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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. Please include links to representative examples of prior work, or a demo reel.

Job Summary

The Office of Academic Innovation is seeking a qualified Media Designer to develop content in support of online educational experiences. This position is a creative one, working within a team environment to design and create video content. And it is also a position that requires a timely and efficient work style as the individual will be responsible for recording live events, such as synchronous office hours for online students, and guest speakers or other ad hoc events. This position will report to the Manager of Media Design & Production, and will work closely with other members of the Media Design Team as well as other individuals at AI and with other University partners. In addition to developing media, this position will have a role in maintaining a professional studio environment that is efficient, welcoming, and can also be used as a self-serve studio, for individuals who have been trained on using the studio. Because of the focus on event-based recordings, this position may occasionally have responsibilities outside of normal business hours.


You enjoy working in diverse teams and are experienced in developing video content on teams, and independently. You are comfortable working in a higher education context. You are excited to partner with faculty to help them present their best instruction. You are curious and communicative, actively embrace challenges, demonstrate passion for digital education, and enjoy working within a dynamic, fast-paced team environment. You are open to learning new techniques, and sharing knowledge with your peers.



The Office of 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.


Our preferred future includes:

  • An open model for pre-college learning and preparation that broadens access and enhances participation
  • A personalized, rigorous, and inclusive model for residential learning grounded in learning analytics and experimentation
  • A flexible and networked model for global and lifelong learning that embraces the evolution of a more permeable university
  • A participatory and inclusive model for public engagement that accelerates bilateral knowledge construction and sharing

As we reimagine the global public research university and create a culture of innovation in learning, we value:

  • boldness and humility
  • creativity and process
  • risk taking and tradition
  • personalization and scale
  • openness

Note: This is a three-year, term-limited appointment with the possibility of renewal.


  • Collaborate with faculty and others on a course design team to strategize on incorporating multimedia and video components to support online and residential education initiatives
  • Contribute ideas and examples of media usage to inform course design choices
  • Provide expertise in the choice of video style
  • Contribute to process compliance, and process improvements
  • Contribute to quality control
  • Conceptualize, direct, create, and edit media of different styles including, but not limited to: lectures, screencasts, demonstrations, dramatizations, documentaries, tutorials, and webcasts.
  • Support faculty in offering “live office hours” via Zoom and other synchronous methods
  • Assist faculty using synchronous communication tools (like videoconferencing and chat) during "live office hours" by coordinating interactions with remote students
  • Stream selected live events such as on-campus seminars, guest speakers, and other events that would benefit online and residential learners
  • Write and edit scripts for video content as needed, either individually or as a member of a team
  • Produce media-rich course assets
  • Using appropriate techniques and effects, edit raw video, select and/or create music clips, design graphics and/or digital video effects in order to create a quality, creative, finished product
  • Ensure timely delivery of high-quality content
  • Provide expertise in streaming, webcasting, video production and editing where needed to support projects
  • Research technology innovations and methods to advance team awareness and knowledge
  • Maintain/improve studio space for use by fellow team members, and for self-serve by faculty
  • Develop/maintain studio documentation
  • Provide coaching to on-camera presenters
  • Provide support for presenters during lecture recording sessions including suggestions on delivery related to accessibility and descriptive audio of images and graphs
  • Evaluate lecture slides for legibility, graphic design, and conformance to program expectations
  • Flag copyright and accessibility issues
  • Assist with additional video related work and responsibilities as needed.
  • Assist with additional team-wide efforts as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting, Filmmaking, Motion Graphics, or relevant experience in digital media production, broadcasting, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles, practices, techniques, technology and standards of videography and audio production
  • Experience operating production equipment, post-production equipment, and non-linear editing software
  • Experience with HD video workflows, storage, retrieval and archiving
  • Experience shooting on location as well as in-studio video
  • Ability to troubleshoot technical and logistical issues
  • Understanding of multiple delivery modes and formats for distributing video for diverse client needs
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within deadlines and competing priorities with strong attention to detail
  • Familiarity and comfort with Macintosh and Windows operating systems and software, and Google Suite tools
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a diverse and collaborative environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree or higher and 3 years relevant experience in digital media production, broadcasting, or a closely related field
  • Significant experience editing with Final Cut Pro X
  • 3-5 years working with non-linear digital video editing systems
  • Expertise creating motion graphics and designing digital video effects in programs such as Motion and After Effects
  • Expertise in audio production and using software such as Logic and ProTools
  • Experience working with green screens and ChromaKey technology
  • Experience with graphic design software applications
  • Advanced photographic knowledge and experience
  • Experience with streaming video solutions
  • Working knowledge of graphic design principles with ability to conceptualize compelling visuals to support multimedia project
  • Knowledge of online and blended learning instructional design principles
  • Experience working in higher education, particularly in roles supporting faculty
  • Interest in data science and computing

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Additional Information

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see  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 and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.


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 any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Decision Making Process

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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