Design Manager

$60,000 - $70,000 yearly
  • University of Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Oct 31, 2022
Full time Design Education

Job Description

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'll Do

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) at the University of Michigan (U-M) is seeking a qualified Design Manager to facilitate the scoping, design, and development of online courses and a wide range of academic innovation projects. Acting as a skillful project manager, this role works to create consensus and communicate clear decisions among stakeholders such as CAI colleagues and U-M faculty members, while utilizing a balance of relationship management, creative problem solving, and risk management. The Design Manager will report to the Design Management Lead.

Mission Statement

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.

Who We Are

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 Design Management Team

The Design Management team works as the project management arm within the online learning experience portfolio. We partner with our CAI colleagues, UM Faculty and Staff, and other internal and external stakeholders, to develop a wide range of online learning experiences, among other projects.For more information, please visit our website: Academic Innovation.


  • Manage projects related to the development of online courses by applying project management, relationship management, design, quality assurance, and consultative skills to collaborate with faculty, internal course teams, administrators, external instructional design vendors, platform partners, and other stakeholders.

  • Create, communicate, and manage expectations for project team members across initiative timelines, scope, budgetary elements, and resource allocation.

  • Work with CAI colleagues and partners to develop critical process documentation and project elements, including but not limited to: communication plans and timelines, faculty resources, online learning materials, and marketing language.

  • Manage and align diverse perspectives and relationships with faculty partners, external stakeholders, as well as U-M and CAI colleagues.

  • Manage project tasks and oversee the 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 projects.

  • Ensure thoughtful and consistent alignment of projects with current practices across multiple domains, including copyright and accessibility.

  • Coordinate policy documentation by executing Memorandums of Understanding, amendments, and release forms.

  • Hire and oversee students for individual projects, in consultation with faculty and school/college administration

  • Coordinate and manage financial project components, including expense reimbursements and budget management

  • Organize and build project elements into platforms and learning management systems.

  • Contribute to on-campus and external conversations about CAI’s work and provide consultative support to potential partners on new ideas and proposals.

Additional Information

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.

Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see

Salary Information

The general salary range for this position is $60,000 - $70,000. Candidates can expect to be paid a competitive and equitable salary. Factors used to determine salary include experience, knowledge and skills for the position and internal equity within the unit. All candidates are encouraged to discuss salary questions to honor alignment and transparency throughout the recruiting process.

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.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 or more years of related experience (project management, learning and development, educational technology, instructional design, information science, or consulting).

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills demonstrated in interactions with senior level professionals.

  • Ability to develop and manage processes in a cross-functional, collaborative work environment.

  • Proficiency in Google Workspace (specifically Google Docs, Sheets, Slides).

  • Ability to manage workload under time constraints and conflicting priorities.

  • Excellent critical thinking and adaptability skills within a consultative environment

  • Ability to work well in a multicultural setting. Proven ability to manage relationships with multiple stakeholders using a collaborative mindset.

  • 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 campus wide goals/priorities and infrastructure.

  • Enthusiasm for technology-enhanced learning in the context of a public residential research university.

  • Experience with work productivity and organization principles and tools, such as Trello.

  • 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.

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General-Other: Project-Program Management, IT Project Management, Project Management

Salary Information

$60,000.00 - $70,000.00