Manager of Programs & Partnerships
Manager of Programs & Partnerships

Full-time; remote (US-based)


Cortico was created in 2017 out of a desire to transform our polarized and toxic national discourse into a thriving public sphere. As we built the organization beginning with deep expertise in media and technology, we realized that building a healthier public sphere would require not just software and data analytics, but also hardware and technologies for community building. Cortico was born of the understanding that it is not enough to understand existing behavior and attitudes; in order to affect the health of the public sphere – and our democracy – we must create experiences of meaningful encounters, deeper understanding, and opportunities to surface new possibilities.

The deterioration of social and institutional trust is accelerating; people in communities everywhere are frustrated by speaking up and not feeling heard. Surveys and focus groups rarely capture the rich breadth of people’s life experiences. Local in-person forums such as town halls and open meetings fall short as civic spaces, attracting the usual attendees in what are often inadequate efforts to capture the full range of community input.

These times demand better listening channels and stronger civic spaces where input shared by community members sparks more informed and transparent decisions from our leaders.

Cortico’s Local Voices Network (LVN) platform brings people together in recorded small-group conversations around their life experiences. Through a powerful combination of AI and human listening, LVN enables organizations to make sense of the conversations they collect, and surfaces community voices into public dialogue and decision making – with authenticity, nuance, and transparency– an approach that surveys and focus groups cannot match.

LVN’s unique human/machine system is the product of an effort led by Cortico in cooperation with MIT’s Center for Constructive Communication (MIT CCC).

The Manager of Programs & Partnerships works closely with the VP of Programs & Partnerships to advance Cortico’s mission by implementing strategy that builds and strengthens our community of partners, ensuring engagement and success across all project phases. This role identifies new partnership opportunities, fields prospective partner inquiries, and manages conversation projects, collaborating closely with partners and people across the Cortico team. 

The compensation range for this role is $80,000-$90,000 and we have competitive benefits which can be found here. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.

A note about culture

Cortico’s team is kind, collaborative, inquisitive, and inclusive. We have high standards for quality and ethics, and help each other learn in order to reach our objectives. We think technology is best built by teams with a diversity of background, thought, and experience. Every team member is a human first, and we strive to create a culture and environment that supports your career goals and respects all of the hats you wear in life, not just the ones that earn you a paycheck.

About you

Minimum qualification


Next steps

Please send an email to with the following information:

This is not an entry-level position. However, if you are unsure if you are qualified please consider applying anyway.

The process

We aim to review and respond to all applicants within three weeks of submission. We’ll schedule a short phone call with the hiring manager to set expectations and make sure we’re all on the same page about the role and your qualifications. We’ll schedule a Zoom meeting with the hiring team where we’ll review your past experience. We’ll introduce a project prompt and set up a panel across our team to review. Finally, you’ll have the chance to connect with any staff member at Cortico privately to meet folks from other roles and get any questions answered about the inner workings of the organization.

Cortico maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.