Cosmetology Aide

San Mateo County Community College District

Cosmetology Aide
San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141815S
Department: Cosmetology SKY (DEPT)
Location: Skyline College
Position Number: 2C0025
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Non-Exempt (accrues overtime)
Months per Year: 12
If other, please specify:
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $77,424 (annual)
Max Salary: $98,952 (annual)
Position Type: Classified Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, “success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals.” The District’s “Students First” Strategic Plan is focused on “Student Success, Equity and Social Justice.” We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences — emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
Skyline College is part of the San Mateo County Community College District and is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), enrolling approximately 16,000 students each academic year. Skyline College has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on Skyline College’s Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentor-ship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:
The Cosmetology Aide includes paraprofessional work involving providing instructional and related support services to students in a community college cosmetology program. Under general supervision, the position is responsible for providing input into the development and implementation of cosmetology curriculum, tutoring, teaching and demonstrating laboratory and classroom procedures and conferring with faculty regarding student progress. Public contact is extensive, primarily including students and staff, for the purpose of exchanging instructional and related information. A high degree of independent judgment and creativity is required within the scope of the classification to analyze and interpret data and resolve frequent minor problems that arise. Consequences of errors in judgment can be costly in employee time and student learning progress. A Cosmetology Aide can direct the work of student assistants and other staff as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

  1. Exchanges information with faculty and management staff regarding short- and long-range curriculum planning, instructional and tutorial needs assessment and services, laboratory set-up, laboratory policies and procedures, and related department issues
  2. Confers with faculty, students, and staff regarding student progress
  3. Attends workshops, seminars and other activities to obtain current information
  4. Assists in the design and development of materials for presentation
  5. Assists with the planning, and/or demonstration of cosmetology subject matter to classes and individual students
  6. Directs students in practical labs
  7. Tutors students on problem areas related to classroom and lab procedures; assists in the development of tests and proctors tests as assigned
  8. Provides technical and other information to clients concerning services offered, costs, appointment schedules, and related matters
  9. Composes, compiles data for and prepares reports of laboratory and/or classroom activities and/or student progress
  10. Researches background of subject matter to maintain current information
  11. Uses a database and a variety of computer software to enter, modify, and retrieve data, and to compose and prepare correspondence, memoranda, course materials, and other printed materials
  12. Oversees the work of clerical and other staff in daily operations of the laboratories and classroom activities
  13. Makes recommendations for the purchase and/or modification of laboratory and classroom equipment and supplies
  14. Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate degree in cosmetology OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Certified and licensed to practice Cosmetology in the State of California
  • Successful experience of increasing responsibility in a cosmetology-related field of employment, preferably a salon, cosmetology lab, or other cosmetology service that has included tutoring and/or non-credentialed teaching
  • Working knowledge of cosmetology techniques, procedures, equipment, supplies, materials, and safety procedures
  • Experience in teaching, coaching, or mentoring people in a learning environment
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff
  • Experience with the use of a variety of computer software to compose and prepare correspondence, reports, presentations, and other written materials
  • Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication, including public speaking
  • Demonstrated skill in working as part of a customer service team

Physical Requirements:
This classification requires attention to detail; good memory; oral communication to individuals and groups; collaboration, compromise; standing for long periods; exposure to fumes and chemicals; adaptability, flexibility, tact and sensitivity; manual dexterity; reaching, bending from the waist, reaching overhead; moving objects of moderate weight; data comparison and analysis in order to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of the procedures, techniques, equipment, and materials used in beauty salons and similar services
  2. Knowledge of the safety procedures and policies related to storage, use, and disposal of cosmetology products, materials, and equipment
  3. Skill in teaching and/or tutoring individuals and groups in cosmetology procedures, policies, equipment, materials, safety, salon operations, and other related topics
  4. Skill in oral communication, including public speaking
  5. Skill in written communication
  6. Skill in sensitive, respectful, and effective communication with people from diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds
  7. Skill in researching and compiling data for current cosmetology information and development of instructional materials
  8. Ability to work effectively as part of a customer-service team
  9. Skill in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite software to prepare reports, spreadsheets, correspondence, and presentations as needed

Preferred Qualifications:

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 06/12/2024
First Review Date: 07/12/2024
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicant’s cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff as well as the applicant’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax: (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College District’s (SMCCCD) 2022 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2022 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2022 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2022 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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