Assistant executive housekeepers assist with the management and coordination of housekeeping operations. They are usually employed by hospitality companies and work in large hotels, casinos and resorts. Assistant executive housekeepers are responsible for ensuring hotel guest rooms, public spaces and employee areas are clean and well maintained.
Assistant executive housekeepers support the executive housekeeper and other cleaning supervisors in all duties of the housekeeping operation. Assistant executive housekeepers coordinate, schedule and supervise housecleaning staff, inspect building areas for proper cleaning, and inventory cleaning supplies. They provide on-the-job training, coordinate the housekeeping schedule and facilitate communications among guests, housekeeping staff and other hotel managers.
The core competencies required to carry out the responsibilities of an assistant executive housekeeper include advanced knowledge of the proper procedures for cleaning public areas and guest rooms, handling and removing trash, replenishing and proper placement of room amenities, removing stains, using chemical-based cleaning supplies and caring for furniture, carpets and floor areas. Applied expertise and working knowledge of general housekeeping codes, inventory management, and room status change procedures are also valuable competencies for assistant executive housekeepers.
Education and Experience
The position of assistant executive housekeeper requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent, in addition to two years of experience in housekeeping or a related professional area. Many hospitality companies will also hire individuals with no work experience but with a two-year degree from an accredited university in hotel and restaurant management, hospitality, business administration, or a related major. Assistant executive housekeeper positions are well suited for highly organized and detail-oriented individuals possessing leadership and relationship-building skills.
Assistant executive housekeepers derive their earnings from a combination of hourly wages and customer tips. Their annual earnings are largely dependent upon the size and sales volume of their employer, as well as their duties and responsibilities. According to SalaryList.com, the annual earnings of assistant executive housekeepers in the United States average $36,793 as of 2010.
The career advancement opportunities available to assistant executive housekeepers vary and depend on the size and nature of the hiring organization. Larger hospitality chains and newly built hotels may offer more opportunities for advancement than smaller, independently owned establishments. Assistant executive housekeepers may have to seek employment with a different company to advance their career. Career advancement may be accelerated through completion of certification programs offered by the International Executive Housekeepers Association.
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