Director and Publisher, University of Hawai‘i Press

The University of Hawaiˈi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director and Publisher (Director) of the University of Hawai‘i Press (UH Press). The successful candidate has an exciting opportunity to lead UH Press as it continues to fulfill its mission of advancing and disseminating high-quality scholarship in the humanities and natural and social sciences in the Asia-Pacific region. The Director will work with current technologies and models to sustain scholarly communication at a time of tremendous change in publishing and bookselling. UH Mānoa has the strongest commitment to and investment in the study of Asia and the Pacific of any research university in the country, and the vibrant publishing activity of UH Press is an essential component of that investment.
UH Press was founded in 1947 and has grown from a largely regional press to one of the most respected publishers of Asian and Pacific studies titles in the world. Currently, UH Press publishes 60–70 new books and publishes and distributes 20 journals annually in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. It has more than 1,300 book titles in print, with sales in excess of $3 million annually.  In addition to publishing books and journals under its own imprints, UH Press markets and distributes a range of titles from local educational organizations, University departments, and scholarly and educational publishers in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Denmark, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, and New Zealand. Its international sales representation program, East-West Export Books, sells books throughout Asia and the Pacific for UH Press and 58 North American university presses and scholarly publishers.
Supervising 28 professionals, the Director oversees all planning, fiscal, editorial, production, marketing, sales, and fundraising activities of UH Press. The Director must be an innovative leader and communicator with a thorough understanding of the diverse challenges facing scholarly communications today—challenges that involve not only academic publishers, but also libraries, universities, scholars, and booksellers. In addition to supervising day-to-day operations and activities, the Director will be expected to advance UH Press’ development of electronic publishing, foster and enhance financial support from foundations and other sources, and work with University faculty and administrators to further the Press’ role in expanding the University’s academic objectives and reputation.
UH Mānoa is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the Pacific and belongs to an international community of research universities. It is the flagship campus of the UH System and enrolls more than 20,000 students.  UH Mānoa is one of the nation’s few land-, sea-, and space-grant institutions, and plays a vital role in serving Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific communities through education, research, outreach, and service. Many of the University’s fields of study relate directly to the distinctive geographical and cultural setting of Hawai‘i, an island community with diverse ecosystems and an exceptional diversity of cultures. For more information about UH Mānoa and UH Press, please go to and
Nominations, inquiries, and application information
Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on Friday, September 21, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by Friday, October 5, 2012.  Candidates must submit a cover letter summarizing their interest and qualifications for the position, a current resume, and the names of four (4) professional references, including title and contact information.  For a job description and search information, please go to E-mail correspondence/submittal is strongly encouraged. Please send materials to:
University of Hawaiˈi at Mānoa UHP Director Search
Attn: Michele Tom, Executive Search Coordinator
University of Hawaiˈi at Mānoa
2500 Campus Road, Hawaiˈi Hall 209
Honolulu, Hawaiˈi 96822
Phone: 808-956-9396 / Fax: 808-956-7115
 The University of Hawaiˈi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and encourages applications from and nominations of women and minority candidates.
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The Center for Pacific Islands Studies, in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies, is both an academic department and a larger home for initiatives that bring together people and resources to promote an understanding of the Pacific Islands and issues of concern to Pacific Islanders.