Festival Jobs

Want to work for the Fest? Here's your chance. We are currently accepting applications for open slots on our team of 40+ dedicated Core Staffers who bring the Fest from crazy idea to tangible reality.

If you're interested in applying, please email your resume and a brief introductory message to jeremy@truefalse.org. Indicate which job you are applying for, the dates you are available to work and reside in Columbia, MO, a short summary of your work experience and qualifications, and why you think YOU would rock the job.

Depending on the number of inquiries, we may not be able to respond to everyone, but we'll do our best. Compensation is dependent on final job description, qualifications, and time commitment. Employment is offered under an independent contractor agreement. The True/False Film Fest is dedicated to equal opportunity employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran or disabled status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

Thanks for applying!

Updated 8/28/14:

MANAGER OF THEATER OPERATIONS

This multi-faceted guru keeps 10 theaters running with creative solutions to logistical problems. You open and close the doors to the theaters and oversee everything that happens in between (and beforehand). Must absolutely love logistical planning, worst-case scenarios, attendee traffic flow solutions, and overseeing a small army of theater managers and theater ops staff. This position is a challenging mix of venue relations, theater operations, volunteer coordination, and general festival logistics that no mere mortal dare shoulder.

The nitty gritty duties:

  • Oversee all theater operations, staff and volunteers during the week of the festival

  • Recruit, train and supervise Venue Captains, House Managers, Stage Managers, and Queens

  • Conduct Venue Captain, House Manager, Stage Manager, Queen, and general volunteer training sessions

  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to set shift times and volunteer numbers for all theater ops-related needs

  • Help meet last-minute volunteer needs when volunteers do not show up for shifts

  • Update and publish the volunteer manual and other volunteer training materials

  • Serve as communication hub for theater operations and events (as related to implementation at venues); ensure that events integrate seamlessly with all theater operations

  • Act as the primary festival contact for venues after Venue Captain during weekend of the festival

  • Work with production manager and box office coordinator to set theater seating capacities

  • Work with production manager and technical director to ensure all theaters are ready to open for screenings

  • Work with festival directors and production manager to maintain admission procedures for films and events

  • Work with production manager to develop venue manuals, complete with diagrams and written documentation of volunteer duties, placement, and set up and break down procedures for each venue

  • Assemble and inventory venue supply boxes for the week of the festival

  • Attend post-festival walk-throughs at all venues and assemble wrap notes from each venue captain and asst. venue captain

  • Serve as first contact after 911 for any emergency during the festival

  • Other logistical and operational tasks as assigned

Time Commitment:

Approx 300 hours between Nov 1 and March 15

Must be on the ground in Columbia from Feb 1--March 15 (or willing to commute to Columbia a minimum of 3 times in Feb for 2-3 days each time and on the ground no later than Feb 19 if commuting).

Applications DUE by October 1, 2014. 

 

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OFFICE MANAGER

This talented administrative assistant keeps T/F HQ humming along by keeping the office and the staff organized. From filing to note-taking to taking out the trash, no job is too small for you, and you enjoy being the zen one in the middle of slightly organized chaos.

Job Duties:

  • Take notes during meetings; issue action plans and summaries to participants

  • Assist managing director with accounting; including reimbursement review, check writing, filing, and QuickBooks entry

  • Monitor and answer office voice mail and general email account

  • Order office and cleaning supplies

  • Keep the T/F offices clean and tidy

  • Maintain multiple schedules for multiple staffers, including master festival calendar

  • Assist with off-season events: Boone Dawdle, off-season screenings, receptions, etc

  • Assist with Super Circle passholder TLC: schedule programming consultations, special event attendance, etc

  • Act as gatekeeper in order to minimize and direct traffic coming into the main office

  • Assist merch coordinator with off-season merch sales and fulfillment of on-line orders

  • Assist with grant applications and reports

  • Help coordinate and clean up staff meal times in the Bullpen during Fest weekend

  • Potential to work on T/F Audio Sales

  • Other tasks as assigned

Time Commitment:

This is a year-round position, but hours vary from approximately 15-20 hours per week April through Oct, 35-40 hours per week November through January, 40-45 hours per week in Feb, and 30 hours per week in March. The week of the festival could require 50-60 hours.

Applications DUE by October 1, 2014. 


