Copyright and Accessibility Assistant

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 How to Apply

A cover letter and resume are important submissions for the hiring team to get a sense of your experience. In the cover letter, in two pages or less, please let us know how this role aligns with your career aspirations and skill set. Submit both a cover letter and resume as one file (because of system limitations).


What You Will Do

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) at the University of Michigan (U-M) is looking for a qualified Copyright & Accessibility Assistant to help schools and faculty navigate the copyright and accessibility requirements for online and hybrid degree programs. In this position, you will grow your experience working on copyright and accessibility issues in the online education landscape through hands-on review of content being used across online and hybrid degree programs. You will be an important contributor in expanding the capabilities of CAI to achieve our vision of expanding U-M's educational offerings through new online degree programs. You will report to the Senior Copyright and Policy Specialist. While you will be a member of the Operations Team, you will work with other teams across CAI, including the Design Management, Learning Experience Design, and Online Hybrid Program teams.

About the Center for Academic Innovation

The Center for Academic Innovation is where creativity, excellence, and the University of Michigan’s aspirations for societal impact combine to reimagine the future of higher education. Through curricular innovation, educational data and research, and educational technology, we position U-M as a global leader in academic innovation to create and inspire change in higher education and to reinforce an engaged and informed society.


About the Operations Team

The Operations team works to ensure the staff at the Center and its partners can design the future of education for a global community. We work on issues of financial management, compliance, intellectual property, data privacy and more within our online learning experiences and portfolio of educational technology solutions while also supporting the day-to-day operation of the center itself. We also support the growth and professional development of the Center through talent management and organizational development.



  • Review third-party materials, including images, readings, and videos, used in online learning initiatives for compliance with copyright law

  • Document copyright information and accompanying rationale for online and hybrid degree programs that are in development or are being reiterated

  • Provide up-to-date guidance on digital accessibility issues in online and hybrid degree programs

  • Evaluate course content for conformance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and ensure the content meets CAI’s and U-M’s minimum visual accessibility standards (e.g., formatting, color contrast, captioning margins, hyperlinks, tables, etc.)

  • Liaise with content creation experts (e.g., faculty members, Media Designers, Design Managers) from schools across U-M in partnership with CAI to address copyright and digital accessibility issues

  • Provide project status updates and feedback in order to prevent, address, or escalate concerns

  • Find openly licensed content for use in courses, including content that is licensed under a Creative Commons license

  • Review tools used in online and hybrid programs for potential copyright, accessibility, and other compliance related issues

  • Assist with copyright and accessibility training, workshop, and resource development for schools who are developing or reiterating online and hybrid degree programs


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent related experience

  • Interest in learning about and addressing copyright and digital accessibility issues common to online learning environments (existing knowledge or experience with these subjects is not required)

  • Willingness to build expertise in copyright law and accessibility best practices and to keep those skills updated

  • Some experience managing a variety of complex projects, working set time frames, and balancing multiple assignments

  • Some experience conveying information orally and in writing with different audiences

  • Comfort with promoting a professional, team-oriented environment with a commitment to customer service, collaboration, and confidentiality 

  • Intermediate-level, hands-on experience with spreadsheet and slide deck software, especially Google Sheets and Google Slides


Additional Information

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

This is not a remote position and any adjustments to a standard in-person schedule will be discussed during the hiring process.

Applicants must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

The annual salary range for this position is $55,000-$60,000, based upon the selected candidate’s education and experience.

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is committed to inclusion in our organizational work, culture, climate, and the products we create. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse team as a reflection of our commitment to our work designing equitable and inclusive learning and work environments that are necessary for the university community to make progress on solving societal challenges. CAI draws on each of our team member’s unique backgrounds and experiences to guide our everyday work in the center, and our team collaborates with students, staff, and faculty on projects that center our commitment to DEIJ work. All interested applicants, including those from groups historically marginalized by educational privilege, are encouraged to apply.


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.

Decision Making Process

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

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.