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.


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.


Director of Development and Communications - Ragtag Film Society

Overview: The Ragtag Film Society is looking for an experienced professional to lead the organization’s fundraising and communication efforts. The Director will oversee and support the team members who make up the Development and Communications teams for both RFS projects – Ragtag Cinema and True/False Film Fest. Their primary objective is to develop and implement an overall strategy for these two teams, and support staff of both teams across both projects in their execution of annual mission-driven priorities. 

Duties Include:

  • Working with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, develop and implement an annual development plan in order to secure annual and multi-year donations and grants from individuals, government agencies, and foundations. (Note: this role is not responsible for securing corporate sponsorship.)
  • Design a donor program for the organization, building upon our existing pass and membership programs
  • Identify and cultivate new sources of private, public, and foundation funding
  • Organize donor-targeted special events; collaborate with Sponsorship, Outreach, and other teams as necessary to develop and plan marketing events
  • Provide top-notch customer service to all donors during the week of the festival and throughout the year
  • Oversee creation of fundraising materials, including annual report, appeal letters, education brochures, and RFS membership information
  • Develop an overall external communication strategy for RFS, including marketing, advertising, and public relations
  • Increase overall awareness of the organization locally, regionally, and nationally
  • Develop Fest Press strategy; manage relationships with current media partners, strategize and develop new media partners
  • Lead in attracting and nurturing key members of national, regional, & local press, and fielding press requests; develop press release strategy and write press releases
  • Write & send high-level stakeholder e-blasts, including bimonthly Super/Silver Circle newsletters, Guffman/Megaguffman newsletters, etc.
  • Edit all external communications, including press releases, fest publications, and monthly calendars
  • Work with Marketing Leads to develop consistent RFS branding 
  • Create RFS talking points and/or presentation materials for management team and board members
  • Establish annual benchmarks and drive growth in quantity and quality of impressions, including social media strategy and other channels

Required Skills:

  • Professional fundraising experience with proof of results
  • 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 successfully lead a team
  • Ability to think critically and eagerness to learn
  • Creative thinking and problem solving

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Minimum 2 years of fundraising experience, including grant writing, cultivating private donors, and securing foundation funding
  • A working knowledge of the grant-making landscape
  • Minimum 2 years of event planning and/or program implementation
  • Previous experience with the True/False Film Fest and/or Ragtag Cinema 

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 $48-53k. This role does require some evening and weekend work, based on the special events surrounding the cinema and the festival. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your own schedule, a generous amount of time off, and a collaborative culture.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Director of Development & Communications, a resume with three references, a writing sample, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer: [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until October 11, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

Apprentice Fabrication Manager - True/False Film Fest

Overview: We are in search of a skilled, organized, and detail-oriented person to apprentice with our Lead Fabrication Manager in anticipation of eventually taking over as Lead Fabrication Manager for future festivals. The Apprentice will shadow and assist the Fabrication Manager with all aspects of the role. This includes assisting with the creation of art installations and general build projects; participating in providing construction advice for and review the safety of all physical installations, including new/temporary spaces to be utilized for the 2020 fest; and assisting with all areas of set up during the week of the Fest and on special assignments, under the direction of the Production Manager.

Required skills:

  • Competence of standard power and shop tools
  • Basic fine and rough carpentry skills
  • Ability to develop and implement safety protocols and standard operating procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong management/client communication skills
  • Able to lift 50 lbs alone

The ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Experience leading a team
  • Experience handling art 
  • Festival work experience
  • Ability to collaborate with a variety of artists/clients
  • Ability to implement ambitious endeavors in unique environments with rigid limitations
  • Ability to drive a truck/trailer
  • Scissor lift operation experience
  • Working knowledge of a wide variety of materials, fasteners, adhesives, and solvents
  • Experience welding
  • CAD experience
  • Demonstrated competency in managing projects using industry standard computer programs

Commitment and Compensation: Approximately 150 hours for the True/False Film Fest, mainly between October 1 and the week following the 2020 fest (held March 5 through 8, 2020); the majority of these hours will be needed in January and February, as well as the weeks of set-up and tear-down (February 29 through March 12, 2020). Limited hours may be required for the 2020 Boone Dawdle, held August 15, 2020. Stipend commensurate with experience, in the range of $1,200-1,500. 

To Apply: Please send your resume, a cover letter telling us why you should be our Apprentice Fabrication Manager, a portfolio of your relevant work (if available), and three references to Chief People Officer, Arin Liberman, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2019.


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.