Media Asset Architect Lead

$80,000 - $87,000 yearly
  • University of Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Feb 14, 2023
Full time Information Technology Media-Journalism Technology

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 Media Asset Architect, Lead to play a critical role in optimizing both day-to-day digital asset operations and implementing strategic storage and retrieval systems for CAI’s online learning portfolio, XR initiatives and digital asset archives. As the Media Asset Manager, you will be responsible for administering several mission critical systems—including a media asset management system and an asset archiving and digital tape back-up system—and will function as the unit’s librarian, creating and maintaining documentation and procedures to increase efficiency of data infrastructure. In this role, you will work with Media Technology, Media Design, and XR teams in the creation and refinement of custom processes, applications, and software. You will be a main point of contact for several campus-wide enterprise solutions, and will be a thought leader who enables CAI to manage the evolving future of media production and data management. This role will report directly to the Associate Director of Media Design & Production.

Who We Are

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 Media Design and Production Team

The Media Design and Production team 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 video and audio production expertise, support, and coaching they need during the production of online courses. Our team helps faculty through the production process so they can focus on what they do best — deliver life-changing education to millions of learners around the world.

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


  • Implement, upgrade and maintain the software, hardware, and processes necessary to support the daily operation of CAI’s Media Asset Management systems, equipment, and processes
  • Collaboratively develop custom media asset workflows that leverage purpose-built software applications in order to increase productivity through process automation
  • Ensure security and availability of all CAI storage, back-up, and retrieval systems
  • Develop, implement, and maintain sustainable digital asset archiving and backup solutions
  • Ensure the continued operation and reliability of LTO Tape Systems and related software
  • Integrate existing University enterprise solutions/systems and other complimentary software into CAI processes where beneficial, such as the integration of the new University Digital Asset Management System (Widen)
  • Work with Media Technology and Media Design Teams to integrate commercial software with custom developed software applications for improving the efficiency, accuracy, and reliability of CAI Media Production and Asset Management processes
  • Work with Media Technology and Media Design Teams to ensure team-wide use and adoption of mission critical workflows, and data storage and retrieval processes
  • Remain current with industry best practices and up to date on technology trends to ready CAI’s asset systems for future needs and challenges

Additional Information

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

Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

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

Excellent benefits are available, for details, see

Salary Information

The general salary range for this position is $80,000 - $87,000. 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.

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.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job 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.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Systems Administration, Computer Science, Library and Information Sciences, or closely related field and four years of professional experience
  • Familiarity with media asset management (MAM) and digital asset management (DAM) systems
  • Familiarity with tape backup systems
  • Experience with API integration
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and process oriented abilities
  • Commitment to problem solving, teamwork, and the ability to act independently
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Ability to manage relationships with multiple stakeholders effectively and from a collaborative mindset
  • Working knowledge of networked storage and backup/archive systems processes
  • Experience supporting and working in complex media production environments
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent critical thinking and adaptability skills within a rapidly changing media environment
  • Positive attitude and collaborative mindset


Audio-Video Broadcast & Postproduction, Filing-Records Management, General-Other: Project-Program Management, IT Project Management, Technical Customer Service, University