An experienced NGO executive who wishes to make a difference would find abundant opportunity to shine in this challenging role. AIDS Concern, the first community-based organisation to respond to the local HIV/AIDS problem, seeks a new chief executive. 'The successful candidate is likely to find the position highly challenging but also fruitful and enjoyable,' said Virginia Ng, chairwoman, AIDS Concern. With a history of 15 years of steady growth, AIDS Concern is playing a unique role in Hong Kong and Guangdong province. The new chief would work closely with a board of directors that is seeking to take the organisation to a new level of development and maturity. 'The chief executive is responsible for leading AIDS Concern to strengthen community responses to AIDS through targeted outreach prevention for vulnerable groups and support services for people with HIV/AIDS,' Ms Ng said. The management of people and ideas is a major part of the multifaceted job. Proven leadership in programme planning, preferably in the health field, is essential. The management of money is another aspect of the job. Those in positions that involve financial management, including budgeting, performance monitoring and cost-effectiveness evaluation, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have solid networking and interpersonal skills to help the agency meet fund-raising goals. This is a career for a strong-minded individual who can stand up for his or her beliefs. 'Preferably, applicants would also have proven experience in advocacy on key HIV/AIDS issues at a municipal or national level,' Ms Ng said. The agency has no preset notions of where to find applicants, but candidates should have at least three years' experience as a senior executive in social welfare. 'They might be senior executives from other NGOs in Hong Kong or elsewhere in the region who are genuinely interested in the HIV/AIDS cause,' Ms Ng said.