Services on the Columbia Campus
The Division of Human Resources maintains a pool of employees,
commonly referred to as floaters, with secretarial and clerical
skills whom we may assign to departments in times of unusual and
temporary need. These needs include vacancies, annual leave, sick
leave, maternity leave, or heavy workload periods.
Procedures for Scheduling
To schedule a floater, departments complete a Floater
Request form. You can download
it here, if you have Adobe's Acrobat Reader. If you do not
have Acrobat Reader, you can download it from Adobe's
website for no charge. Or call the Professional Development
Office, 777-6578, to obtain the form.
IIT's are submitted monthly
to departments to cover charges for floater services. Charges for floater services are:
- $100 for six to eight hours
- $75 for four to six hours
- $50 for
two to four hours
- $25 for up to two hours
Send the completed floater request form, with the department head's
signature, to Professional Development, Suite 101, 1600 Hampton Street. Departments also can fax completed forms to 777-8210.
Once your floater request form is received, a staff member from
the Professional Development Office will contact the department
to confirm the availability of a floater.
If your department has an immediate need, you can call Professional
Development at 777-6578 and accommodations will be made if a floater
Floaters have above average typing skills and are experienced in
WordPerfect or Microsoft Word.
Many of our floaters have experience in preparing USC paperwork
such as purchasing, travel, and extra compensation.
Some of our floaters have spreadsheet experience.