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Temporary Staff Positions

BCTemp Pool Opportunities

Boston College Department of Human Resources offers temporary employment opportunities to qualified secretarial, clerical, and service applicants through its Boston College Temporary Pool. BCTemps, as employees of the Department of Human Resources, are assigned to campus departments to handle special projects, to cover for employees who are temporarily out, or to fill in while a position is vacant.

Temporary work offers diversity: we have many academic and business offices across the University. It also provides a challenge: you may be asked to work independently and with little supervision or training when an office has a shortage of personnel or an extra-heavy workload. Duration of an assignment can range from one-half day to a maximum of six months. The schedule for most assignments is 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In most cases, the length of an assignment is arranged in advance; however, some assignments may end earlier or last longer than anticipated.

Application and Interview Process

To view open job postings and apply online, go to the eRecruit Applicant home page. If we are accepting applications for the Temp Pool, you will see an open requisition posted. The posted requisition will also have information on any open-house walk-in hours that may be scheduled. Please complete the online application and attach your resume. Resume attachments should be in a Microsoft Word or PDF format.

You can also mail or drop off your resume, along with a cover letter that explains your interest in temporary work, to:

Department of Human Resources
Boston College
129 Lake Street, Room 110
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

If we have an opening for someone with your skills and experience, we will contact you for an interview and testing.

What are the benefits of being a BCTemp?

  • Flexibility and Variety — Temp assignments offer variety and flexibility. Assignments can be full-time or part-time and provide opportunities to broaden your experience and to enjoy different work environments.
  • Competitive Salary — BCTemp Pool rates are competitive with those of Boston-area temporary-employment agencies. Your hourly rate is determined by the requirements of the assignment as well as your skill level and experience.
  • Worker's Compensation and Social Security — Because you are a temporary employee, you are not eligible for coverage under the University health and life insurance programs. You are covered by Worker's Compensation for on-the-job injuries, but you must arrange for other types of insurance with a private carrier. The University matches your contribution to Social Security (FICA).
  • Parking - During your assignment, parking is available on the Lower Campus, the Newton Campus and the Brighton Campus. To obtain a temporary parking sticker, please come to the Employment Office, 129 Lake Street, Room 110. Temporary parking stickers are valid for 30 days. If an assignment is extended and you need to renew your temporary parking sticker, return to the Employment Office and you will be given a new sticker.

What are the responsibilities of a BCTemp?

  • You are responsible for keeping the Department of Human Resources informed of your current home telephone number and other telephone numbers where you may be reached. You are also responsible for letting the Department of Human Resources know when you are not available for work.
  • The estimated duration of an assignment is communicated to you at the time you are contacted about the job. If you accept the assignment, it is important to us that you remain in that assignment until it ends. Occasionally, an assignment ends earlier or is extended beyond the estimated duration.
  • If you are absent for unanticipated reasons, you should call both the Department of Human Resources and your department supervisor as soon as possible. If you need planned time off, please give as much advance notice as possible.
  • In most assignments, you are required to work independently with minimal supervision. Some orientation to each work assignment will be provided. However, most departments in need of temporary assistance are faced with heavy workloads and a shortage of personnel and may not be able to offer much guidance.
  • You are eligible to apply for any open regular position. You should apply as an external applicant at www.bc.edu/bcjobs.