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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 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.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan (U-M) is seeking a qualified Design Manager to join a creative, talented and entrepreneurial team within the Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) that is shaping the digital learning landscape at U-­M and beyond. Design Managers are skillful project managers who facilitate the scoping, design, and development of online courses and a wide range of academic innovation projects. This position works to support the launch of new digital learning initiatives through project facilitation and partnership with the world ­class faculty of the University of Michigan. The Design Manager position reports to the Design Management Lead.

About Us

The Center for Academic Innovation is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, tools for learning, and educational data and research, the center aims to shape the future of learning and redefine the role of the public research university by extending academic excellence, expanding public purpose, and ending educational privilege.

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

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

For more information, please visit our website: Academic Innovation.


  • Apply project management, communication, relationship management, design, quality assurance, and consultative skills to collaborate with faculty, course teams, administrators, vendors and other stakeholders.
  • Work with CAI colleagues and partners to design and develop critical documentation and project elements, including but not limited to: design plans, strategies, and goals, timelines, faculty resources, online learning materials, and marketing language.
  • 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.
  • Oversee the timely execution and consistency of deliverables 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.
  • Facilitate project handoff and knowledge transfer across the CAI portfolio.
  • Organize and build project elements into learning platforms.
  • Contribute to on-campus and external conversations about CAI’s work and provide consultative support to potential partners on new ideas and proposals

Required Qualifications*

  • 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
  • Familiarity with: Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), online degrees and hybrid programs, Open Educational Resources (OER), Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Coursera, Canvas, edX and other educational platforms
  • Ability to manage workload under time constraints and conflicting demands
  • 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
  • Understanding of copyright and accessibility regulations in a higher education setting
  • Enthusiasm for technology-enhanced learning in the context of a public residential research university
  • Significant fluency with work productivity and organization principles and tools

Desired Qualifications*

  • 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
  • Experience in a research-focused university 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
  • Demonstrated experience with work productivity and project management principles

Additional Information

This is not a remote position, however, due to COVID-19, the responsibilities of this role will be performed remotely until notified.

The salary for this position will be based upon the selected candidate’s education and experience.

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see

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 are 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.