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Cosmetology Assistant

Job Description


Merged Promotional & Open Competitive


*Pending Personnel Commission approval

WELCOME TO SANTA MONICA COLLEGE! Santa Monica College is looking for a highly detail-oriented individual with exceptional customer service skills and a strong background in cosmetology to play a key role in running the day-to-day operations of our Cosmetology Student Salon. The individual selected to fill this position will provide general administrative support to our Student Salon, including reception, cashiering, stockroom inventory, and ensuring compliance with industry safety standards. This position is scheduled to work 40 hours per week, 12 months per year on the Santa Monica College Main Campus.

Our Cosmetology Student Salon now contains new state-of-the-art equipment, including 15 new multi-functional skin care machines, so students can practice what they learn in the classroom on fellow students and provide a valuable service to the broader Santa Monica community. For more information about the Cosmetology Department, please visit our web site at 

Please note that all candidates must have authorization to work in the United States; the District does not have the ability to provide sponsorship.

What You Will Bring to the College
Our ideal candidate will be a highly self-motivated individual who possesses extensive professional knowledge related to best industry practices, including safe handling and mixing of salon chemicals, and maintenance of material safety data sheets. In addition, this individual will possess exceptional customer service skills, and demonstrate the ability to thrive in an organization that maintains a fast pace with a heavy workload and constantly shifting priorities.

Why Work at SMC?
At SMC, you will work beside a diverse group of colleagues who leverage their combined talents and passions to accomplish something great.  No matter what department you are in, or what job you have, your contributions will be critical to helping our students fulfill their dreams - landing that new job, or breaking through the cycle of poverty. 

Some details about us:

  • We are currently the number one transfer college to UCLA, USC, the University of California system, and Loyola Marymount University
  • We are dedicated to sustainable practices and are accessible via environmentally-friendly transportation options, including the Expo Line and Big Blue Bus.
  • We are one of the select community colleges in California approved to award a Bachelor's degree. SMC currently awards a Bachelor's degree in Interaction Design.
Please visit to learn more about us and why we are Proud to Be SMC!

We value our employees as people, and recognize the value of work-life balance, the health of you and your family, and professional development. We offer a variety of benefits and perks to support new members of our team, including:

  • 18 paid holidays*
  • 12 paid vacation days*
  • 12 paid illness days*
  • Fully paid medical, dental, and vision-care coverage (including eligible dependents)
  • Free mental health assistance through the Employee Assistance Service for Education (EASE) program.
  • Membership in the California Public Employee Retirement System (CALPERS)
  • 5% increase in base pay for every 5 years worked with SMC, up to 40 years of service.
  • Waived tuition fees for classes taken at Santa Monica College.
  • Reimbursement for related classes, conferences or workshops to empower your professional development.
  • Free Big Blue Bus access and monthly incentives for eligible employees through the Sustainable Transportation Incentive Program
  • CSEA Chapter 36 Union Membership Option

*Benefits, holidays, vacation, and illness days listed above assume a 40-hour per week, 12 month per year schedule. Benefits, vacation and illness days are prorated for other work schedules.

Salary Placement
New Employees: Generally, new employees start at the first step on the salary schedule. A new permanent classified employee may request a higher salary placement based on recruitment issues and/or additional training and experience which greatly exceeds the minimum requirements. Please note that salary placement above the third step requires additional approvals by Santa Monica College executive staff.

Current Employees: Upon promotion, the new salary for a current, permanent employee is based on Merit Rule 12.2.7. In accordance with this rule, employees are entitled to at least a one-step (5%) salary increase, and may be eligible for advanced step placement in accordance with established criteria.

About the Selection Process

The selection process tentatively consists of a Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 100%), which may be preceded by a training and experience evaluation (pass/fail). Candidates must be successful on all test parts to be placed on the eligibility list.  The eligibility list created from this recruitment will be used to fill any vacancies that occur during the one year life of the eligibility list, including full-time and/or part-time, permanent and/or temporary positions.

Santa Monica College reserves the right to modify the stated test components and weights prior to the administration of any test.

Communication for this recruitment will be via e-mail. You must check your e-mail on a regular basis to be informed of your status for this recruitment.

Test Retake Policy
Based on the District’s hiring needs, we may administer multiple recruitments for this job classification (or a related job classification that uses the same test(s)) within the next several months. Candidates must wait a period of 90 calendar days between testing appointments before retesting. Candidates who are ineligible to participate in an upcoming test or interview due to the provided retake period will be notified via email, and will have their highest valid score(s) on any non-weighted (pass/fail) test parts applied toward that recruitment.
The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. All qualified applicants for employment, as well as District employees, shall have full and equal access to employment opportunity. No person shall be subjected to unlawful discrimination in any program or activity of the District. The District's Board Policy 3120 (Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment) may be accessed at:

Equity Statement
"Santa Monica College encourages candidates that are equity-minded to apply. SMC is a minority-serving, Hispanic-serving institution. We actively seek to attract candidates from minority groups that value equity, diversity, and inclusion. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are built into the culture at SMC, and are an essential component of the work that we do. SMC is committed to racial and socioeconomic diversity as it is a reflection of our student population and we strive to hire candidates that share this commitment."

Examples of Duties

Receives, stores and issues supplies and solutions to students and faculty such as tints, lotions, rinses, shampoos, polishes, dyes, and disinfectants to faculty and students; prepares stock solutions such as permanent wave lotions, neutralizers, shampoos, rinses, and disinfectants.
Follows industry sanitation standards for health and safety; responds to audits; keeps up to date Safety Data Sheets for all products used in the department; provides state required allergy tests.
Requisitions supplies and equipment; assembles supplies for each new class; maintains continuous up to date stock inventory and orders new supplies; stocks and maintains supplies and equipment in orderly condition; maintains record of equipment tags, and supplies for each new class.
Receives, greets and directs patrons, students, and the public in a service-oriented environment; schedules appointments and maintains appointment records; answers telephones and takes messages; inputs data into a computer database; furnishes information concerning appointments and services offered.
Collects money from patrons for services performed and balances cash against cash register receipts each day; prepares and makes deposits.
Launders and restocks towels, sheets, gowns and smocks and maintains a clean and orderly salon, laboratory, stock room, dispensary and reception desk.
Enters data, maintains records and performs routine clerical work to support laboratory operations. 
Performs other related duties as requested or assigned.

Examples of essential duties are descriptive and not restrictive in nature, and are generally listed in descending order of importance. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education Requirement:
Graduation from High School or GED equivalent
Experience Requirement:
One year clerical, receptionist, or stockroom experience, including customer service experience with direct public contact. Experience in a cosmetology environment is desirable.
Licensure and/or Certification: 
Cosmetology License preferred.

Supplemental Information

For additional information about our employment process, please visit our FAQ page and click on "current employees" (for existing, permanent SMC employees) or "job applicants" (for external applicants).

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