JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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.

ABOUT THE FEST

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 45,000 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 Staff; 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.

CURRENT LISTINGS:

Community Partnerships & Education Coordinator - Ragtag Film Society

Overview: Ragtag Film Society is dedicated to cultivating deep relationships with stakeholders in our local community, crafting long-term, meaningful partnerships, and helping the Fest and Cinema better reflect that community. This role is firmly rooted within our education efforts, working with both the Manager and the Director of Community Partnerships & Education to lead our high school programs and create opportunities for engagement with students and community members during the festival and year-round.

Duties Include:

  • Developing ideas and planning/implementing logistics for Camp T/F, including; creating curriculum, leading pre-fest meetings, relationship building with schools/teachers, and recruitment
  • Support CP/Ed events during the Fest, including; True Life Fund Assemblies, 10th grade Education screening, DIY Day, Neither/Nor, Student Symposium, Advisory Council meetings, etc.
  • Coordinating festival and other event volunteers
  • Year-round CP/Ed team program support, including; teacher development days, partners in education events, the New Canon Society, community events at the Cinema, and Summer Media Literacy Institute
  • In collaboration with the Fest Box Office team, run pop-up ticket sale booths with community partners
  • Assist Director in implementing systems for measuring efforts and feedback

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Superb interpersonal skills with high emotional intelligence
  • Experience working with people of diverse ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, cultures, races, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail
  • Self-driven individual with the desire to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the city of Columbia, the state of Missouri, and the wider world of film, media, and education

Compensation and Culture: This role is a 10-15 hr/week part-time position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your own schedule, and a collaborative culture. The salary will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $12-14/hour. Start date on or about October 1st.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Community Partnerships & Education Coordinator, a resume with references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through the end of August.

Manager of Community Partnerships & Education - Ragtag Film Society

Overview: Ragtag Film Society is dedicated to cultivating deep relationships with stakeholders in our local community, crafting long-term, meaningful partnerships, and helping the Fest and Cinema better reflect that community. This role is firmly rooted within our education efforts, working with the Director of Community Partnerships & Education to strengthen our national program for hosting emerging filmmakers and create opportunities for engagement with students and community members during the festival and year-round.

Duties Include:

  • Work with the team Director to develop a comprehensive strategic plan, goals, and performance metrics for community partnerships that grow and deepen RFS community-building
  • Engage and cultivate relationships with community-based organizations, through (including, but not limited to): partnering on events at the Fest, Cinema, and in community spaces, identify barriers to participation for potential partners, create touch-points throughout the year with partners, work with RFS programming team to develop content-specific outreach, develop partner newsletter or other communications, and plan how-to sessions for various local communities. 
  • Harness RFS staff connections & resources in the service of building relationships/outreach
  • Main point of contact and leading logistics coordination and implementation of the Jumpstarters program and the Symposium
  • Logistics & support for other educational programming like the Ed Screening, DIY Day, programming through our CPS partners in education, the New Canon Society, TLF Assemblies, and Neither/Nor implementation
  • Assist Director in an alumni network initiative for students who have been through RFS Education programs

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Superb interpersonal skills with high emotional intelligence
  • Experience working with people of diverse ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, cultures, races, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail
  • Self-driven individual with the desire to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the city of Columbia, the state of Missouri, and the wider world of film and media
  • Local knowledge and relationships are preferred, but not required

Compensation and Culture: This role is a full-time position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your own schedule, and a collaborative culture. The salary will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $28,000-30,000 annually. 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Manager of Community Partnerships & Education, a resume with references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through the end of August, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

Film Programmer - Ragtag Cinema

Ragtag Film Society exists to champion independent film and media art and to serve film communities both locally and globally. First and foremost, Ragtag Cinema exists to provide a venue for the best in U.S. independent and international filmmaking. We believe that audiences should have a breadth of film options. We seek a film programmer who embraces this wide-ranging approach along with the Ragtag Cinema programming values, aesthetic, and mission.

Position Overview: The Film Programmer will work closely with Ragtag’s Managing Director, Cinema staff members, and Ragtag Film Society’s Director of Film Programming to offer an engaging film lineup at the Cinema. Primary responsibilities include: programming the film slate, conceiving and coordinating film-adjacent programming, cultivating film-world relationships, and engaging local communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and solicit films for Ragtag Cinema
  • Maintain communication with our distributors in regard to acquisition of films
  • Research box office grosses from other markets to assist in forecasting length of run for films
  • Curate specialty programming, included but not limited to Homebrewed, Passport, Family Friendly
  • Coordinate with marketing director and managing director on marketing materials for film and series programming
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Work with the Ragtag Cinema Managing Director to assess weekly financials
  • Write and edit film-related program content
  • Correspond with sales agents, distributors, and filmmakers to secure films
  • Facilitate scheduled introduction and/or post-screening discussions
  • Imagine, organize, and run film-adjacent events throughout the year
  • Collaborate with the Ragtag Cinema team to determine film presentation and event logistics
  • Consult with Ragtag Cinema team to assess the financial impact of programming
  • Collaborate with Ragtag Film Society’s Education and Community Partnership team members to create a robust education and outreach program at the cinema
  • Attend development and sponsorship meetings as needed
  • Participate in New Canon Society, a new programming initiative
  • Collaborate with Ragtag Cinema’s Tech Director on print traffic of all films
  • Work with Ragtag Cinema’s Tech Director and Marketing Director on marketing and promotional materials

