Continuing Education Instructor - Pet Grooming

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

This position is part - time benefits eligible position with an hourly rate of $27 - $32/hour.

The Pet Grooming Instructor is responsible for delivering a comprehensive educational program on pet grooming techniques, from basic to advanced skills. This role involves teaching various grooming procedures, overseeing practical sessions, and ensuring adherence to safety and health standards. The instructor evaluates student progress, updates course content, and maintains a clean and organized learning environment. Suitable candidates should possess professional grooming certification, experience in pet grooming or teaching, and strong communication skills.

The hours assigned for this position will fall between 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • 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. 


  • Deliver comprehensive pet grooming education to students, covering all aspects from basic to advanced grooming techniques.
  • Teach online and/or in-person classes on dog and cat anatomy, breed identification, temperament assessment, and grooming tool usage, among others.
  • Supervise practical grooming sessions, ensuring students adhere to safety and sanitation guidelines.
  • Evaluate student performance through practical assessments and theoretical tests.
  • Maintain a clean and organized teaching environment.
  • Update course materials as needed to keep current with industry standards.
  • Provide feedback and support to students to enhance their learning experience.
 Student Engagement:
  • Effectively engage students in both online and/or hands-on learning environments.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive classroom atmosphere that encourages active participation and collaboration.
Instructional Quality:
  • Deliver high-quality, accurate, and up-to-date content in both theoretical and practical sessions.
  • Utilize diverse teaching methods and tools to accommodate different learning styles and ensure comprehensive understanding.
Student Progress and Outcomes:
  • Monitor and assess student progress regularly, providing timely and constructive feedback.
  • Ensure a high pass rate for certification exams and successful completion of the program by students.
Curriculum Development:
  • Continuously update and improve course materials to reflect the latest industry standards and practices.
  • Collaborate with the curriculum development team to enhance the overall quality and effectiveness of the program.
Time Management:
  • Efficiently manage classroom time and resources to maximize learning outcomes.
  • Implement strategies to reduce bottlenecks and ensure smooth operations in the classroom.
Professional Development:
  • Stay current with industry trends, techniques, and best practices in pet grooming.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance teaching skills and subject matter expertise.
Student Support:
  • Provide individualized support and mentorship to students, addressing their unique needs and challenges.
  • Foster a supportive learning environment that encourages personal and professional growth.
Technology Utilization:
  • Effectively use online learning platforms and educational technology to enhance the learning experience.
  • Maintain open and effective communication with students, staff, and administration.
  • Provide clear instructions, expectations, and feedback to students.
Compliance and Safety:
  • Ensure all grooming practices adhere to safety and hygiene standards.
  • Maintain compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines in both online and hands-on settings.
Administrative Duties:
  • Assist with scheduling, equipment maintenance, and other administrative tasks as needed.
  • Ensure accurate record-keeping and documentation of student progress and program activities.
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.


  • Professional certification in pet grooming from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in pet grooming or as a grooming instructor.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively manage classroom dynamics.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
  • Patience and dedication to student development and success.
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: 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:   

Kirkwood Community College prides itself on fostering a diverse workforce and values unique perspectives throughout its campus community. The college is a convenient, innovative, visionary educational leader striving to remain affordable and accessible. With more than 140 majors and programs, Kirkwood boasts 16,000 annual college-credit students while maintaining one of the lowest tuitions in the state. All degree-seeking students are eligible for federal financial aid and the college offers more than $3 million in scholarships each year to students from all walks of life.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.    

Job Benefits:

Kirkwood offers a wide range of employee benefits.  Read more about them here

Job ID: 98175

Posted 20 days ago

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