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Executive Housekeeper

Executive housekeepers manage the housekeeping and laundry departments in hotels, motels and institutions such as hospitals and schools.

  • Avg. Salary $43,259.00
  • Avg. Wage $22.63
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook N/A
Also Known As

Caretaker, Hotel Housekeeper, Housekeeper

NOC & Interest Codes
The Executive Housekeeper is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Executive Housekeepers
NOC code: 6213
METHODICAL

Interest in co-ordinating information to establish and implement operational procedures; in co-ordinating the inspection of assigned areas to ensure that health regulations, safety standards and departmental policies are being met; and in maintaining an inventory

DIRECTIVE

Interest in supervising staff; in selecting and purchasing equipment and supplies; and in arranging for maintenance and repair work of equipment and machinery

social

Interest in hiring and training staff

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 27, 2017

Executive housekeepers supervise personnel who clean the establishment and also may supervise in-house laundry services, maintenance and repair services, or dry cleaning and valet services.

Duties and responsibilities vary depending on the size and nature of the organization but, in general, executive housekeepers:

  • hire and train new personnel in their departments
  • schedule work hours and keep employee records
  • establish standards of housekeeping quality and safety, and ensure those standards are maintained
  • choose the most suitable cleaning materials for different types of linens, furniture, flooring and other surfaces
  • supervise staff and do performance appraisals.

In hospitals and other health care facilities, executive housekeepers are particularly concerned with preventing the spread of infection.

Executive housekeepers also may:

  • prepare and manage housekeeping department budgets
  • develop in-service housekeeping training programs
  • maintain inventories and order supplies and furnishings
  • recommend options for painting, furnishings, repairs, relocating equipment and reallocating space.

In smaller establishments, executive housekeepers may help housekeeping staff when required.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 27, 2017

Executive housekeepers generally work standard office hours. Other working conditions depend on the type of institution in which they work (for example, a small nursing home or a luxury hotel).

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 27, 2017

Executive housekeepers need to possess:

  • good communication skills
  • strong organizational skills
  • an ability to make sound decisions quickly
  • excellent leadership and supervisory skills
  • a good eye for details
  • a desire to do precise work.

They should enjoy taking a methodical approach to co-ordinating information, supervising the work of others and working with people.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 27, 2017

Qualifications required for executive housekeepers vary from one employer to another and depend on the responsibilities of the position. A second language may be an asset.

Some executive housekeepers have worked their way up from cleaning positions. However, most employers prefer to hire high school graduates who have related post-secondary education and experience in administration, human resource management, housekeeping, quality control, chemistry or textiles (sewing). Training in health and safety is required.

Interested candidates can explore a wide variety of post-secondary education programs related to this field. These range from continuing and distance education courses to 2-year diploma programs and bachelor's degrees in health services administration or hospitality management. Prospective executive housekeepers are strongly advised to discuss their education options with executive housekeepers who work in the types of facilities that interest them.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Cypress College - Legion Campus

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 27, 2017

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

However, Tourism HR Canada (formerly the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council, or CTHRC) offers a voluntary Director of Housekeeping certification. Recognized across Canada, this training which leads to the Tourism Certified Manager (TCM) designation, is accessible from the emerit website.

Additional voluntary certification is also available from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEU). For example, they offer a home study program that leads to the Certified Hospitality Housekeeping Executive (CHHE) certification.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 27, 2017

Executive housekeepers are employed in:

  • hotels
  • motels
  • hostels
  • hospitals
  • nursing homes
  • sports and holiday resorts
  • cruise lines
  • other private and public institutions.

Advancement prospects are limited unless the executive housekeeper has or is willing to pursue post-secondary education related to administration and management.

In Alberta, 88% of people employed as executive housekeepers work in the following industries:

The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 27, 2017

Salaries vary widely in this occupation depending on the position responsibilities and the executive housekeeper's education and experience.

Executive housekeepers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6312: Executive housekeepers.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Executive housekeepers occupational group earned on average from $20.88 to $25.63 an hour. The overall average wage was $22.63 an hour. For more information, see the Executive housekeepers wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • Science
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Management and Marketing
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Tourism
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Business, Management and Administrative Studies
  • Human Ecology, Fashion and Food Sciences
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 27, 2017

Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association website: www.ahla.ca

American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) website: www.ahlei.org

emerit website: www.emerit.ca

Tourism HR Canada website: tourismhr.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 27, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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