Android/iOS Developer (Volunteer)

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Recruiting Organization: WhoWhatWhy

´╗┐Mobile Application Developer (Volunteer)

*Note: The following is an opportunity for volunteer, part-time, flexible work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment.* This is a work-at-home position.

Are you interested in learning the ins and outs of a nonprofit organization in a challenging, rewarding environment? The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Mobile Application Developer to join our IT team.

We are looking for a mobile app developer to lead the design, development and maintenance of Android and iPhone apps.The developer will lead the entire app lifecycle right from concept stage until delivery and post launch support for either of the mentioned projects. In addition to delivering the product the successful candidate will be heavily involved in driving strategies for future mobile development. The ideal candidate must be an adaptable self-starter and capable of managing their workload and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment. This person would have the ability to work independently with minimum supervision demonstrating initiative, organizational skills, time management, and precise attention to detail.

Who We Are

Before you decide to apply, make sure the WhoWhatWhy mission resonates with you. Check out You’ll quickly see that we’re a credible response to the raging debate over whether the news is "fake" or not, publishing agenda-free research and bracingly fresh analysis. At WhoWhatWhy we approach each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep and ask hard questions. We believe that this is the essence of true journalism.

Because we’re straight to the point, we make clear that, as a nonprofit with a very limited budget that accepts no advertising, we are staffed principally by volunteers -- skilled volunteers. However, we do have big ambitions -- which is why we’re seeking experienced Mobile Application developers who will play a crucial role in our ability to grow and share our quality journalism with an ever-expanding, eager audience.


  • Acting as lead iOS and/or Android developer. Depending on the skills set, can be led on one platform and play a supporting role across the other.
  • Creating compelling device specific user interfaces and experiences.
  • Building visual prototypes to illustrate product deliverables.
  • Deliver across the entire app life cycle -- concept, design, build, deploy, test, release to app stores and support the product if needed.
  • Working directly with developers and product managers to conceptualize, build, test and realize products.
  • Working closely with another mobile app developer leading the other platform development.
  • Working along with the web developers to create and maintain a robust framework to support the apps.
  • Working with the front end developers to build the interface with focus on usability features.
  • Optimizing performance for the apps.
  • Explaining technologies and solutions to technical and non-technical stakeholders.


  • Proven software development experience -- desktop and mobile.
  • Published examples of mobile applications on the App store or the Android market.
  • A track record of delivering successful consumer and or business products.
  • Ability to use analytic data and user testing to inform design decisions.
  • A passion for new technology and giving back to the community.
  • Ability to multi-task and good time management skills.
  • Ability to work on their own and as a part of the team.
  • Excellent mobile app testing/ QA skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) to liaise with various teams.

Essential volunteer skills

  • Knowledge of SQLite, MySQL or similar database management system.
  • Understanding of other compiled languages.
  • Experience on web service integration (SOAP, REST, JSON, XML).
  • Experience of development using web technologies.

iOS -

  • Strong design and programming skills in Objective-C (or Swift).
  • Familiar with iOS SDK.
  • Familiar with xcode.

Android -

  • Strong design and programming skills in Java (J2EE/ J2ME).
  • Familiar with the Android SDK.


  • Work in an exciting, up-and-coming organization in a crucial and socially relevant field.
  • Interact with people at all levels.
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations.
  • Collaborate with smart, accomplished co-workers.
  • Have fun and make a difference.


You will work remotely and on your own schedule, though we require a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week. Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through Slack and email, and team members are requested to be highly responsive in a timely manner. We prefer candidates who can commit a minimum of six months to our organization. This is a work-at-home position.

To Apply

Please send us a resume and carefully reasoned, customized cover letter that outlines your experience and skill set and explains why you're a good fit for this position. If there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send cover letters to Our mission must resonate deeply with you. We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. You must confirm your understanding that this is a volunteer position.

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389 5th Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 11109, US

Mission Statement

To bridge the gap between intention and action in order to bring about social impact.


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