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: Ragtag Film Society is looking for a savvy new communications director with a love for the society’s cultural mission and a passion for cultivating its voice and brand to manage and support the team members who make up the Marketing and Communications teams for Ragtag Cinema and True/False Film Fest. Their primary objective is to develop and implement an overall strategy for these teams, and support staff across both projects in their execution of mission-driven priorities.

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:

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Comfort working on and delivering messaging through a variety of platforms and media;
  • Confidence with database management and platforms such as: WordPress, Constant Contact, and Slack, as well as social media platforms;
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail;
  • Superb interpersonal skills with high emotional intelligence;
  • Comfort operating in a high-stress, fast-paced environment;
  • Ambitions to make a mark at and with an established festival;
  • A track record of engagement with and understanding of the film industry;
  • RFS brand awareness preferred.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop effective messaging and communication strategy for RFS, including marketing, advertising, and public relations;
  • Increase overall awareness of the organization internationally, nationally, regionally, and locally, with a mindfulness of the various audiences and communities that RFS seeks to partner with in bolstering community engagement;
  • Review all external communications for quality control, including press releases, newsletters, and publications;
  • Guide social media manager and support macro strategy;
  • Write & send high-level stakeholder e-blasts;
  • Collaborate with other departments as necessary to develop and plan marketing events;
  • Manage media trade sponsorships from strategy to sponsorship benefit fulfillment, and create media ad schedules with other stakeholders;
  • Work with a team to develop consistent RFS branding on org websites and print materials;
  • Manage marketing and communications teams’ budgets;
  • Hire and manage Fest marketing-related teams, providing guidance and support to these seasonal independent contractors in setting their objectives, technical needs, and deadlines, as they pertain to the overall org needs in their areas (teams include: Photo, Video, Graphic Design, Merch, and Press).

Compensation and Culture: This position is for a full-time, year-round employee, with an annual salary in the range of $40-44k. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your schedule, a generous paid time off policy, and a collaborative culture. The ideal candidate would reside in, or be willing to relocate to, Columbia, Mo.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Communications & Marketing Director, a resume with three references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Co-Custodian Arin Liberman at: [email protected]