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NC 211 Navigator

United Way of North Carolina
Cary, NC

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Entry Level
Full time
1 - 2 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$41,000 to $50,000 per year

Published on 8 Nov 2022

Expires on 10 Dec 2022

NC 211 Navigator

United Way of North Carolina (UWNC) is the state association for 50 local United Ways and administers the statewide NC 211 system, a 24/7/365 information and referral system serving all 100 counties in North Carolina.  This position is part of a team of Navigators that successfully deliver high touch support and services to clients through various lines of business that leverage the NC 211 system.  Navigators can become specialized in one or more line(s) of business at NC 211, allowing them to provide a higher level of service to clients.  Navigators are assigned to support either NCCARE360, the first statewide coordinated care network in the nation, or other specialized programs and initiatives at NC 211.

Areas of Responsibility:

Navigator Function

  • As part of the call center team, complete full NC 211 Call Center orientation and training in assisting clients, using the 2-1-1 database, and Call Center Standard Operating Procedures. Participate in on-going trainings with call center staff.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of assigned subject area(s) to be best enabled to support clients accessing NC 211 through designated line(s) of business. 
  • Maintain a general knowledge of all lines of business supported by the Navigator Team to allow for back-up support as needed.
  • Receive and respond to clients through various channels for initiatives and projects.
  • Follow established protocols to fully assess the needs of the client and identify the resource(s) to best meet the need(s) of the client.
  • Provide high-touch service to the client including, but not limited to, advocacy calls, warm transfer, assistance with completing an intake or application process, assistance with compiling documentation to receive assistance, developing an action plan and more to assist client.
  • Maintain contact with client through follow-up and outreach efforts with the client’s consent.
  • Document all contacts with clients in established databases and systems (iCarol, NCCARE360), including the collection of required demographic fields.  Maintain comprehensive notes on client needs and resources provided, and any barriers encountered with accessing resources.
  • Utilize lethality assessment and arrange for crisis intervention services when needed.

Quality Assurance

  • Adhere to documented workflows which will be monitored for compliance with opportunities provided for continued staff development.
  • Contribute to team performance by meeting or exceeding monitored performance metrics.
  • Actively engage in team meetings, trainings and coaching sessions and any collaborative feedback sessions with Team Lead and Managers. 
  • Provide support for community meetings about navigation services, as requested.
  • Maintain communication with Team Lead concerning barriers, changes, gaps, problems or issues.

Resource and Database Support

  • Support the NC 211 Resource Team by flagging resources in iCarol needing update, deletion and/or addition for database identified through work and as appropriate.
  • Maintain awareness of seasonal or cyclical resources and offer those opportunities to clients accordingly.

Other Requirements

  • Our call center operation is located in Cary, NC.  All staff are required to work on site for at least the first 90 days of employment.  After 90 days, a remote hybrid work opportunity is available for team members who meet or exceed performance expectations.  To ensure the health and safety of our team, we require all staff to maintain current vaccination status and follow any local, state or federal public health guidelines.
  • NC 211 is an integral part of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). This requires all NC 211 staff to be available during times of emergency, to work beyond normal hours and/or to be flexible in meeting the needs of the event.


  • A passion for helping and empowering our fellow North Carolinians.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in social services or human services and at least one year of experience in the human services field, or two years’ experience in 211 call center or similar call center environment.
  • Ability to obtain or current certification as a Community Resource Specialist with the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS).
  • Professional and/or personal experience with and knowledge of health and human services resources in North Carolina and the needs and barriers faced by vulnerable populations across the State.
  • Experience with information and referral systems and processes, especially call centers and phone and electronic referrals.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds, needs, and communication styles
  • Working knowledge and comfortable with call center technology and software applications, especially client management systems.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent listening skills and patience.  Non-judgmental, and tolerant of the diverse values and beliefs of clients. 
  • Respectful of the confidential nature of client’s need and the information and referral service.


  • Benefits include paid leave, 100% paid health insurance and employer contribution to a 403B Plan.
  • Bi-lingual candidates encouraged to apply, please include your level of fluency in your resume or letter.
  • Candidates must have the ability to work at UWNC’s Cary NC call center location.
  • We encourage people with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply.  Workplace accommodations can be made for individuals with special needs.

United Way of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.