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Executive Housekeeper


Performs any combination of light/general cleaning duties to maintain the President’s House at the University of Florida in a clean and orderly manner.  Utilizes familiarity of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within the field.  Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Exercises a certain degree of creativity and latitude.  Typically reports to the President of the University of Florida or one of his/her staff members.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Carry/transport linens, towels, toilet items, and cleaning supplies; may use wheeled cart
  • Change sheets and towels; make beds
  • Disinfect furniture, furnishings, equipment, and supplies, using germicides or steam-operated sterilizers
  • Clean rooms, hallways, restrooms, stairways, and other living areas so that health standards are met
  • Wash dishes and clean kitchens, refrigerators, ovens, other appliances, cooking utensils, and silverware; return clean dishes to cupboard
  • Empty wastebaskets and recycling receptacles, empty and clean ashtrays, and transport other trash and waste to disposal areas
  • Clean and disinfect toilets, sinks, basins, showers, tubs, and mirrors
  • Remove mold and mildew from surfaces
  • Observe precautions required to protect property and report damage, theft, and found articles to supervisor and/or president
  • Polish silver accessories and metalwork, such as fixtures and fittings
  • Replenish supplies, such as drinking glasses, linens, writing supplies, and bathroom items (including soap and toilet paper)
  • Sort clothing, line, towels, and other articles; load washing machines and driers; wash, fold, and iron dried items; store items in closets and/or drawers
  • Clean rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, curtains, and draperies using vacuum cleaners and shampooers
  • Dust and polish furniture, furnishings, shelves, equipment
  • Keep storage areas and carts well-stocked, clean, and tidy
  • Wash windows, walls, ceilings, baseboards, and woodwork, waxing and polishing as necessary
  • Request repair services and wait for repair workers to arrive; monitor status of maintenance requests
  • Sweep, scrub, wax, or polish floors, using brooms, mops, or powered scrubbing and waxing machines
  • Sort, count, and mark clean linens and store them in linen closets
  • Prepare rooms for meetings, banquets, and/or other social/business functions; set up, arrange, or remove decorations, media equipment, furniture (including tables and chairs), and furnishings
  • Run miscellaneous errands, including (but not limited to) taking laundry to the cleaners, buying groceries, and paying bills
  • Drive vehicle in performance of official duties
  • Remove debris from entrances, sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, garages, lawn and swimming pool areas
  • Sweep entrances, sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas, garages, and swimming pool areas
  • Clean spills and other hazards with appropriate equipment
  • Clean up after pets
  • Move and arrange furniture and furnishings
  • Turn mattresses, plump pillows, and change cushions
  • Lift and move lightweight objects and equipment
  • Purchase or order groceries and household supplies (including cleaning supplies) to keep kitchen and pantry stocked
  • Record expenditures; maintain records, and submit reports pertaining to supplies and equipment
  • Hang draperies and dust window blinds
  • Deliver items to guests’ and residents’ rooms
  • Care for visiting or resident children or elderly persons by overseeing their activities, providing companionship, and assisting them with dressing, bathing, eating, and other needs
  • Plan menus and cook and serve meals and refreshments following president’s instructions or own methods; prepare snacks
  • Provide directions to catering and/or florist personnel
  • Monitor President’s House security and safety by performing tasks such as locking doors or checking electrical appliance use to ensure that hazards are not created
  • Report hazardous situations to the president and/or supervisor immediately
  • Replace light bulbs and perform other simple maintenance activities
  • Maintain all cleaning equipment and materials in a safe and sanitary working condition
  • Answer and direct telephone calls
  • Answer doorbells; greet and announce visitors to the household
  • Refresh flower vases
  • Dispose of expired food and condiments in refrigerator
  • Organize cabinets and cupboards

Education and Experience

High school diploma (or equivalent) and four (4) years of experience in the field or in a related area; appropriate vocational/technical training or college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience

Licensure and Certification

Valid Florida driver license


  • Works under general supervision
  • Does not directly supervise others

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