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PacNet #7 – Pacific Forum Job Announcement

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2021.

The Honolulu-based Pacific Forum International is seeking applications for the position of Pacific Forum President. Applicants should have extensive policy-making, managerial, and leadership experience and expertise on security issues throughout the Indo-Pacific region. The position requires extensive travel, plus frequent speaking opportunities and writing proficiency. The Pacific Forum International is a fully independent, private, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit foreign policy research institute focusing on peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

Current  President Bob Girrier, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) notes that, “Having led the Forum during the transition to our original fully-independent status over the last several years, I’m particularly delighted to see our organization acknowledged in three distinct categories in an annual global think tank index report released last week: Ranking as one of the “2020 Top Think Tanks in the U.S.,” among the “2020 Best New Think Tanks” (worldwide), and one of “2020 Think Tanks With the Most Significant Impact on Public Policy” (worldwide). Pacific Forum is a vibrant team and impactful organization, steadily growing despite the challenges of pandemic we’ve all experienced over the past year. I look forward to passing the helm and seeing our growth continue while remaining on hand as a Board member, to assist my successor in whatever manner they desire.”

The Pacific Forum  ( was originally established in 1975 by RADM Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey, USN (ret) to “find a better way” of resolving conflict and building confidence among nations in the Indo-Pacific region; a mission it continues to grow today in its research, dialogues, publishing and next generation fellowship and young leader programs.

Applicants should provide an analytical assessment (800-1000 words) on a current security-related topic that demonstrates writing and analytical proficiency, along with a current CV and a statement of what they would bring to the Forum and his or her vision for the Forum’s future.

Starting salary range between $140,000 – $160,000. Start date on/about June 1, 2021 with involvement, once selected, in Pacific Forum activities prior to that date. Applications should be sent electronically to the Pacific Forum ([email protected]) no later than March 1, 2021. A selection committee will review all applications and make recommendations to the Pacific Forum Board of Directors which will make the final selection on or before March 31, 2021.

For additional information, please contact Bob Girrier ([email protected]) at 808-521-6745.