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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. Candidates are required to provide a diverse portfolio of previous work and/or a demo-reel. Please include context/involvement in how you were affiliated with the work within that portfolio.

Note: This is a 5 year term limited position with the possibility of renewal depending on funding.

Job Summary

The Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan is seeking a qualified Media Designer to develop compelling content in support of online and advancing residential educational experiences. This position will work within a team environment to collaboratively design and create video and other audio/visual media content. The efforts of the team support new digital learning initiatives through collaboration with world-class faculty at the University of Michigan. The work is both creative and cerebral, pairing the skillset of the Media Designer with the academic material of the faculty, and the schools and colleges within the University of Michigan. This position will work closely with other members of the Media Design Team as well as other teams in the Center for Academic Innovation. Ideal candidates actively embrace challenges, thrive on solving tough problems, have a skillset in creating amazing work in an independent setting, work well within a diverse team of creatives, artists and academics, and demonstrate a passion for online education and how it is impacting the future of higher education. This position may entail occasional non-standard work hours, such as evenings or weekends.This position will report to the Media Design & Production Lead.

Who We Are

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

Responsibilities*

  • Collaborate with Faculty and Design teams to identify opportunities to incorporate multimedia and video components in support of online and residential education initiatives.
  • Conceptualize, create, and prepare media of different styles including but not limited to: lectures, screencasts, demonstrations, dramatizations, documentaries, tutorials, graphics, animations, and live webcasts.
  • Write and edit scripts for video content as needed, either individually or as a member of a team.
  • Set up and operate cameras, lighting equipment, audio, teleprompter, wireless microphones and other related audio/video equipment during studio and field recording sessions.
  • Provide consistent coaching and support for presenters during lecture recording sessions.
  • Using appropriate techniques and effects, edit raw video, select music, design graphics and/or digital video effects in order to create a quality, creative, finished product.
  • Ensure timely delivery of high-quality content to vendor platforms and other partners.
  • Ensure necessary compliance to Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), copyright, permission and licensing processes.
  • Contribute to content quality control evaluation and oversight.
  • Assist with additional video related work and responsibilities as needed.
  • Provide expertise in webcasting, video production and editing as needed.

Required Qualifications*

  • Ability to work well in a diverse and collaborative environment.
  • Associate’s degree in Broadcasting, Filmmaking, Motion Graphics, or relevant experience in digital media production, broadcasting, or closely related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles, practices, techniques, technology and standards of videography and audio production.
  • Strong customer management skills and ability to create solutions that meet customer and organization’s needs.
  • Experience operating production equipment, post-production equipment, and non-linear editing software.
  • Experience shooting on location as well as in-studio video. Ability to troubleshoot technical and logistical issues.
  • Ability to work remotely supporting synchronous video recordings as needed.
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and decision making abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within deadlines and competing priorities with strong attention to detail.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher and 3 years relevant experience in digital media production, broadcasting, or closely related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Significant experience editing with Final Cut Pro X.
  • Expertise creating motion graphics and designing digital video effects in programs such as Motion, Adobe After Effects, or other applications.
  • Experience working with green screens and chromakey technology.
  • Experience with graphic design software applications.
  • Advanced photographic knowledge and experience.
  • Experience working in higher education, particularly in roles supporting faculty.
  • Demonstrated ability to capture, engineer, mix and master complex multi-track audio recordings.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in refined and efficient editing of dialogue.
  • Significant experience writing and developing scripts.
  • Comfort in identifying and experimenting with innovative modalities and technology

Additional Information

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. Individuals from groups historically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

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

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see benefits.umich.edu/

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. 

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

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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