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Ardent curiosity and an enthusiasm for research
  • A critical perspective on the art of filmmaking
  • A track record of film curation and/or scholarship is preferred, but not required, with an understanding of how to program for both cinephiles as well as for viewers who haven’t yet engaged with independent 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

Compensation: Compensation is a salary of $30,000 plus benefits. The ideal candidate would be available for mid-August or September.

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 film, at least 500 words. Send all materials to Barbie Banks, Managing Director: [email protected]

Sponsorship Coordinator - True/False Film Fest

Overview: Are you excited about events marketing and the prospect of selling something you care about? We’re looking for a motivated account executive with both a love for the cultural mission of the festival and a genuine passion for people. This self-starter will be responsible for recruiting new trade partners and managing a highly diverse group of existing partners. We have an exciting event to offer, and we are looking for a bright, talented salesperson to help cultivate and nurture the growing list of businesses that support us with their products or services in exchange for marketing exposure, good will, and a cool way to attend the Fest! True/False is looking for someone who can grow with us, and help us grow!

If you have sales experience, or think you’ve got the right combination of personality and organizational skills to both negotiate and coordinate successful outcomes, this could be your opportunity to help promote True/False, build a strong business network, and work alongside a group of smart, energetic people.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and traits:

  • Strong, natural sales ability
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to balance the needs of the festival and the requests of sponsors
  • Excellent attention to detail and flawless follow-through
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial culture
  • Self-driven individual who wants to be part of a cultural arts organization that has a positive impact on the City of Columbia and the wider world of documentary filmmaking
  • One year of professional sales experience preferred, but not required
  • Prior experience with True/False or other festivals is a plus

Specific duties include:

  • Research and secure new trade partnerships
  • Manage approximately 60 in-kind sponsorships valued from $500 to $10,000
  • Assist sponsorship team with partner activation and review of materials
  • Manage sponsor trade deliverables according to various needs; e.g. materials, food vouchers, swag, stage mentions, logo placement, etc.
  • Assist sponsorship team with database entry and upkeep to communicate deliverables to other teams
  • During the four days of the Fest, assist sponsors, attend events, and work to ensure all sponsorships are fulfilled; general sponsor liaising
  • Follow up with sponsors after the fest to receive feedback and express gratitude

Commitment & Compensation: This is a part-time position that will require 15 hours per week from October 1 through March 15. Some evening and occasional weekend time is required during the height of the pre-festival season and during the Fest (festival runs March 5-8, 2020). Must reside in Boone County. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and in the range of $5,000-$6,000 with additional opportunity for commission. We offer a results-oriented work environment, a collaborative culture, and scheduling flexibility.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be one of our new sponsorship aces along with your current resume. Send all materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer, [email protected]. Application deadline: August 15.

Graphic Designer - True/False Film Fest

Overview: Are you excited about the True/False aesthetic? Do you have creative ideas about how to execute and elevate festival design? We’re looking for a skilled, part-time professional to join the team handling festival’s design needs; from print & digital marketing, to festival materials and publications, and merchandise design. While we are looking for someone to work year-round, the nature of the job is seasonal around the festival, with periods of intense activity balanced by stretches of more limited requirements.

The ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Extensive experience with InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Adaptive design eye and skill
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to respond well to feedback and work collaboratively
  • Great attention to detail
  • Ability to work on deadlines and/or quick turnarounds
  • Availability to be in the T/F office for Program Week (Feb 16 – 23, 2020)
  • Currently living in Columbia, MO
  • Previous experience with True/False Film Fest preferred
  • UI/UX design experience a plus

Duties:

  • Collaborate with other designers and the Communications team on visual aspects of festival marketing for both print and digital outlets
  • Develop and collaborate with various teams on visual concepts for festival materials such as passes, booklets, brochures/pamphlets, and festival merchandise
  • Serve on the program book design team to create the T/F festival program

Compensation: Compensation is comprised of a base stipend in the range of $2,800-3,200. While we require a local candidate fill this position, most work can be done remotely with periodic in-office meetings. Start date in mid-August; precise time commitment is generally flexible and expectations will be discussed in full with the candidates.

