Job Opportunities

Ragtag Film Society is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are actively dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the communities we serve, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities. RFS will provide accommodations in all aspects of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Ragtag Film Society 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.


True/False exists in a permeable, in-between land—bounded by fiction and nonfiction, but also bridging cultures and disciplines. Within that space, we encourage an atmosphere of innovation and excitement, free of the heat and stress of the market. Here’s where a revolutionary new alloy can be forged, the future of an urgent art. Far from the mountains, oceans, media machines or other perks that usually mark a festival destination, Columbia is a friendly college town of over 100,000 people. The festival was started locally, and it is now a grassroots phenomenon, and “filmmaker utopia”, selling 50,000 tickets and supported by 1,000 volunteers. More than anything, we take pride in creating a joyful, festival atmosphere that simultaneously takes the movies very seriously.

True/False is a project of the Ragtag Film Society, a nonprofit organization with a 20-year history of showcasing transformative cinema and art in Columbia, Missouri through its two projects–True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema. Ragtag Film Society was recently named the 2018 Arts Organization of the Year by the Missouri Arts Council and the 2018 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

We seek out the most creative, energetic people and give them the tools to transform the downtown core of Columbia, both indoors and out. When the festival remakes ordinary spaces into magical, temporary spots, it inspires attendees and townies. T/F showcases downtown Columbia and its potential. In addition to the opportunity to be an influential part of one of the most exciting cultural events in the Midwest, festival positions offer a high degree of autonomy and flexibility in scheduling. You’ll be working with some of the most talented, creative individuals in mid-Missouri, the RFS Core; a crack squad of folks who work year-round to pull off one of the most vibrant cultural events in the Midwest, and to run a homegrown venue showcasing the best in U.S. independent and international filmmaking. We offer a laid-back but professional culture, where all ideas are welcome, and creativity and entrepreneurship are valued and rewarded.



Overview: The Ragtag Film Society is looking for a motivated sales person with a love for the society’s cultural mission and a passion for energetic, in-person sponsor relations to work alongside the Development & Sponsorship Director in facilitating the growth of the organization’s sponsorship programs. This creative self-starter is primarily responsible for securing cash and trade from a growing base of local and national-level supporters. We strongly encourage people from historically underrepresented communities to apply, particularly: people of color; immigrants; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people; and genderqueer, trans, and gender nonconforming people.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • 2-4 years of sales/sponsorship experience;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to customer service;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple tasks;
  • Ability to think critically and creatively;
  • Eagerness to learn and affinity for problem solving;
  • Computer savvy, including GSuite platforms, Zoom, Slack, and Airtable, and confidence with other database use;
  • National industry and local business knowledge and relationships are preferred, but not required;
  • A working knowledge of the film industry landscape is a bonus.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist Development & Sponsorship Director in implementing annual sponsorship strategy for the projects of RFS: Ragtag Cinema and True/False Film Fest; 
  • Collaborate with RFS directors, programmers, and other staff to identify new and exciting ways for sponsors to engage in the Fest and cinema;
  • With an emphasis on film industry partners, identify, research, and recruit cash and in-kind sponsors for Ragtag Film Society, creating annual and perennial sponsorships that meet or exceed the organization’s financial goals;
  • Create and design partnerships that harmonize with the values of the organization and optimize the customer experience to create sustainable win/win relationships;
  • Maintain excellent communication with sponsors before, during, and after activation to ensure expectations are clearly understood by all parties, including staff responsible for implementation;
  • Ensure delivery of all contracted benefits across the organization, providing sponsors with proof of performance in a timely and professional manner;
  • Input and maintain detailed sponsor information in RFS database;
  • Revise, edit, & proofread written materials, including the festival program guide, sponsorship decks, and other pitch materials;
  • Contribute to the overall success of RFS’ events and programs as needed.

Compensation and Culture: Compensation will be commensurate with experience and competitive for a full-time, year-round fundraising position with a nonprofit in Columbia, Missouri, in the range of $36-$44k. Salary compensation will be negotiated to consider base salary and commission. This role does require some evening and weekend work, based on special events surrounding the cinema and the festival. We offer health benefits, a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your own schedule, a generous amount of paid time off, and a collaborative culture.

 To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Sponsorship Manager, a resume with three references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Barbie Banks: [email protected] Applications will be accepted until July 15, but a hiring decision may be made before that date. The ideal candidate would begin by August 1.


