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Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Workforce Development Specialist

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families – Sitka, Alaska
Department Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $22.35 - $25.91


Workforce Development Specialist


Job Class: Specialist

Class Status: Active

Department:  TANF                                     

Type of Position: Non-Exempt

Location of Work: Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan

Covered Position: Yes

Salary Grade(s): 8

Prepared by: W. Martin/J. Wise 

Hours of Work: M- F, 8:00am – 4:30pm

Employment Category:  Regular, Full-Time


The Workforce Development Specialist is responsible for assisting program participants in developing vocational goals reflective of their skills, aptitudes, and interests.  The Workforce Development Specialist will assist participants to develop strengths-based family self-sufficiency plans, working with other service providers, and monitoring participant progress towards achieving the goal of self-sufficiency as directed under the 477 regulations.


Reports To: TANF Manager   

Supervises: N/A

Liaison: N/A 


Responsible for reading, understanding, and interpreting State, Federal, and Tribal codes and procedural manuals

Responsible for maintaining a case load of up to 70 families

Meet with participants to identify strengths and barriers to employment and assist clients in developing strategies towards self-sufficiency

Network internally with co-workers, and externally with other service providers and employers to assist clients work towards self-sufficiency

Responsible for ensuring clients right to privacy and ensure the strictest confidentiality

Maintain complete, accurate and timely case notes and related records using Tribal D

Work with employment agencies and local employers to increase employment opportunities

May travel for meetings, training, and other business as needed

Other duties as assigned


Spending Authority: N/A  

Other Authority: N/A 


Knowledge of Public Assistance laws, rules, regulations, service programs, and employment programs

Ability to read and interpret regulations and procedures to make conclusions and decisions

Mastery of basic office procedures and practices

Excellent computer skills including all MS Office Suite programs

Knowledge of interview techniques

Excellent writing skills

Ability to evaluate and recommend changes in Family Self Sufficiency Plan

Excellent customer service skills

Excellent interpersonal communication skills

Excellent time management skills

Ability to operate with tact, courtesy and discretion

Familiarity with Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)

An Associate’s Degree in related field

2 years’ experience as a Workforce Development Technician or similar position

Valid Driver’s license

Substitution for Associates Degree: 

High School Diploma and; 

Four years’ Experience as a Technician in related field

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)

Bachelor’s Degree in related field

4 years’ experience as a Workforce Development Technician or closely related field


The majority of work is performed in a professional office setting and is generally sedentary, requiring routine walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items weighing less than 40 lbs.  Travel on commercial airlines, small aircraft, and/or ferry may be required.


All employment at Tlingit & Haida is “at will”.  This means that the employee or Tlingit & Haida may terminate employment at any time and for any reason.  Unless specified in writing, no term of employment is expressed or implied for this position.

Tlingit & Haida is a no tolerance workplace.  All regular employees may be required to pass a pre-employment and subsequent random drug and alcohol screening to be eligible for and maintain employment.

Tlingit & Haida requires a criminal background check be conducted on all employees.  All employment offers are conditional until federal criminal background check results verify your eligibility to work for Tlingit & Haida.

This Position Description describes the essential functions and qualifications of the job described.  It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities, or qualifications of the job.  This document is not intended to exclude modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation for a disability.  This is not a contract.  Your signature indicates that you have read this Position Description and understand the essential functions of and qualifications for the job.

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  • Location
    Sitka, Alaska
  • Department
    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $22.35 - $25.91
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