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Northside Planning Council - NPC

Neighborhood Navigators

The Northside Planning Council (NPC) is looking to hire additional Neighborhood Navigators to play a pivotal role in several exciting initiatives. These Navigators will work to weave a tighter net of relationships between residents, civic groups, neighborhood centers, nonprofits and service providers with the goal of enhancing family stability and strengthening community.

The Northside Planning Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Duties of a Navigator

  • Navigators will help families and individuals overcome isolation, built trust and connect with opportunities that exist in the broader community.
  • Navigators will help to build resident engagement and participation in various programs and services and may work as part of multiple teams, including:
    • The Northside Early Childhood Zone
    • The Safe & Thriving Community Initiative
    • Northside community school programs
    • Northside neighborhood center programs
    • The Northside Planning Council’s Capacity-Building Initiatives
  • Through these initiatives, Navigators will assist with connecting the community around issues that affect families, including early childhood development, mental and physical health, food security, safety, employment, education, childcare, transportation and youth programming.
  • Navigators will help identify emerging leaders, particularly among underrepresented communities, and get them to connected to Northside opportunities.
  • Navigators will participate in ongoing evaluation and gather resident feedback to maximize the effectiveness of the initiatives they are involved with.

Essential qualities of a Navigator

  • Navigators must live on the Northside.
  • Navigators will already know and have the trust of many members of their community. 
  • Navigators should believe in the potential of their neighborhood to be a welcoming, compassionate place and be committed to helping bring that potential to life.  
  • Navigators should have shared life experiences with residents and know what’s going on in the communities they serve. They are personally familiar with the challenges that affect their neighbor’s lives as well as the hidden resources in their neighborhoods that often go undiscovered. They should share similar values, racial and/or ethnic background and socioeconomic status, and they should speak the same language as the people they serve. Spanish and Hmong speakers are encouraged to apply.

Hours the Navigator will work
Approx. 12-16 hrs/week, day and evening/weekend hours required

Flexibility on the part of the Navigator will be important. Working as part of a professional team, the Navigator will need to be available during some traditional daytime work hours. Working as part of the community, the Navigator will need to be available at night and on weekends when residents are gathering or available for a meeting. Specific hours will be negotiated based on the employee’s needs and the needs of the programs they are involved with.


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications due by the end of the day on April 20. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

Please apply online or submit your application and an optional letter stating why you are interested in this position:

Northside Planning Council
1219 N. Sherman Ave.
Madison, WI  53704

*Applications are available online, via PDF or at Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Kennedy Heights Community Center, Northport and Packer Community Learning Centers, Warner Park Community Recreation Center and Lakeview Branch Library.

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Northside Planning Council

The mission of the Northside Planning Council is to improve the quality of life and foster equity on the Northside through community organizing and economic development.

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