(August 9, 2018) – Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jesse Parr as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Manager.
As the TANF Manager, Jesse will oversee the daily management of the TANF department which provides financial assistance to families while emphasizing work participation, education, family stability and responsibility to increase self-sufficiency and gainful employment for Alaska Natives and American Indians in Southeast Alaska. He will also be responsible for the budget development and monitoring processes, preparation of required financial and narrative reports, implementation of policies and procedures, and the successful use of the Tribal D
client data management system.
The TANF department is one of five departments under the umbrella of the Tribe’s 477 Division – other departments include Child Care, Employment & Training, Tribal Child Support Unit (TCSU), and Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR).
“I am very happy to welcome Jesse to the 477 team,” said 477 Division Director William Martin. “Jesse joins us with an extensive background in TANF and I'm very confident that he will be an effective leader.”
Jesse previously worked for the State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services for over eight years in several TANF-related positions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Commercial Recreation from Georgia Southern University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
“I’m both honored and excited to join Tlingit and Haida’s TANF team,” said Jesse Parr. “I am looking forward to working alongside new colleagues and continuing to serve families in need.”
Jesse was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. He is the son of Chip and Sandy Parr and grandson of Charlie and Karen Parr of Fairbanks, Alaska and Curtis and Dorthy Slette of Albert Lea, Minnesota. When he was just a baby, he was given the Tlingit name
(spelling not confirmed) by Cyril George who was a close family friend of his father. Jesse also has twin younger sisters, five nieces and nephews and a dog named Carolina.