Overview: The Programmer will work closely with the Artistic Director, the other Film programmer and wider curation team as well as other team members. Primary responsibilities include: programming the T/F film lineup in collaboration with the team, conceiving and coordinating adjacent programming, and cultivating film and art world relationships. We strongly encourage emerging programmers to apply, and we strongly encourage people from historically underrepresented communities to apply, particularly: people of color; immigrants; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people; and genderqueer, trans, and gender nonconforming people.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Ardent curiosity and an enthusiasm for research and a critical perspective on the art of nonfiction filmmaking;
  • A track record of nonfiction film curation and/or scholarship is preferred, with an understanding of how to program for both documentary-focused cinephiles as well as for viewers who haven’t yet engaged with nonfiction cinema;
  • Strong interpersonal skills including excellent writing and timely communication;
  • Self-driven, with a high attention to detail and persistent follow-through;
  • Emotional intelligence, the ability to work with a variety of team members;
  • At least one year working for True/False or another festival.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Research and solicit new nonfiction films for consideration by the True/False programming team working with our tracking database;
  • Watch and file reviews of films, both submitted and solicited;
  • Work with the programming team to select the True/False film lineup (approximately 36 features and 3-4 shorts programs). Contribute ideas for other repertory programs as part of the film program;
  • Correspond with sales agents, distributors, and filmmakers to secure invited films and confirm guest attendance;
  • Guide canaries (screening committee) from a programming perspective, reading reviews and moving submitted films through the programming pipeline;
  • Lead canary meetings on a rotating basis with other members, selecting films, leading discussions and providing mentorship and guidance to committee members;
  • Write film submission notification letters;
  • Write and edit film- and Synapses-related program content (copy for website, program book, etc.);
  • Contribute ideas and secure speakers for Synapses events (including Field Sessions, Campfire Stories, and Gimme Truth);
  • Work with programming team to determine industry guests (e.g. post-screening conversation facilitators, mentors for first-time directors);
  • Work with programming team to envision social events and parties for attending filmmakers, artists, and industry;
  • Collaborate with the hospitality and print traffic teams on guest/film logistics;
  • Be an ambassador for the Fest during the festival weekend, ensuring attending filmmakers and artists have the best possible experience;
  • Ringleader duties: Introduce screenings and facilitate post-screening discussions with the general public during the festival;
  • Take part in regular meetings with wider Fest Curation team (Music Curator, Art Curator, etc.) to share program information and discuss potential cross-program collaborations;
  • Collaboration with sponsorship, development, and CPE directors to support and elevate their areas of the festival with regard to applicable curatorial content;
  • Collaboration with communications department on promotion of the film program, being available for press interviews as required and fact-checking press releases related to program;
  • In collaboration with the rest of the programming team, work with RFS Tech Director, RFS Operations Director, and RFS Production Manager to ensure quality presentation standards are set and met;
  • Other duties as needed and directed by the Artistic Director.

Compensation & Commitment: This is an 8 to 9 month position classified as temporary, seasonal employee with a stipend in the range of $24,000-$27,000. We offer a results-oriented work environment; our collaborative culture supports innovation and time spent on other passion projects. If not already based in Columbia, the True/False Film Programmer should plan to relocate to Columbia for ideally 3 months leading up to and through the festival; exact timing to be discussed. We anticipate the role beginning by the latest at the start of August 2022 and running until the end of March 2023. Applicants should be authorized to work in the US.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our new programmer, along with a resume and three references. Additionally, we require at least one writing sample that spotlights your critical perspective on nonfiction film, at least 500 words. Send all materials to Arin Liberman: [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the application deadline is Tuesday July 5 at 10AM CST.


Overview: Do you have a background in business services, administration, bookkeeping, and/or human resources and enjoy supporting all facets of a dynamic nonprofit? We’re looking for a motivated self-starter with exceptional organizational, customer service, and time management skills. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to collaboration, confidentiality, integrity, and a commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity. Especially if you have nonprofit experience, as well as a passion for the arts and the powerful impact they can have, we invite you to apply now!

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and traits:

  • At least 1-2 years of experience in business/nonprofit administration and/or accounting/finance;
  • Proficiency with Quickbooks;
  • Broad knowledge of accounting principles;
  • Strong aptitude for math;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Confidence and discretion in working with finances and other sensitive information; 
  • Computer savvy, including GSuite platforms, Zoom, Slack, and Airtable, and confidence with other database use.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Bookkeeping: Execute regular (daily/weekly) bookkeeping for the organization, Review, prepare, and adjust quarterly and other requested reports, with organizational leadership team assistance where needed, Administer financial and procurement processes for all of RFS, including, organizational invoice and payment processing, Assist leadership team with budget preparation, audit, and tax functions.
  • Human Resources: Assist in management of contracts and external agreements, Payroll management, including coordinating, tracking, and reporting employee vacations, Manage and administer new hire paperwork, including health insurance, Identify the company’s hiring needs and manage the recruitment process, Work with leadership team to create, implement, and evaluate all human resource department policies, procedures, and structures;
  • Develop and implement processes for areas of oversight where needed; maintain and/or adjust processes where needed.

Commitment & Compensation: This is a full-time position with benefits. Must reside in Boone County. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and in the range of $36,000-$40,000 annually. We offer a results-oriented work environment and a collaborative culture that supports innovation, a paid time off program with flexible holiday time, and support for time spent on other passion projects. 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Human Resource & Financial Administrator, along with your current resume and at least two references. Send all materials to Camellia Cosgray at [email protected] The application deadline is July 1, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.