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Staffing Services provides recruitment services for filling immediate and temporary staffing needs at the university. Finding high-quality candidates to fill temporary staff positions is critical to the university’s success. The most common temporary positions are administrative, technical and finance assignments. Temporary positions vary from approximately one month to several months in duration.

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Ideal Candidates

If you are looking to return to Stanford or if you are new to Stanford,
consider Staffing Services.

Returning to Stanford

  • Hiring managers are looking for candidates with Stanford experience, particularly Oracle
  • Part-time and full-time opportunities available
  • Utilize your Stanford experience in a new area of the university

New to Stanford

  • Learn what it’s like to work at Stanford
  • Possibilities to work multiple assignments, allowing the opportunity to experience diverse areas of the university
  • Opportunities to apply to open positions as many temporary assignments are vacant positions

Stanford Advantages

The advantages of working in a temporary position includes:

  • Competitive hourly rates
  • Opportunities to apply to vacant staff positions
  • Hands-on experience with Stanford systems and processes
  • Being part of a highly-respected university world-renowned for its innovation and research
  • Work in a beautiful campus environment set on more than 8,000 acres
  • Work at a premier employer in the Bay Area and beyond. Stanford named:
    • A 2012 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area
    • A 2012 Top Workplaces in the Bay Area
    • Working Mother “100 Best Companies” 2012


Typical Assignments

Typical temporary assignments involve:

  • Average duration is 1-6 months
  • Part-time and full-time opportunities
  • Typical temporary assignments are administrative, technical, or financial/accounting roles

Application Process

An application must be submitted online for each temporary position you are interested in. The application process includes three steps:

  • Step 1: Select the temporary position you would like to apply for
  • Step 2: Upload your resume
  • Step 3: Upload your cover letter

If we find a match between your skills, and our needs, you will be contacted directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Is Staffing Services an agency?

    Staffing Services is not an agency; rather, we are a function of Stanford University’s Talent Management & Workforce Strategy department, providing a service to Stanford hiring managers.

  2. If you work for Staffing Services are you considered a Stanford employee?

    If you are placed on assignment with Staffing Services, Stanford University is your employer and you are employed on a temporary basis.

  3. Is there a limit to the number of hours I can work as a temporary employee at Stanford?

    Temporary employees are limited to a total of 980 temporary hours each calendar year on Stanford’s payroll.

  4. I don’t have a computer. May I mail my resume to you?

    We can only consider applications submitted online. We do not accept applications via postal mail or drop-off. If you don’t have a computer, consider using public-access computers at your local library.

  5. What happens after my resume is received?

    We will review your resume and if your background is a good match to our current temporary assignments, you will be contacted for an interview and provided an orientation to the Staffing Services processes.

  6. I submitted my resume and have not heard back. Why not?

    If you submitted a resume and have not received contact from Staffing Services, it generally means we are working with temporary assignments that are not a fit with your background. We do retain your information, so you may be contacted at a future time as additional temporary staffing needs arise.

  7. Can I make an appointment to speak with someone in person?

    Unfortunately, we do not offer individual appointments and do not meet with candidates that stop by our offices.

  8. What is the pay range for temporary positions?

    The pay range for temporary positions varies depending upon the type of job. Typical administrative assignments pay in the range of $17 to $25 per hour.

  9. How long is a typical temporary assignment?

    The average assignment extends one month to six months. Most assignments are full-time with a commitment of 40 hours per week, but we do fill some part-time assignments.

  10. In a temporary position, am I eligible for benefits?

    No, assignments are temporary positions and are not eligible for benefits.

  11. How do temporary positions get paid?

    Pay for temporary assignments are handled in the same manner the rest of the university payroll is handled; payroll is processed twice each month.

  12. Do you place people in temp-to-hire positions?

    Assignments are open for a variety of reasons including to fill in for staff members on vacation and leave, to help handle extra project work, and to fill a job vacancy. We do not offer temp-to-hire positions, however, a number of temporary employees have successfully transitioned into continuing employment positions with Stanford.

  13. What is required in terms of background checks, reference checks and file checks?

    Temporary candidates should expect reference and background checks to be a part of the employment process. Additionally, the personnel files of candidates with prior benefit-eligible Stanford experience will be taken into consideration.

  14. What are my other options for temporary work at Stanford?

    Stanford hiring managers have a number of options when seeking temporary staffing help including utilizing external employment agencies and sourcing temporary candidates on their own. At this time, Stanford does not maintain a central listing of available temporary assignments.