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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.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan is seeking an Associate Director for Media Technology & Innovation. This role will provide leadership regarding media innovation, and reports to the Director for Learning Experience Design and Media Design. This new role will lead the support for the Lab facility at the Office of Academic Innovation, manage critical relationships with centralized units such as U-M Information Technology Services, and will consult with academic units across the University of Michigan as those units build their video capacity. This role will supervise our media technology team, and our media design team. This role will work closely with AI’s technology team, media designers, design managers, and other relevant stakeholders on campus to provide an exceptional approach to media innovation, video management and production through consultation, sharing expertise, experimentation, and strategic innovation. We are looking for a talented leader with exceptional technical and people skills.


You have experience in a wide range of video environments, in industry, education, and independently. You have the ability to communicate effectively across departments, and explain options and decision points in a digestible manner. You are a diplomat and a good listener. You enjoy thinking about how artists and technicians can work together to create an environment that is welcoming to faculty, efficient for staff, reliable, and innovative. You understand that different units will have different budgets, and can help those units to design systems that meet their needs. You are flexible in your approach, and embrace the dynamism of working in a unit that is growing. You are interested in working with central units on projects that serve the entire university, and also on bespoke solutions when the need arises. You enjoy working in diverse teams and mentoring team members. You may be a video producer, and if so, your portfolio reflects productions that are educational, elegant, and inspiring.


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


  • Attract, motivate and retain passionate teams; drive clarity of roles, professional development, operational excellence, creativity, innovation and continuous improvement
  • Lead the Media Technology team responsible for infrastructure, media production computers, edit suites, studios, field equipment, storage systems, and archiving system
  • Lead the Media Design team responsible for creating video and other media assets to support exceptional online learning experiences
  • Leads dissemination and knowledge sharing activities to engage campus, national and global communities in discussions around media innovation and technology
  • Create and manage a media and technology student fellows’ program
  • Lead collaborative R&D efforts to drive innovation in media design and technology
  • Help create systems and processes necessary for exemplary design-intensive initiatives to launch and scale
  • Provide expert advice to academic unit partners as they further develop their media design and technology capabilities
  • Oversee management of physical spaces related to media production
  • Oversee the implementation of Media Asset Management
  • Develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with Information Technology Services, the Duderstadt Center, and other internal and external partners

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, Master’s preferred, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years’ experience supporting media production in a senior role
  • Experience providing consultation services
  • Experience evaluating and communicating technical risks and benefits of differing video solutions
  • Experience managing teams
  • Demonstrated ability to manage diverse expectations
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and thrive in an environment with rapidly changing requirements and priorities
  • Proven skill and ability with managing multi­phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among team members and balance multiple concurrent priorities.

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

NOTE: This is a five-year, term-limited position.

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.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime 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.