Donna Musial-Manners

Department Manager, Department of East Asian Studies

Donna Musial-Manners knows Princeton is a great workplace — full of flexibility and support. She came to the University in the early 1990s to work in the Office of Development. Donna later transferred to the Princeton Writing Program, where she was program manager and played a large role in a major expansion. She describes it this way: “It was a very rewarding time for me professionally as I contributed toward growing a small academic program into one of the largest at Princeton.”

At the same time, Donna’s home life was also expanding as she and her husband welcomed three children. Life with a newborn, toddler and second-grader led Donna to seek a more flexible work arrangement — a job share.
As an academic manager working in a job share at Princeton, Donna and her co-manager learned how to leverage their strengths to complement each other. They overlapped their hours one day per week and left notes for each other regularly. The job share was an ideal situation.
Being an individual who likes new challenges, Donna began a new job share  position in 2007 as co-department manager of the Department of East Asian Studies. After two years there, Donna has transitioned into the role of full-time department manager, where she is responsible for overseeing and directing administrative and financial matters. 
While reflecting on her job share experiences, Donna said, “I have been able to grow while in the job share because of its flexibility. Princeton is a great place to work if you are creative and willing to work hard.” She credits job sharing with helping her to balance the demands of a meaningful career and allowing her to spend time with her young children and pursue other interests, such as running and cycling.

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