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Telecommuting Ruby on Rails developer for work on two nonprofit websites

at Daily Source Limited in Shhhh...   —   Jul 05, 2014   |  
If you email us, it’s important to provide the information listed in the “Information we need” section below. If you have applied with us in the past, you are very welcome to apply for this. We are a small nonprofit organization and we were not able to reply to all of the applicants for our past openings. We are happy to consider you for this position.

Our first website is below, and most of the first two months would probably be spent helping with it — mostly implementing new features, and doing some refactoring/optimization in some areas:

The site’s mission is to bring high-quality news and information from around the Internet to the public. You can read more about it here:

The site was chosen by PBS’ Media Shift blog as a top 5 trend to watch. We have some top journalists in the U.S. working and/or volunteering for us including; Laura Noueihed, who was the chief editor in charge of the night editions of the front page of the New York Times' Web site in the past; Vince Winkel, who has won 20 awards for excellence in journalism while working for places like CBS, NPR, CNN, and the BBC and who is the former operating editor of; and Lynne Adams who headed up a 30 person division at the BBC covering international and national stories for their Web site and mobile platforms.


This is the project you’ll be working on about 90% of the time after the first two months. Its focus is on helping the people in the world in the greatest need, especially the 2 billion extremely poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America who are trying to live on less than $2 a day"

Check out the innovative World Wealth Calculator,, that the top economist at the World Bank volunteered to help us create. 

We are very excited about and have received an extremely positive response to it so far. While we are on a somewhat small budget at the moment, we expect the site to eventually have tens of thousands of users and believe it will be a feather in the cap of whoever develops it. It will be a great portfolio builder and excellent basis for references. We are looking to make a big impact on the world with this project.

We developed DailySource using Ruby on Rails, MySQL, and a good amount of AJAX - and are looking to do the same with


If you think you might be interested in these, please email the following to: developer (at) dailysource (dot) org:

* Your resume (or the equivalent information such as work experience and skills, or curriculum vitae).

* The number of hours per week you are available. We prefer 30 to 45, and will consider as low as 15 a week.

* How much you would charge per hour to work on these. Again, we are a nonprofit and do not have a large budget. In the past we’ve paid $10-$17, but we might be able to go a little higher depending on the candidate.

* If English is not your native tongue, please let us know the levels of your written and verbal English.

* Where you found the job ad, and please include the title of the ad too.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until we’ve found the right new team members to join us.

We are forward thinking and passionate about making the world a better place — particularly for those most in need.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Rachel Wright
Tech Manager
Telecommuting from anywhere in the world is possible. The times of day you do the work are totally flexible, though finding times 1-2 days a week to talk briefly via IM will be important.
The types of things we need done are:

Helping design the architecture of the site.

Writing the code for the core functionality and features.

Ideally some systems admin work, and at the very least helping get the site back up if it’s down. Our current developer does some systems admin work, and we likely will have a very part-time system admin to help us. IIf you’re good at system admin, especially AWS.
Once the site is live — some occasional (about once a week) technical support mostly through email for our users.
The basic skills requirements besides Rails and Ruby and MySQL are:
Comfortable with Linux, Apache.
Understanding how different parts of a system affect each other.
Javascript and Javascript common libraries/toolkits.
Ability to deploy changes to your code on AWS/EC2.
XHTML/CSS (not necessarily design).
Some basic graphic design/layout ability is a plus.
You also need to pay close attention to details, work well as a team member, communicate on a regular basis, and be productive and highly organized. Familiarity with tools such as Git and Redmine is helpful, though these are pretty easy to figure out.
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