Design Manager Fellowship

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is offering a 2022-2023 Academic Year fellowship opportunity that is available to all University of Michigan undergraduates and graduate students. You can read more about CAI and its guiding principles by visiting

Who we’re looking for:

We’re looking for a driven, detail-oriented, and creative fellow to support the project management of online learning experiences within the portfolio of academic innovation projects at the Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan. The fellow should have interest in or familiarity with Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Educational Resources (OER), and/or Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Coursera, FutureLearn, or edX. The ideal candidate will be available for the fellowship for the full 2022-2023 Academic Year (Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 semesters).


Center for Academic Innovation Mission & Principles

  • Extend Academic Excellence
  • Expand Public Purpose
  • End Educational Privilege


We are designing the future of learning through research, innovation, experimentation, and iteration. We believe an informed, peaceful, equitable, and empowered society is dependent on learners everywhere adopting a learning lifestyle, and educational institutions creating and disseminating new knowledge to provide sustainable solutions to:

  • advance learning,
  • facilitate problem solving,
  • foster equity and inclusivity, and
  • increase access and affordability.


We need new modes of teaching, learning, and connecting in an increasingly digital society. We must challenge how we define expertise by connecting scholars with engaged citizens and by bridging the gap between digital and physical communities. We must create new opportunities for learners to engage with educational content. This fellowship aims to help bridge that gap through supporting the design management of online learning experiences.


The fellow will assist the Design Managers in scoping, designing, and developing a wide range of online learning initiatives, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), online and hybrid degree courses, Teach-Outs, and other Short Form projects. You can explore our project portfolio on Michigan Online. Depending on availability, interest and skill set, the fellow may dive deeper into certain aspects of the course development process and may assist with other project-related tasks and side projects. 


We’re looking forward to working with the student fellow to identify their skill set and interests in order to further scope their role within the Design Management team. Some of the core tasks associated with this role could be:

  • Draft project timelines and track development progress
  • Assist in ensuring thoughtful and consistent alignment of projects as they pertain to current policies and practices across multiple domains, including copyright, privacy, and accessibility
  • Build content into Learning Management Systems (e.g. Coursera, FutureLearn, etc.)
  • Attend and participate in design meetings with faculty, external partners, and/or other CAI team members
  • Coordinate policy documentation, such as release and waiver forms
  • Contribute to design strategy alongside the project’s lead Design Manager
  • Collaborate with an array of CAI teams (Design Management, Media Design, Learning Experience Design, etc.) to accomplish the above
  • Help share the work of the Design Management team across U-M and beyond
  • Contribute to CAI’s culture of innovation by supporting experimentation across your work

Educational Value:

Gain experience working within a dynamic, fast-paced team environment working to foster a culture of innovation across higher education. Develop communication and project management skills by working with a diverse group of professionals, across different disciplines, to develop and maintain high-quality educational experiences. The Fellow will build or strengthen technical, organizational, communications, and reporting skills. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Coursework or experience in liberal arts, project management, instructional design, information technology, educational technology, business, or a related field
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects at the same time, balancing priorities and goals accordingly
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment
  • Emotional intelligence skills to manage complex relationships
  • Strong attention to detail and excellence at tasks that require specific processes
  • Strong commitment to problem solving, teamwork, and the ability to act independently
  • Interest in being exposed to subject matter close to and far away from your comfort zone
  • Proficiency in Google Workspace (specifically Google Docs, Sheets, Slides)


Hours: 10-15 hours per week (flexible hours)

Pay: Undergraduate $17/hr, Graduate $20/hr, PhD/JD $23/hr

Start Date: Fall 2022 (flexible)

End Date: April 2023


Deadline for Applications: Ongoing (candidate will start in Fall 2022 semester)

If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter to

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