation.
Work with CAI colleagues and partners to develop critical process documentation and project elements, including but not limited to: communication plans and timelines, faculty resources, online learning materials, marketing language, and other deliverables as needed.
Manage and align diverse perspectives and relationships, including those of faculty partners, external partners and collaborators, CAI colleagues, and other U-M and external stakeholders.
Manage project tasks and oversee the timely execution and consistency ofdeliverables across a wide volume and range of projects, including open online courses, degree courses, Teach-Out and short form initiatives, and others.
Organize, schedule, and lead a wide range of meetings, brainstorms, and events for individual initiatives.
Ensure thoughtful and consistent alignment of projects with current practices across multiple domains, including copyright and accessibility.
Coordinate policy documentation, including executing Memorandums of understanding, amendments, and release and/or waiver forms.
Hire and oversee students for individual projects, in consultation with faculty and school/college administration
Coordinate and manage financial project components, including expense reimbursements and budget management
Organize and build project elements into various platforms and learning management systems.
Contribute to on-campus and external conversations about CAI’s work and provide consultative support to potential partners on new ideas and proposals.
Bachelor’s degree and 3 or more years of related experience (educational technology, instructional design, educational project management, information science, or consulting)
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills demonstrated in a leadership context
Proficiency in Google Workspace (specifically Google Docs, Sheets, Slides)
Ability to manage workload under time constraints and conflicting demands
Excellent critical thinking and adaptability skills within a consultative environment
Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment
High emotional intelligence for complex relationship management
Strong commitment to problem solving, teamwork, and the ability to act independently
Ability to analyze and align technology solutions with instructional needs, current educational and technological trends, and campuswide goals/priorities and infrastructure
Enthusiasm for technology-enhanced learning in the context of a public residential research university
Experience with work productivity and organization principles and tools, such as Trello or Smartsheet
Master’s degree and 3 or more years of related experience (educational technology, instructional design, educational project management, information science, or consulting) or equivalent combination of education and experience
Familiarity with: Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), online degrees and hybrid programs, Open Educational Resources (OER), Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Coursera, FutureLearn, edX, Canvas, edX and other educational platforms
Experience in a research-focused university setting
Understanding of copyright and accessibility regulations in a higher education setting
Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, technology and standards of digital media production for global audiences
Pedagogical knowledge of online and hybrid teaching, including instructional design theory and blended delivery
Significant demonstrated fluency with work productivity and project management principles, such as Trello or Smartsheet, among others
This is not a remote position and any adjustments to a standard in-person schedule will be discussed during the hiring process.
The salary for this position will be based upon the selected candidate’s education and experience.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Learning and working in environments designed for equity and inclusivity are necessary for the U-M community to make progress on solving the problems that matter most to society. In addition to collaborating with faculty and staff on projects that explicitly focus on DEI, the Center for Academic Innovation uses inclusive design processes in all of our work. All interested applicants, including those from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, are encouraged to apply.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021. This includes those working or learning remotely. More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.