Project Manager

United Kingdom
23 May 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Jun 2019
Contract Type

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan (U-M) is seeking a qualified Project Manager to join a creative, talented and entrepreneurial team within the Office of Academic Innovation that is shaping the digital learning landscape at U-­M and beyond.

Academic Innovation (AI) is a strategic priority for the University of Michigan. Through curricular innovation, leadership in learning analytics and personalization at scale, AI aims to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university by unlocking new opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world.

The Project Manager position reports to the Associate Director of Design Management, and collaborates with faculty and content experts, learners, administrators, vendors, and other stakeholders. A Project Manager manages the scoping, design, and development of online courses and other learning initiatives at AI to deliver high-­quality learning experiences.


enjoy the prospect of working with a very diverse set of thinkers who come from U-M’s nineteen schools

have a great interest in being exposed to subject matter close to and far away from your comfort zone

actively embrace challenges, thrive on solving tough problems, demonstrate passion about digital and blended education and how it impacts the future of higher education

enjoy working within a dynamic, fast ­paced team environment

relish working with multiple complex projects at the same time, balancing priorities and goals accordingly

find it rewarding to translate complex processes and ideas for diverse audiences throughout the lifespans of various projects

This position is an exciting role, working within a startup environment to develop, support and launch new digital learning initiatives through collaboration with the world ­class faculty of the University of Michigan.

Note: We encourage any and all interested individuals to apply for this position; however, this position is not eligible for immigration or work visa sponsorship.


Apply project management, communication, design, quality assurance, and consultative skills to collaborate with faculty, course teams, and media designers.

Work with AI colleagues and partners to design and develop critical documentation and project elements, including but not limited to: design plans, strategies, and goals, personas, timelines, faculty resources, online learning materials, and marketing language.

Manage and align many diverse perspectives, including those of faculty partners, external partners and collaborators, AI colleagues, and other U-M and external stakeholders.

Oversee the timely execution and consistency of project deliverables.

Ensure thoughtful and consistent alignment of projects with current practices in design thinking, copyright, accessibility, and data access policy.

Facilitate project handoff and knowledge transfer across the AI portfolio.

Lead and organize meetings, workshops, events, and brainstorms.

Coordinate with external contractors, vendors, temporary personnel, etc., to administer support services for online education.

Contribute to on-campus and external conversations about digital learning, design, and research; provide consultative support to potential partners on new ideas and proposals; and connect innovators with available AI and other university resources to tackle unsolved problems.

Raise awareness about the work of AI and academic innovation in higher education more broadly, and network with peer institutions to advance common causes.

Required Qualifications*

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

Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills demonstrated in a leadership context

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

Ability to manage workload under time constraints and conflicting demands

Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment

High emotional intelligence for complex relationship management

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 campus­wide goals/priorities and infrastructure

Understanding of copyright regulations in a higher education setting

Understanding of accessibility regulations and related tools and techniques e.g. video captioning, descriptive audio, screen readers

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

Significant fluency with work productivity and organization tools (e.g. Google tools, MS Office, etc.)

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree and 3 or more years of related experience (educational technology, instructional design, educational project management, information science, or consulting) or equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience in a research-focused university setting

Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques, technology and standards of digital media production

Pedagogical knowledge of online and hybrid teaching, including instructional design theory and blended delivery

Demonstrated experience with project management tools (e.g., MS Project, Teamwork, Gantt charts)

Additional Information

Please Note:

This position is a 3 year term limited position

This position is not eligible for immigration or work visa sponsorship

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.

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