After many years of working in Rockefeller Center in New York City at a Scandinavian bank with a five-hour daily commute, Marie Cregan knew that a career change was in order. A wife and proud mother of two daughters, Marie sought a more flexible work arrangement and a shorter commute. In 1991, after working for six months as a temporary employee in the Office of Information Technology, she applied for a position and was hired by the Office of Development.
Marie, the current administrative assistant in the Office of Development Information Strategy
, fondly reflects on her 13 years in a job-sharing position. By working two and one-half days per week, Marie was able to be home with her daughters. This bonding time was the beginning of the close knit relationships she has with her girls. She credits the job-sharing opportunity with giving her the best of both worlds —
being able to spend time with her family and working.
In the job share arrangement, Marie and her job share counterpart approached their tasks on a day-to-day basis by leaving detailed notes for one another regarding pending tasks. Their responsibilities were to reco
ncile multiple budgets, coordinate travel and conference arrangements, process invoices and provide overall administrative support to the director and department.
In 2005, Marie became the full-time administrative assistant. With her older daughter off to college and her younger one starting high school, the timing was right. As she marks 18 years of working here, she describes Princeton as a home away from home because of its enriching team-oriented familial atmosphere. She states, “I am proud to be a member of the Development Team at Princeton University.”
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