To Apply: Please submit a brief cover letter telling us why you are a good fit, a resume, and a portfolio/website of sample design work. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer: [email protected], by July 18, 2019

Programming Assistant Fellow(s) - Ragtag Film Society

Ragtag Film Society is looking for two enthusiastic and ambitious individuals to help Ragtag Cinema and True/False Film Fest programmers with the nuts and bolts of coordinating films and special programs. This is an exciting, hands-on opportunity for the right candidates to learn how to program an arthouse cinema and a film festival from the inside. This is a single-year program that comes with a fixed stipend.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Extremely detail oriented, with a strong aptitude for web, database, and spreadsheet use (e.g. Google Drive, Airtable, Slack)
  • Strong customer service skills and helpful, positive disposition
  • Comfort & agility in troubleshooting issues via phone, email, and in person
  • Confidence and discretion in handling fee payments and other personal information
  • Strong interpersonal skills including efficient writing and timely communication
  • Ability to work with a variety of team members
  • Desire to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the wider world of documentary filmmaking and local communities
  • Experience working for other cinemas or film festivals is a plus

Duties:

The following duties will be divided among the fellows; the precise breakdown of duties will be developed individually with the right candidates.

  • Managing film festival submissions; tracking film submissions and payments, checking-in films to the festival database and keeping the submissions database organized (sending confirmation emails, checking duplicates, etc.), and entering additional solicited films
  • Assisting Programming staff in organizing the True/False Screening Committee members and the weekly Committee meetings; assigning films to screeners and tracking their reviews
  • Point person on the official submissions email, answering questions and redirecting high-level requests to programmers as necessary
  • Assist programmers with tracking film status and deliverables; keeping the films database organized and up to date
  • Coordinating with other departments for program grid needs/constraints
  • Writing and sending a large portion of the submission rejection letters
  • Working with the Ringmaster to manage the festival Ringleaders (guests who do Intros & Q&As); training ringleaders and acting as their primary contact, managing shift changes
  • Working with the Fest Mentorship Coordinator to assist with the festival mentorship program
  • Assist programming team with other programming duties as needed
  • Participate in the curation of specialty film series at the cinema; other opportunities for involvement with cinema operations as well

Time commitment:

The fellows should plan to start regular, part time office hours in early August, and will complete their term in mid-June. The August – November hours (10-15 hrs/wk) offer a lot of flexibility in setting your own schedule, but will include programming team screenings and meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Weekly hours will ramp up in December through February, with additional hours (25-35hrs/week) required during the peak programming season (between Jan. 22 and Feb. 18). Post-Fest, Spring hours are flexible. Some evening and weekend commitment is required, especially during the aforementioned peak season, but also including a Sunday staff retreat in October and monthly staff meetings on Wednesday evenings. Must reside in, or be willing to temporarily relocate to Columbia.

Compensation $3,000-4,000 each

To Apply: Please submit your resume, 2-3 references, and a cover letter telling us why you should be considered for the 2020 RFS Programming Fellowship program. Additionally, we ask candidates to submit a writing sample; an approximately 300-word evaluation of a recently watched documentary film. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer at: [email protected], by June 28.

Volunteer Coordinator(s) - True/False Film Fest

The Volunteer Coordinator(s) are organized, detail-oriented, and like people. He/she/they has experience working with databases, coordinating information and scheduling large numbers of people, and isn’t daunted by the prospect of making 50 schedule changes in an hour. Strong written communication skills required. Reports directly to the Operations Manager. Ideally this position is split between two people.

The nitty gritty duties:

  • Screen volunteer applications in DoGooder (our web-based volunteer database & scheduling system) and assign volunteers to teams
  • Working with team leads, 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), coordinate the registration process
  • Plan and run the make-up volunteer training on the Thursday morning of the festival
  • Plan, coordinate, and schedule and oversee volunteers for The Nest (T/F volunteer HQ); work with production team and art installations team to plan and decorate the space
  • During the festival, maintain the volunteer “blacklist” and help provide substitute volunteers to replace no-shows; manage the volunteer waiting list
  • During the festival, coordinate volunteer check-in at the Nest (volunteer HQ)
  • During the festival, manage volunteer HQ, volunteer hotline, and coordinate volunteer check-in.
  • Assist with volunteer management during the T/F Boone Dawdle (in 2020)
  • Oversee and manage communication with T/F volunteers throughout the calendar year, including but not limited to managing the TF volunteer FB page, emailing all local volunteers when T/F films are playing at Ragtag, and other general info email blasts

Commitment & Compensation: This part-time, independent contractor position requires approximately 300 hours of work between October 15 and March 15. A limited number of those hours occur between June 15 and August 10 for the Boone Dawdle. The position may be done remotely in part; must be able to travel to Columbia, MO for the Boone Dawdle in August, volunteer training in February (tentatively Feb 22), and on the ground for the duration of the festival starting March 1, 2020. The compensation is a flat stipend in the range of $1,000-$3,000 each, depending on the distribution of duties between the right candidates. To apply, send cover letter and resume by September 6 to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer, at: [email protected].

Internships

As the festival grows, so necessarily does the staff-power, volunteer-power, and lately, intern-power it takes to pull this off! We need dedicated individuals willing to work and learn simultaneously towards the shared goal of realizing this special event. We are happy to work with students exploring the possibility of earning academic credit through their schools.