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ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

The Assistant Volunteer Coordinator is organized, detail-oriented, and likes people. He or she has experience working with databases, scheduling large numbers of people, and isn’t daunted by the prospect of making 50 schedule changes in an hour. Reports directly to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Job duties: 

  • Screen volunteer applications in DoGooder (our web-based volunteer database + scheduling system) and assign volunteers to teams
  • Working with team leads and Volunteer Coordinator, build volunteer shifts/schedules in DoGooder
  • Assign volunteers their schedules in DoGooder
  • Answer general emails and schedule change requests from volunteers
  • Confirm volunteer schedules
  • Send schedules to team leaders with volunteer contact info
  • Help plan and operate the Volunteer Training (mid-Feb)
  • Assist with the make-up volunteer training on the Thursday morning of the festival
  • During the festival, maintain the volunteer "black list" and help provide substitute volunteers to replace no-shows; manage the volunteer waiting list
  • During the festival, coordinate volunteer check-in at the box office


Time commitment: 

Approximately 150 hours between Nov 1 - March 15; must be on the ground in Columbia by February 28, 2015, and able to travel to Columbia for two staff/volunteer trainings in February (Feb 7 and Feb 21).

Applications DUE by October 1, 2014. 


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VENUE CAPTAIN (several positions open)

Do you have theater operations experience, either at True/False or elsewhere? Are you outgoing and friendly? Do you like imparting important information to large masses of people quickly and efficiently? Can you seat a crowd of hundreds lickety split and start the show on time? Can you delegate like the Delegation National Champion, yet step in with grace and aplomb when needed? If you answered “yes” to most or all of those questions, you might be the perfect Venue Captain! This position requires the ability to successfully manage a team of volunteers and a willingness to work long hours over a four-day period. A small stipend is provided.

Specific duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Ensure the safe and successful operation of a festival cinema throughout the festival weekend, from Thursday through Sunday (March 5-8, 2015)

  • Know your cinema like the back of your hand: entrances/exits, restrooms, emergency procedures, etc

  • Work with Manager of Theater Operations (MOTO) and Assistant MOTO to build your venue's Venue Bible, and have that Venue Bible more or less memorized

  • Work closely with production manager, MOTO, and volunteer coordinator to train and staff cinemas

  • Manage your team of an assistant venue captains, stage managers, Queens, and general venue staff, making sure they have all pertinent information and are successfully carrying out their assignments

  • Field last-minute volunteer scheduling problems. Responsible for contacting volunteer coordinator if someone is flaking out or if you feel the need for more staff.

  • Contact for volunteer venue staff once initial crew assignments have been made.

  • Attend all pre-festival VC/AVC trainings, all-volunteer training, and post-Fest venue walk through (exceptions can be made if you don’t live in or near Columbia)

  • Act as point of contact for venue owners during the four days of the Festival

Time commitment:

Approximately 60 hours over the course of the Fest weekend (may be more or less, depending on the venue), plus two training days and potentially a small amount of prep prior to the Fest..

 

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ASSISTANT VENUE CAPTAIN (several positions open)

Do you have theater operations experience, either at True/False or elsewhere? Are you outgoing and friendly? Do you like imparting important information to large masses of people quickly and efficiently? Can you seat a crowd of hundreds lickety split and start the show on time? Can you train staff on the fly, and train them well? If you answered “yes” to most or all of those questions, you might be the perfect Assistant Venue Captain! This position requires the ability to successfully manage a team of volunteers and a willingness to work long hours over a four-day period. A small stipend is provided.

Specific duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Work with your Venue Captain to ensure the safe and successful operation of a festival theater venue throughout the festival weekend, from Thursday through Sunday (March 5-8, 2015)

  • Know your venue like the back of your hand: entrances/exits, restrooms, emergency procedures, etc

  • Have your venue's Venue Bible more or less memorized

  • Work with your Venue Captain to train your venue staff

  • Help your Venue Captain oversee and manage stage managers, Queens, and general venue staff, making sure they have all pertinent information and are successfully carrying out their assignments

  • Go-to person for volunteer venue staff once initial crew assignments have been made and VC is not available

  • Attend all pre-festival Venue Captain trainings and the all-volunteer training (exceptions can be made if you don’t live in or near Columbia)

Time commitment:  

Approximately 40 hours over the course of the Fest weekend (may be more or less, depending on the venue), plus two training days prior to the Fest.

 
 
 
 
 
   
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