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UniversalGiving® Software Engineer Probono - Make an Impact!



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023
Business Unit: Product Development Reports To: Product Development Associate

Job Summary

Pro Bono: The ideal candidate should architect and code software solutions for our existing website and should meet the Sprint goals on time. He/She should have a strong commitment to building new and improving existing server-side website features and components. You are an accomplished engineer who wants to give back to Tech for Good. You might have made it big financially and don't need to make money, or are seeking to give back on the side.

UniversalGiving® is an award-winning nonprofit allowing people to donate and volunteer with top-performing, vetted organizations all over the world. 100% goes directly to the cause. All partner organizations are vetted with our proprietary Quality Model®. UniversalGiving® has been featured on the homepage of Bloomberg, Oprah.com, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. UniversalGiving® also has been featured in more than 16 books, including the new edition Harvard Business Review Book, HBR Guide to Delivering Effective Feedback, Arianna Huffington’s Thrive, and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen’s Giving 2.0. We have also been acknowledged six times on Great Nonprofits’ annual Top Nonprofits lists and are highlighted in Huffington Post's list of best volunteering matching websites. We continue to gain momentum, with dozens of articles in the Christian Science Monitor and monthly contributions on Forbes. To date, we have matched more than 22,000 volunteers worth $31 million dollars’ of volunteer hours.


  • Executing: Primary responsibility is coding in JAVA/MySQL and implementing Sprints
  • Collaborate with front-end developers/senior management to deliver quality code
  • Develop server-side Java technologies for existing & new application components
  • Scoping, developing, and implementing new user features and new web components
  • Increase operational efficiency & system visibility by developing tracking analysis
  • Provide recommendations on coding standards and guidelines
  • Track and communicate team progress/performance with the organization’s leadership
  • Update, improve and release new architecture & features for UniversalGiving®.


  • BS/MS Degree in Computer Science (or equivalent)
  • 4+ years of application development experience using JAVA, MySQL, React
  • Strong proficiency in JavaScript, including DOM manipulation & JavaScript object model
  • Experience with client-side web technologies such as JavaScript, CSS
  • Familiarity with source controls such as SVN and CVS
  • Knowledge of design patterns and object-oriented modeling (e.g. UML)
  • Thorough understanding of the software development lifecycle (SDLC).
  • Experience with designing/analysis/testing/implementation/maintenance/QA processes.
  • Strong debugging skills and principles: Familiarity with bug-tracking systems such as Jira
  • Experience in writing React.js unit test cases with JEST
  • Experience in writing REST API integration test cases
  • Good knowledge of Git, Gitlab/bitbucket/Github


  • Part-time, flexible remote positions
  • Opportunity to work with a diverse, global team representing over 25 cultures
  • Gain experience with a Tech for Good nonprofit
  • With proven success & a positive attitude, UniversalGiving® is likely to facilitate J1, OPT visas

Duration and Location

  • The position is available part-time (5-20 hours per week)
  • Minimum 6 months commitment
  • We provide remote positions with a highly globally focused team from more than 20 countries, including Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Georgia, the Philippines, Haiti, Germany, Canada, the Kurdish population, South Korea, the U.K., Brazil, and many more.

To Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, Linkedin, and portfolio work to jobs@universalgiving.org, with the title: Engineering for Impact Application.

UniversalGiving® is committed to understanding and representing the diverse populations it serves worldwide. Members of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, nationalities, physical abilities or disabilities, religions or beliefs, and cultures are welcome as employees and volunteers in our organization. We believe that a diverse team will best serve our diverse populations. Please see our policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Our Vision is to “Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering Are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.

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