Northwest College


Position: Instructor
Position Location: Beaverton Campus
Employment Type: Full-Time Position
Wage/Salary: Negotiable dependent on licenses and experience

Job Description:


The qualified candidates will have excellent skills in communication, business management and teambuilding, as well as cosmetology industry credentials and licenses.  Experience in multiple aspects of cosmetology education is required.  Full licensed professionals are preferred.  NWC Instructors are responsible for classroom and salon floor instruction, practical and hands on instruction and supervision to ensure students at all levels learn essential techniques, skills and attributes necessary to be successful in the Spa/Salon environment.  In addition, instructors supervise students and provide subject matter that will contribute to their development and proficiency as Cosmetologists.


Execute lesson plans for classroom instruction that provides effective teaching strategies under the Department of Education, NACCAS, and NWC guidelines.  Instruct students in the classroom, as well as on the salon floor, using valid teaching techniques to achieve curriculum goals within the framework of NWC’s programs.

Consistent and regular attendance is required.  Late arrivals and early departures will not be acceptable.  Exceptional attendance for all instructors is essential with student schedules. 

Provide information on the latest trends in the industry, including staying up-to-date on trade publications, networking with peers, and participating in trade organizations and conferences.

Plan and develop various student learning activities applicable to hands-on lab work, practical demonstrations, and techniques that motivate students.  Prepare materials, coordinate guest speakers, field trips and other media that will provide for creative.  Teach academic theory; assess the progress of students on a regular basis.  Evaluate students in attaining goals and objectives. Regularly oversee students testing.  Coach and mentor students who have difficulty in a learning environment and on the salon floor.

Keep students and administration adequately informed of progress and/or deficiencies, particularly in the event of a possible failure as well as students on leave, dropping courses and/or making any changes.

Maintain a clean, attractive and well organized salon floor and ensure workstations are immaculate as well as shampoo area, floor, restrooms, etc. as per State of Oregon law.  Adhere and uphold all school policies and procedures and coach students to do the same.  Respect and maintain the confidentiality of records and information regarding students in accordance with accepted professional ethics and State and Federal laws.

Perform other duties as assigned and/or delegated.  Travel to and from campus locations required periodically.


High school diploma or GED, current industry licenses in all areas of Cosmetology, as well as a minimum of 2 years teaching and/or relevant experience in a salon or cosmetology program or other instructional environment is preferred.

Northwest College offers a comprehensive benefits package.


Northwest College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Travis Henry, @bigTtheBarber, Class of 2011

I entered Beauty School not sure what to expect and with no prior cutting/barbering experience. I did research on a few local Beauty Schools and went with what felt right for my family and the locations that worked for me. The campuses were beautiful, the staff was awesome, and there was a variety of different students. Beauty school is what you make of it. It's the school's responsibility to teach you the rules, help you achieve greatness, and give you the tools you need to succeed in this profession. Northwest College did that for me. This business is 75% Passion and 25% skills, NW College can get you those skills if your willing to do your part. I graduated in March of 2011; I'm now a Certified Educator for Eufora International, Owner of Chop Shop Hair Studio, Co-Owner of  Doo or Dye Salon, President of the North West Barbers Alliance, and Business Partners with Shave Envy. You can achieve anything you want with the right training, support, and a passion.” - Travis Henry, Class of 2011

Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

I was very scared going back to school after nearly 20 years, but attending NW College in Tualatin made it an easy transition. I had no idea what to expect from beauty school or if I was making the right career move, but in no time at all I knew NW College was the right decision for me. I had amazing instructors that were encouraging and pushed me to trust in myself and my creative abilities. I graduated on November 22, 2014 and because of the great academics of NW College passed my state boards and became licensed on November 26, 2014. I had interviewed with several salons leading up to my graduation and started working immediately as an independent contractor on December 2, 2014.. Attending NW College was the best decision of my life, I’ve never been happier going to work each day. I LOVE my career choice as a licensed Cosmetologist.” - Jessica Koch, Class of 2014

Licensed & Accredited

Accreditation by a nationally recognized agency provides assurance that a school is established and recognized as a quality institution, has adequate facilities and equipment, maintains recognized and approved courses of study, and employs competent, qualified faculty. Northwest College is accredited by NACCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences) and is licensed by HECC (Higher Education Coordinating Commission). Northwest College is a 2014 Modern Salon Excellence in Education Cosmetology School.


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