Employment Opportunity for Graduate Students

Are you a current U of T graduate student looking for part-time work? We are now accepting applications for Chief Presiding Officers (CPOs) to help facilitate undergraduate Arts & Science in-person exams at the St. George Campus during the November & December Final Exam and Assessment period.

CPOs at the Faculty of Arts & Science are an extension of the Office of the Faculty Registrar, helping administer in-person final exams alongside instructors and TAs in the exam room. CPOs are professional and service-oriented, delivering exam question papers to the exam room, working with instructors on exam administration, de-escalating incidents, upholding academic integrity and ensuring papers are collected in a secure manner.

Writing a final exam is a stressful time for students and instructors. CPOs ensure that the exam writing environment is a fair one for all students with minimal added stress.

Responsibilities for in-person exams include:

  • Attending mandatory exam facilitation training prior to the exam period
  • Picking up exam materials before an exam
  • Setting up the exam room by distributing question papers and exam materials
  • Working collaboratively with the instructor to best facilitate the exam
  • Ensuring Faculty policies on exam administration are followed
  • Monitoring for academic misconduct and recording incidents when needed
  • Making announcements to students in the exam room
  • Collecting student signatures
  • Potentially dealing with urgent situations such as students who are unexpectedly sick or fire alarms
  • You may be called to a meeting after the exam period to discuss any incidents that occurred during exams. You will be paid for this time.

Availability for in-person exams:

  • If you are hired for the December Final Exam & Assessment period and the November & December Deferred Exam period:
    • You must attend one mandatory, paid exam facilitation training prior to the Final Exam period (November 27 & December 1, 2023) (No training for the November period)
    • You might be scheduled for a morning, afternoon or evening exam shift any day between December 9– 20, 2023.
    • Scheduling/ deferred exam period dates: November 6-10, 2023
  • For both exam periods, depending on when you are scheduled, your shift might begin as early as 8 am and/or end as late as 10:30 pm.
  • Most days will have multiple shifts within one working day, and you might have to work each day within the exam period.
  • All exams will take place on the St. George Campus.


  • You must be a current student enrolled at the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto (undergraduates may not apply).
  • Experience with facilitating Faculty of Arts & Science final in-person examinations is an asset.
  • Additional qualifications include:
    • Exceptional service and professionalism
    • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to carry out procedures under pressure, using tact and judgement
    • Ability to effectively direct large groups

Rate of Pay: $33.23 per hour with 4% vacation pay

December Posting Date: September 8, 2023 (8:00 am)

November Posting Date: September 22, 2023 (8:00AM)

December Application Deadline: October 13, 2023 (7:00 pm)

November Application Deadline: October 25, 2023 (7:00PM)


  • The application is available online:
  • Please note that only those candidates selected will be contacted. 
  • Decisions will be made on an ongoing basis. 
  • Application system will close on October 13, 2023 at 7:00 pm
  • Application system will close on October 25, 2023 at 7:00PM
  • The Office of the Faculty Registrar employs approximately twenty to eighty CPOs per term, depending on the number of exam slots.
  • If you have any questions, please email us at exams.artsci@utoronto.ca.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, members of racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. The University of Toronto invites all qualified applicants to make application.

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact exams.artsci@utoronto.ca.  

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