Northside Planning Council - NPC


Now Hiring for “Stable Families, Strong Community:” Neighborhood Navigators

Hours: 12-16 hrs/week, day and evening/weekend hours required
Compensation: $12.85/hr
Applications due: April 24, 2017 (see below for application instructions)

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

The Northside has an exciting opportunity to employ residents from Northside neighborhoods to play a pivotal role in several exciting new initiatives. These Neighborhood 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, in collaboration with the Northside Early Childhood Zone and the Safe & Thriving Community Initiative, will be hiring Neighborhood Navigators from the following neighborhoods: Brentwood Village apartments, and the  Mendota, Lindbergh, Lake View and Gompers Elementary School attendance areas.

Duties of a Neighborhood Navigator

  • Navigators will help families and individuals overcome isolation, build 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 spend much of their time engaging with the community, visiting homes, civic organizations, schools, neighborhood centers and community events where residents congregate to offer personalized referral and connection to Northside programs and services while helping to deepen our understanding of the Northside’s many assets.
  • Navigators will help individuals and families access the tools and opportunities they need to transform their own lives, and, in some cases, the broader community.
  • 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 Neighborhood 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.

Please submit your application* and an optional letter stating why you are interested in this position by April 24 to: Northside Planning Council, 1219 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, WI  53704

*Applications available online at and at Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Kennedy Heights Community Center, Northport and Packer Community Learning Centers, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, Lakeview Branch Library, and Mendota, Lake View, Lindbergh and Gompers Elementary Schools.

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