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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, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

This is a 3-year, term limited position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan is seeking a qualified Project Manager to join a creative, talented and entrepreneurial team within the Office of Academic Innovation that is shaping the digital learning landscape at U­M and beyond.
Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics and personalization at scale, AI aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world.
The Project Manager position reports to the Project Facilitation Lead and collaborates with faculty, course teams, instructional designers, learning experience designers, instructional, media specialists, external platform partners, and other project managers to manage the scoping, design, and development of online courses and other learning initiatives at the Digital Education & Innovation Lab. Ideal candidates actively embrace challenges, thrive on solving tough problems, demonstrate passion about digital and blended education and how it impacts the future of higher education, and enjoy working within a dynamic, fast ­paced team environment. This position is an exciting role, working within a startup environment to develop, support and launch new digital learning initiatives through collaboration with the world ­class faculty of the University of Michigan.


  • Apply project management, communication, and consultative skills to collaborate with faculty, course teams, and media specialists to deliver high ­quality digital and blended learning experiences for online and residential initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with the Academic Innovation team to document project goals, personas, design briefs, research opportunities, and production plans.
  • Develop project plans and timelines for course production and provide weekly project status updates to initiative team members.
  • Ensure the timely delivery and consistency of instructional materials, assessments and engagement tools available for students of online and blended courses.
  • Create, disseminate, and maintain resources, policies and procedures for faculty to provide guidance and aid in the creation of digital course materials.
  • Assist with quality assurance reviews of courses on learning platforms.
  • Maintain records of course documents and materials, ensuring all course documents are complete, stored and archived appropriately.
  • Coordinate external contractors, vendors, temporary personnel, etc., to administer support services for online education.
  • Work collaboratively with copyright personnel, accessibility experts, design teams, faculty, and third party vendors to ensure that the digital content of Academic Innovation initiatives complies with our policies and practices.
  • Participate in conversations on campus around digital learning, instructional design, project management and other topics related to carrying out the vision and mission of the Office of Academic Innovation.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 or more years of project management experience in a higher education setting, or equivalent combination of experience in educational technology, instructional design, information science or consulting
  • Ability to analyze and align technology solutions with instructional need, current educational and technological trends, and campus­wide goals/priorities and infrastructure
  • Familiarity with: Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Educational Resources (OER), Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Coursera, Canvas, edX and other educational platforms
  • Enthusiasm for technology enhanced learning in the context of a public residential research university
  • Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage workload under time constraints and conflicting demands
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Understanding of copyright regulations in a higher education setting
  • Knowledge of accessibility regulations and related tools and techniques e.g. video captioning, descriptive audio, screen readers
  • Strong  commitment to problem solving, teamwork and the ability to act independently

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree and 5 or more years of related experience (educational technology, instructional design, information science) or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in a research ­focused university setting
  • Supervisory experience in the context of digital education
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, technology and standards of digital media production
  • Pedagogical knowledge of online and hybrid teaching, including instructional design theory and blended delivery
  • Demonstrated experience with work productivity tools (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and project management tools (e.g., MS Project, Teamwork, Gantt charts)

Additional Information

Position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development. TIAA/­CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available. For details, see
This position may be filled using an FLSA exempt or non­exempt designation.

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.