Temporary Pool

SFU's Temporary Pool provides temporary clerical, secretarial and technical support to departments throughout the University in cases of work overload, vacation, sickness, staff vacancy, or special projects. The Temporary Pool is the most common entry point to employment at the University. Appointments from the Temporary Pool are usually full-time assignments (35 hours per week), and employees are placed based on availability, qualifications and abilities. Assignments can vary from one day to three months in duration and may differ in responsibilities, qualifications and salary. SFU students are given priority in hiring for temporary part-time clerical, secretarial, and technical positions.

Note: Temporary positions greater than three months in duration are not filled through the temporary pool, but are posted for a minimum of five working days at:

Employees can be part of the Temporary Pool and simultaneously apply for posted positions. Temporary employees accrue seniority while working in CUPE bargaining unit assignments and compete as internal candidates for posted continuing and temporary vacancies.

Working through the Temporary Pool can provide employees with opportunities to:

  • Work at the University's three campuses - Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey.
  • Work in a variety of environments in both administrative and academic departments.
  • Learn University policies and procedures.
  • Gain experience and exposure within the University allowing them to explore and expand career options.
  • Work as little or as much as their lifestyles demand.

Types of Temporary Work

Assignments can vary widely in responsibilities and salary levels. Positions fall within the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 3338 employee group and can include:

  • Office Administration
  • Secretarial
  • Technical
  • Data Entry
  • Word Processing
  • Reception
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Web Design
  • Event Management
  • General Clerical, e.g.: mail-outs, filing, etc.

Temporary Pool Qualifications

The Temporary Pool accepts resumes from applicants with a variety of skills, education and experiences. We are committed to matching applicants' job skills and experience to departmental needs to ensure the success of all departments and temporary employees. Although the qualifications required for specific job assignments will vary, the typical qualifications required include:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • 2 years experience in a broad range of office functions
  • Software proficiency - including Word, Excel, Filemaker, Powerpoint, Electronic Mail, Access, Netscape and Explorer
  • Knowledge of PC and/or MacIntosh platforms
  • 50 wpm keyboard skills with a high degree of accuracy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of general office procedures and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential material and information with discretion
  • Good organizational skill
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing office environments and assignment levels
  • Excellent proofreading skill
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise mature judgment and initiative

Temporary Pool Employee Information

As a Temporary Pool employee, you will be providing temporary support to various departments at Simon Fraser University. The job duties, wage rate, length of assignment, department location, and required qualifications will be discussed with you prior to starting an assignment.

Pay and Benefits for Temporary Pool Positions in CUPE

The rate of pay for temporary assignments varies depending on the duties and responsibilities of the positions. Temporary assignments fall within the CUPE bargaining unit and are covered by the negotiated salary schedule. Temporary Pool employees also receive an additional 9% of their hourly rate of pay in lieu of all benefits for all regular hours worked in a temporary position.

Temporary Pool employees are paid every second Friday by direct deposit. Each deposit includes payment for all time worked up to and including the Saturday preceding the pay day. At the time of hire, you will be required to provide direct deposit information in order to be placed on payroll.


You must call your departmental supervisor prior to the start of your shift if you will be late or absent from work for any reason.

Accrual and Maintenance of Seniority

For Temporary Pool employees, seniority is credited from the first day of employment and for all subsequent periods of employment provided the break between periods of employment does not exceed twelve (12) months.

Temporary Pool employees lose their seniority when:

  1. A period of more than twelve (12) months occurs between periods of temporary employment.

  2. They resign during an assignment except where the resignation is due to medical reasons supported by a medical certificate satisfactory to the University.

Performance Evaluation

As a Temporary Pool employee, you will be evaluated by your departmental supervisor. Written performance evaluations are usually completed for assignments of one week or more in duration. The departmental supervisor will normally review your evaluation with you and will ask you to add your comments and signoff on the evaluation form. Written performance evaluations are placed in your employee file.