Job Opportunity with Cortico

Software Engineer


Cortico is looking for a software engineer to help us build the Local Voices Network, a platform that gathers and amplifies underheard voices from communities across the country. The role is best suited for someone who is passionate about building software that acts as a complement to deep human interactions.

You’ll be working on our conversation platform that supports community organizations, journalists, policymakers, and citizens in gathering people together for constructive dialogue, amplifying voices from these conversations to a wider audience, and making sense of large collections of public conversation data through analytic listening.

As a member of the Cortico engineering team, you will be working with a large corpus of audio and transcript data from facilitated conversations. In the past three years, we have collected, transcribed, and indexed conversations involving over 10K people in partnership with over 100 local, global, and media partners. Cortico has done this in tight collaboration with the MIT Center for Constructive Communication, which houses researchers and experts in areas from natural language processing to political science. The work that Cortico engages in with MIT is at the intersection of human computer interaction, civic engagement, and machine learning. This combination of research and deployment is uniquely situated to push the frontier of what digital democracy and civic participation could be.

The compensation range for this role is $110,000-$125,000 and we have competitive benefits which can be found here. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.


Please send an email to careers@cortico.ai with the subject line Software Engineer and include the following information:

  • A cover letter detailing your interest in the role
  • A resumé / cv
  • Any links you think may be relevant (i.e. portfolio, GitHub, etc.)

If you are unsure if you are qualified, please consider applying anyway.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience in a software engineering role, mostly in a frontend role
  • Experience working on a product at scale.
  • Strong foundation in JavaScript, particularly with a modern frontend framework (React preferred).
  • Deep understanding of responsive web design, web standards, and accessibility best practices.
  • A love for testing, from unit tests to end to end integration tests.
  • Familiarity with REST APIs and working concurrently with both a backend team and a designer

Preferred Qualifications

  • A passion for user experience and design justice.
  • Experience working in the civic tech space.
  • Experience in data visualization.
  • Understanding of web performance across a variety of internet speeds.
  • Familiarity building applications with cross-browser support.
  • Experience in internationalization.
  • Experience creating interfaces for results derived from machine learning.
  • Familiarity with iterating on prototypes.
  • An interest in audio data.

About Cortico

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. The Local Voices Network 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.

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.