CE Instructor - Pet Grooming Program Assistant

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.
The Pet Grooming Program Assistant is an integral member of our educational team, dedicated to ensuring the smooth operation of the grooming program and assisting instructors, students, and clients in daily activities. This role blends administrative duties with hands-on support, contributing to a holistic, efficient, and student-centered learning environment.

  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions. 
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment. 
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success. 
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence. 


  1. Administrative Support: Assist with scheduling, student record maintenance, tool and supply inventory management, and any other administrative tasks required by the program.
  2. Classroom Assistance: Aid instructors during lessons by prepping materials, helping with demonstrations, and managing any required tech or equipment.
  3. Salon Maintenance: Ensure grooming stations are well-maintained, tools are sanitized, and the overall salon environment meets safety and hygiene standards.
  4. Student Support: Serve as a point of contact for student queries, guide them in practical exercises when necessary, and offer assistance with their grooming kits.
  5. Client Management: Help students coordinate with real-world clients, ensuring all necessary paperwork, such as vaccination records, are in order. Also, assist in managing any client-related issues or concerns in a professional manner.
  6. Externship Coordination: Help connect students with externship opportunities and liaise with professional grooming salons for placements.
  7. Event Assistance: Aid in organizing events such as guest speaker sessions, field trips, and workshops, ensuring they run smoothly.
  8. Continuous Learning: Stay updated with the latest grooming techniques, tools, and trends to provide current knowledge and insights to students and staff.
  9. Safety Oversight: Ensure all safety guidelines are followed in the salon, immediately addressing any potential hazards or issues.
  10. Feedback Collection: Regularly collect feedback from students about their learning experiences, aiding in the continual improvement of the program.
  • Represent the College in a positive manner to employees, students, visitors, and the general public.
  • Assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, staff, administrators and other contacts.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written communication.
  • Possess strong human relation skills and the ability to effectively relate to diverse personalities.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.   
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.


Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work.  Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.


  • Diploma or Certificate from a recognized Pet Grooming program.
  • Previous experience in pet grooming, with a focus on multiple breeds and styles.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A passion for education and a commitment to fostering a positive learning environment.


Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: equity@Kirkwood.edu or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.   

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Job ID: 90673

Posted 15 days ago

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