Media Designer

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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 you will align with your career aspirations and skills. You are also required to provide a diverse portfolio of previous work and a demo reel. Please describe your affiliation with the works shown in your portfolio. Additionally, please submit all materials as one file because of system limitations.

What You'll Do

The Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan is looking for a qualified Media Designer (MD) to join CAI Creative Studios and develop compelling multimedia content to support online and residential educational experiences. You will work within a team to collaboratively design video and other audio/visual content. The Media Designer supports digital learning initiatives through collaboration with world-class faculty at the University of Michigan. You will report to the Media Design and Production Lead, and will work with other members of the Media Design Team and other teams within the Center for Academic Innovation. You embrace challenges, excel at solving tough problems, demonstrate a passion for online education, and work well within a diverse team of artists and academics.

Who We Are

About the Center for Academic Innovation

The Center for Academic Innovation is where creativity 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 promote an engaged and informed society.

About Creative Studios

CAI Creative Studios helps online learning experiences come alive for millions of learners around the world. With top-end production facilities on campus, we are a vital resource to ensure that faculty get the support and coaching they need throughout the production of multimedia elements for online learning experiences. Our team helps faculty through the production process so they can focus on what they do best: delivering life-changing education to millions of learners around the world.

For more information, please visit our website: Academic Innovation


  • Collaborate with faculty and project design teams to produce multimedia assets to support online and residential education initiatives.
  • Conceptualize, create, and prepare media of different styles, including: lectures, screencasts, demonstrations, dramatizations, documentaries, tutorials, graphics, animations, and live webcasts.
  • Operate cameras, lighting equipment, audio, teleprompter, wireless microphones, and other related audio/video equipment during studio and field recording sessions.
  • Provide coaching and support for faculty partners during lecture studio recording sessions.
  • Using stylistically appropriate techniques and effects, edit raw video, select music, and design graphics and digital video effects to create high-quality, creative final products.
  • Ensure delivery of content to vendor platforms and other partners.
  • Write and edit scripts for video content, either individually or as a member of a team.
  • Ensure necessary compliance to Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), copyright, permission and licensing processes.
  • Contribute to content quality control evaluation and oversight.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree and 2-3 years of relevant experience in digital media production, broadcasting, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Work well in a diverse and collaborative environment, with an ability to create solutions that meet the needs of both the customer and the organization.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in refined and efficient editing of dialogue.
  • Organizational abilities.
  • Experience shooting on location and in-studio video. Advanced experience with technical and logistical issues.
  • Expertise creating motion graphics and designing digital video effects in programs such as Motion, Adobe After Effects, or other graphic design software applications.
  • Capture, engineer, mix and master complex multi-track audio recordings.
  • Experience working with green screens and chroma key technology.
  • Experience writing and developing scripts.
  • Experience working in higher education, particularly in roles supporting faculty.

Additional Information

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

You may have occasional non-standard work hours, such as evenings or weekends.

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

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

Excellent benefits are available. For details, see

Salary Information

The general salary range for this position is $57,000 - $62,000. You can expect to be paid a great compensation package. Factors used to determine salary include experience for the position and internal equity within the unit. You are encouraged to discuss salary questions to honor agreement and transparency throughout the recruiting process.

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 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.

Organizational Statement on Harassment

We believe all individuals deserve to be treated with respect and have the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes mutual respect and a safe space for collaboration. Any concerns shared with Individuals with Reporting Obligations in the Center for Academic Innovation will be reported to the Equity, Civil Rights, & Title IX Office to be reviewed and addressed, and the Center for Academic Innovation encourages reporting of any forms of harassment including sexual and gender-based harassment.

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.