Senior Mobile Developer

Job ID
# of Openings Remaining
Full-Time Regular
NYPLABS Digital Labs


NYPL Digital is responsible for providing strategic leadership across the whole of the New York Public Library through its digital services and operations. In achieving this, its goal is to deliver high-quality, high-performing interactive products and services that meet patrons’ needs and expectations.


Principal Responsibilities

Seeking: an experienced mobile applications developer to help reinvent eBook discovery and access for public libraries.  The New York Public Library is building a small, empowered product team to develop a mobile platform for ebook lending and reading that could serve as model for public libraries across North America. The ideal candidate is that rare intersection of software super geek and social do-gooder seeking to improve public access to knowledge and information. If you’re game to help re-imagine the public library eBook experience, then make that vision real (and scaleable), then we want you to be a part of this team.


  • Play a key role in the design and development of an mobile application platform for eBooks and Library digital content for iOS and Android.
  • Participate in the overall maintenance of the application, including bug fixes, performance enhancements and run-time production support
  • Work with server-side engineers to define service APIs to support the mobile applications
  • Write clean, well-documented and unit-tested code
  • As needed, generate technical documentation for various aspects of the application
  • Work with front-end (UI) developers to integrate server-side code with UI artifacts
  • Engage with the eBook hacker community through blogging, public speaking, hackathons etc.

Key Competencies

  • Accountability and Professionalism – Demonstrates enthusiasm for and commitment to the position and accepts responsibility for personal actions.
  • Customer Service – Commits to meeting the expectations of internal and external customers. Listens and responds effectively to customer questions; resolves customer problems to the customer’s satisfaction; respects all internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork – Supports a positive team environment in which members participate, respect and cooperate with each other to receive desired results.
  • Job-Specific Knowledge and Skills - Plans, prioritizes, and organizes work effectively to produce measurable results; keeps current with and effectively applies new work methods, skills and technologies to complete work.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 2-3 years of experience writing both native and web mobile applications for iOS, Android or both platforms
  • Expert-level knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, Object-oriented Javascript, Objective-C, Java, and  C++
  • Familiarity with a typed functional language like ocaml or haskell is an advantage"
  • Experience with WebKit, and ePub file format is a plus
  • Has previously built client-server applications
  • Strong experience in managing the constraints in mobile applications – optimizing speed and efficiency with storage, memory usage, power management, battery usage, etc.
  • Keen eye for design detail
  • Strong appreciation for architecture, problem solving, testing, and agile development
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline is preferred

Preferred Qualifications

  • Passion for building high-quality mobile applications
  • Self-starter, with ability to work under pressure on multiple tasks
  • Write and speak as well as you can code (there are often opportunities to write and present about our work inside and outside The Library)
  • High energy and a positive attitude in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, start-up environment
  • Strong desire to make a huge impact on how the public is able to access knowledge.

Work Environment

  • Office setting
  • Office hours, weekend and evenings as needed occasionally.

Union / Non Union

Non Union


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