Hospital wants leader with social abilities

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 November, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 November, 2004, 12:00am

If you are as happy attending fund-raising and social programmes as providing polished, administrative, human resources and internal audit support to a board of directors, a major charitable organisation providing medical, education, welfare and emergency relief services to the community wants a replacement chief executive to head its board.

Founded as a convalescent hospital in 1973, the Yan Chai Hospital is a general medical centre with 715 beds and more than 1,700 staff. The hospital has founded 13 schools and more than 40 organisations to serve children, adolescents and the elderly.

The responsibilities of this prestigious and senior post are many and varied. They range from managing the daily operation of the institution to assisting the board of directors with policy implementation and achieving Yan Chai's yearly and three-yearly goals, according to chief executive of the hospital's board of directors Alfred Wong.

Overseeing the delivery of social services, comprising 40 service units and manned by 1,200 staff, is another facet of this role, as is overseeing the delivery of education services to 13 affiliated schools and their 750 staff.

Other essential duties include improving staff productivity and service quality, enhancing the image of Yan Chai and providing executive training - especially for department heads, Mr Wong said.

The incumbent must be prepared to impart advice to the board of directors on how to achieve Yan Chai's goals.

Whoever takes on this role must be positive and effective and have good interpersonal and communication skills.

Plenty of initiative and a broad management capability will also help candidates get a foot in the door.

Candidates should be computer literate, highly proficient in spoken and written English and Cantonese, and be degree-holders.

Applicants are also required to have at least 15 years' management experience, Mr Wong said.

Of this, at least five years should have been in a senior management position.

'Experience in working at large-scale organisations or non-governmental organisations will be advantageous,' he said.

Specific know-how is also in demand, such as a good knowledge of the local education, social services and/or health care requirements and operations.

If you are excellent at management systems, unfazed by co-operation with the mass media, and a dab hand at financial planning and staff development, you could be in with a chance of becoming the organisation's next chief executive.

The successful candidate will be offered a three-year contract and a salary commensurate with their experience and qualifications.