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.

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 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.

CURRENT LISTINGS:

EVENTS ASSISTANT - TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST

Overview: Are you someone who takes pride in throwing the perfect party? Do you love choreographing efficient event flows? Are you a night-owl host-with-the-most? If so, you could be our new Events Assistant! We’re looking for someone to join the events team and help with the planning, organizing, and oversight of all the events at the festival, including receptions, parties, and anything else with food & bev! 

The ideal candidate will have the following skills & experience:

  • Ability to problem-solve quickly and think on your feet; handling rapidly changing needs;
  • Positive customer service attitude, works well under pressure;
  • Experience managing multiple people and projects at one time;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • At least one year working at True/False or another festival or large event is preferred.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Assists the Events Producer in determining proper admission procedures for events, coordinating access to venues for set up & breakdown, and ensuring that venues are cared for and thoroughly cleaned after each event;
  • Coordination of event needs with other relevant departments, including but not limited to: theater operations, production, and sponsorship;
  • Recruitment and management of event staff for each event;
  • Managing event team volunteers;
  • Ensure successful interaction of events and film screenings/staff;
  • Assist the Boozemaster & booze team as needed and appropriate.

Commitment & Compensation: The time commitment consists of remote work and team meetings  for about 5 hours/week between December and January, with additional hours starting in February. Must have full availability the week of the Fest from Feb 28 – March 5, 2023. Compensation is a flat stipend of $750. To apply, please submit your resume, a cover letter expressing why you should be the Events Assistant, and two references to Barbie Banks; [email protected]. Applications will be accepted through December 2022, but applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a hiring decision may be made before that date.

MATERIALS COORDINATOR - TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST

Overview: The True/False Production team is in need of a super organized individual to coordinate Fest materials! S/he/they will be enlisted to help transform downtown Columbia’s spaces by making sure they have all the nuts and bolts for success!

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and traits: 

  • A flexible schedule;
  • A valid driver’s license in good-standing;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Prior experience with True/False is preferred.

Specific duties include:

  • Manage event rentals during the Fest and serve as point of contact with rental companies during the festival (A-1, Lindsey, others as needed); 
  • Work across festival teams to meet materials needs for the festival;
  • Develop and maintain system for procuring, delivering, distributing, and or returning rented and purchased materials;
  • Coordinate ordering and transportation of rental equipment & supplies to festival venues and events;
  • Venue materials drops: Coordinate venue deliveries and serve as point of contact for venue management staff for drop off/pick up needs;
  • Maintain detailed inventory of rental equipment at venues; 
  • Work with Production Manager and Events Producer to meet materials budget goals;
  • Maintain receipts and tracking of production related purchases the week of the Fest;
  • Supervision of volunteers as needed for deliveries/other;
  • Work with Production Manager to inventory and store materials post-Fest.

Commitment & Compensation: This role is a part-time seasonal position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your schedule, and a collaborative culture. The stipend for the season is $750. The ideal candidate is local to Columbia, and can start by January 15th, 2023.

To Apply: Please submit a resume with references, a cover letter telling us why you should be our Materials Coordinator, and any supplemental details of related experience to Barbie Banks at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through December 15, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a hiring decision may be made before that date.

PHOTO TEAM COORDINATOR - TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST

Overview: Do you have a photography or photo editing background, and also enjoy coordinating other photographers and editors? Would you like to drive the eyes that capture the iconic images of the next Fest? This Core position requires the ability to successfully manage a team and a willingness to work long hours over a four-day period.

Specific duties include:

  • Manage the T/F Photo Crew in capturing and editing full coverage from the 2023 Fest;
  • Recruit and hire editors, professional photographers, and volunteers
  • Create shooting schedules, editor workflows, and train editors;
  • Photograph, or find photogs to shoot pre-Fest events in January & February;
  • Hold meetings with navigators and team leaders to discuss specific photo needs;
  • Train the lead editor for Fest: workflow processes, metadata template creation; adding assignment descriptions to schedule, caption writing, create an editing schedule week for Fest week; set up group chat; create card management system;
  • Post-Fest archive management (metadata entry, caption clean-up, renaming  and organizing folders, etc), website and social media management as needed.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Ability to lead and organize a team;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience with photo editing using Adobe Lightroom;
  • Knowledgeable about professional photography equipment;
  • Ability to work long days during the festival; 
  • True/False photo team experience is a plus.

Compensation and time commitment: This role is a part-time independent contractor 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 supportive of innovation. Compensation is a flat stipend of $2,500 for the Fest season. The time commitment includes regular remote and in-office hours December through mid-March. Should reside in Columbia, or be able to be in Columbia between February 24 – March 10. True/False Film Fest will be held March 2-5, 2023. 

To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest telling us why you should be our new Photo Coordinator, sample work, and a summary of other relevant qualifications, to Arin Liberman: [email protected] by November 30.

ART INSTALLATIONS ASSISTANT - TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST

Overview: Ragtag Film Society is in search of two highly organized, creative, and detail-oriented humans to serve as Art Installation Assistants for the 2023 festival. They will be enlisted to help transform downtown Columbia by assisting in the creation and planning for our outdoor and indoor public art.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience: 

  • Experience with art handling, production, and installation;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Experience with Adobe suite;
  • Experience managing or contributing to social media accounts (Facebook, instagram, etc.);
  • A working vehicle.

Specific duties include:

  • Attending seasonal Curation and Art Team meetings;
  • Attending all art volunteer shifts;
  • Make artwork as needed for parties and event spaces;
  • Work with Production Manager to manage art storage and maintenance;
  • Help maintain T/F Art’s online presence;
  • Prepare exhibition spaces for installations, including but not limited to: lighting design and implementation, fabricating and installing exhibition components, matting and framing of artwork, production and installation of exhibition labels and graphics; 
  • Participate in the installation before and during the Fest and de-installation of all artwork after the Fest.

Commitment & Compensation: This role is a part-time seasonal position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your schedule, and a collaborative culture. The stipend for the season is $1,750. Candidates must be available and have flexibility for install and uninstall from February 20 through March 8. The ideal candidate is local to Columbia, and can start by January 5th, 2023.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Art Installations Assistant, a resume with references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Arin Liberman at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through December 15, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a hiring decision may be made before that date.

ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR - TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST

Overview: T/F Volunteer Coordinators are organized, detail-oriented, and like people! S/he/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. The assistant position reports directly to the lead Volunteer Coordinator.

Specific Duties Include but are not limited to:

  • Screen volunteer applications in the volunteer database 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;
  • Support the Vol. Coord in planning and running Volunteer Training (mid-Feb), coordinate the registration process;
  • Support the Vol. Coord in running the make-up volunteer training on the Thursday morning of the festival;
  • Manage, coordinate, and schedule volunteers for T/F Volunteer HQ – work with production team and art installations team to plan and decorate the space;
  • During the festival, track volunteer attendance and the volunteer wait 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
  • Other duties as assigned by the Volunteer Coordinator. 

Commitment & Compensation: This part-time, seasonal independent contractor position requires approximately 90 hours of work (~10hrs/week) between January 9 and March 10. The compensation is a flat stipend of $900. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Barbie Banks at, [email protected] Applications will be accepted through December 2022, but applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a hiring decision may be made before that date.