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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 address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects enables and safeguards the conduct of research and other sponsored activity for the University of Michigan. We apply specialized regulatory, statutory, and organizational knowledge in a timely and professional manner in order to balance the University's mission, the sponsor's objectives, and the investigator's intellectual pursuits.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects is seeking an Instructional Designer to join the Navigate Research Administration Professional Development Team.  The Navigate Team is responsible for the design, implementation, and oversight of a variety of training and professional development programs focused on research administration throughout the University.


Under the direction of the Navigate Training Manager, the Instructional Designer provides support for professional development initiatives across the university, with a target audience that includes both faculty and staff.

The successful candidate will work closely with both faculty and staff subject matter experts in the process of analyzing, designing, delivering, and evaluating instructional/professional development materials on a variety of topics related to research administration;  analyze and implement novel methods of existing materials to be directed to new audience segments; develop and disseminate resources, research, and information about best practices relating to research administration; maintain knowledge of new and emerging technologies, instructional design theories, and approaches for potential instructional opportunities; other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 2 - 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Working knowledge of common instructional design models.
  • Excellent work ethic.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize work, and multitask in a time sensitive, high volume work environment.
  • Strong relationship-building skills, including the ability to build consensus among a decentralized stakeholder base.
  • Working knowledge of computers, ordinary office software suites (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint), enterprise software systems, web browsers, and electronic mail programs.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong active listening skills, highly developed emotional intelligence, ability to work well as a team member, and a positive attitude.
  • Skill in writing grammatically correct, clear and concise business correspondence, and ability to proofread business correspondence with a high degree of accuracy.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with faculty and administrators on the design, development, delivery, and assessment of effective training programs.
  • Familiarity with U-M policies and procedures related to research administration (including, but not limited to, accounting, purchasing, personnel and regulatory compliance).
  • Master’s degree in instructional design or related field.

Additional Information

This position is a limited-term two-year appointment with the possibility for extension subject to budget approval.

Background Screening

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.

Application Deadline

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.