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Media Design and Production Lead

$72,000 - $80,000 yearly
  • University of Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • May 22, 2024
Full time Design General Management 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 at the University of Michigan is looking for a qualified Media Design and Production Lead to manage our Media Design team, a multimedia production group responsible for developing audio/visual content for online and residential educational experiences. You will combine managerial responsibilities with creative production tasks, involving mentorship and collaboration within a team to create high-quality video segments and other multimedia content for online and hybrid degree programs (OHPs). Ideal candidates excel at solving tough problems, demonstrate a passion for education, and work well within a diverse team of artists and academics. You will report to the Associate Director of Media Design and Production.

Mission Statement

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.

Organizational Statement on Harassment

We believe all individuals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity 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. 

Who We Are

About the Center for Academic Innovation

Through curricular innovation, tools for student success and equity, and educational research and analytics, the University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation is building the future of
education. Our vision is a future in which education connects and empowers learners everywhere to reach their full potential throughout their lives. To realize our vision, we make it our mission to collaborate across campus and around the world to create equitable, lifelong educational opportunities for learners everywhere.

About the Creative Studios Team

The Creative Studios Team helps online learning experiences come alive for millions of learners around the world. Our state-of-the-art production facilities, located on campus, are equipped with cutting-edge resources such as an LED volume for virtual production and extended reality (XR) projects. The Media Design team supports new digital learning initiatives through collaboration with world-class faculty at the University of Michigan. We provide essential technical support and performance coaching when producing multimedia pieces, allowing faculty to 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 


  • Supervise a team of Media Designers (MDs) and freelance contractors by managing assignments and work plans, overseeing project components, providing mentorship, and managing the administrative components of supervision such as time approvals and performance reviews
  • Facilitate communication and work across multiple teams within the organization and external partners, ensuring timely completion of multimedia assets for online and hybrid degree programs (OHPs)
  • Advise and consult with other team leads on specific topics related to the area of multimedia production, including the execution of related projects and work streams
  • Manage bandwidth across the Media Design team and freelance contractors; balance employee workloads as we continue to grow our portfolio
  • Work closely with other team leads to formulate, implement and interpret policies relevant to the domain and that may impact the Center more broadly
  • Manage and align diverse perspectives, including those of faculty partners, external partners and collaborators, CAI colleagues, and other U-M and external stakeholders and drive consensus to move projects forward
  • Conduct early consultations with instructors and project teams to develop multimedia plans for each project
  • Maintain a work environment that is respectful and encouraging of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) by setting clear expectations for behavior, as well as leading team and individual conversations
  • Responsibilities shared with other members of the Media Design team include:
    • Collaborate with faculty and design teams to identify opportunities to include multimedia elements in online and residential education initiatives
    • Conceptualize, create, and prepare media of different styles, including: lectures, screencasts, podcasts, promotional videos, demonstrations, dramatizations, documentaries, tutorials, graphics, animations, and live webcasts
    • Set up and operate cameras, lighting equipment, audio devices, teleprompters, wireless microphones, and other related audio/video equipment during studio and field recording sessions
    • Using appropriate techniques and effects, edit raw video, select music, and design graphics to create high-quality, creative, finished products
    • Provide coaching and support for presenters during lecture recording sessions
    • Ensure content quality and oversight of completed media assets, including compliance to accessibility, copyright, permissions, and licensing processes

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.

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

This position may entail occasional non-standard work hours, such as evenings or weekends.

The candidate 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 $72,000 - $80,000. Candidates can expect to be paid a competitive and equitable salary. Factors used to determine salary include education level, 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 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.


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of relevant experience in digital media production, broadcasting, or closely related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Ability to lead a creative team and prioritize competing demands
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles, practices, techniques, technology, and standards of video and audio production
  • Demonstrated expertise shooting on-location as well as in-studio video
  • Expertise operating post-production equipment and non-linear editing software
  • Working knowledge of graphic design principles with ability to conceptualize compelling visuals to support multimedia projects
  • Expertise creating motion graphics and designing digital video effects in programs such as Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects, and emerging software and technologies
  • Understanding of multiple delivery modes and formats for distributing video for diverse client needs
  • Experience with HD video workflows, storage, retrieval and archival
  • Comfort identifying and experimenting with innovative modalities and technologies
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving and decision-making abilities both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within deadlines with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • 5-10 years working with non-linear digital video editing systems and significant experience editing with Final Cut Pro
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an academic setting, particularly in roles supporting faculty designing instructional videos 


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