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Note: This is a 5 year term limited position with the possibility of renewal depending on funding.
The Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan is seeking a qualified Partnership Manager to identify and explore new opportunities and partnerships to enable our online learning strategy and engage millions of learners around the world and on campus. As a Partnership Manager, you will help implement a strategy for developing key partnerships on campus and beyond by bringing new collaborators and content into our open learning portfolio and expanding the impact and reach of our open content as well as hybrid or online learning programs through new external partnership models. This role is an opportunity to work with schools and colleges within the University of Michigan as well as external organizations to identify alignment between their strategic priorities and learning innovation, help grow the adoption of Michigan Online content and the development of associated learning communities, and work closely with experts in many domains to bring new initiatives forward. The Partnerships Manager will report to the Strategic Partnerships Lead/Director of Open Learning Initiatives.
Expanding the Open Learning Portfolio on Michigan Online
Work closely with colleagues to research, identify and build on opportunities for new audiences, partnerships, content areas, and learner communities
Conduct and coordinate pipeline conversations with faculty innovators and potential collaborators from exploratory to mobilization phases. Scope and assist in the development of forward new open learning initiative proposals with faculty and internal teams for short form content, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and MOOC series.
Collaborate with OLI and wider AI teams to develop a foundational infrastructure and set of processes, protocols, and resources to track and support pre-proposal conversations, track and evaluate metrics for the sourcing process
Collaborate with the Research & Development team as needed to gather and develop insights from analytics, surveys, and focus group data to inform platform/product strategy and help develop impactful experiences for multiple audiences
Apply project management and administrative skills for the tracking and documentation of pre-proposal and pipeline conversations
Growing Adoption of Open Content, Hybrid Programs, or Online Degrees
Support strategies for Michigan Online platform adoption, engagement, and growth; and increase engagement among UM students, alumni, faculty and staff who might use Michigan Online as a source for lifelong learning, curriculum supplements, and professional development
Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with prospective external partners to adopt Michigan Online content aligned with their organizations’ learning and development goals
Build and maintain a range of presentation tools to facilitate potential partners’ understanding of our offerings
Work cross-functionally with Marketing, R&D, Course Operations, Design Management, Learning Experience Design, and Media teams to identify and tell stories about the evolution and impact of the portfolio and associated learning communities.
Co-create storytelling resources (presentation slide decks, email templates, blog posts, case studies etc) to generate partner interest and support positive relationships
Support the development of a partner (e.g. industry and nonprofits) onboarding process to courses and other learning opportunities on Michigan Online
2+ years of business development, account management, or consultative experience, or 3+ years of related education
Knowledge of trends and pedagogical practices in technology, innovation, and higher education. Familiarity with: Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Educational Resources (OER), Learning Management Systems (LMS) like edX, Coursera, Canvas, and other educational platforms.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups at all levels within the University and ability to manage collaborative academic partnerships.
Demonstrated initiative, independent judgment, diplomacy, and service-oriented attitude
Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Excellent team and communication skills
Excellent attention to detail
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to work well in a multicultural and collaborative environment
Skill in promoting diversity and inclusion and bringing an equity focus to our work
Project management experience
Ability to synthesize complex observations and frameworks into actionable insights
Experience supervising students in the context of digital education, higher education, or equivalent.
Familiarity or interest in market research, and willingness to work with CAI’s Research and Development team if appropriate
This is not a remote position, however, due to COVID-19, the responsibilities of this role will be performed remotely until notified.
The salary for this position will be based upon the selected candidate’s education and experience.
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.
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.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.