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: Are you an outgoing, organized, problem-solver? Do you have customer service experience, either at a film festival or elsewhere? Do you have a keen eye for keeping track of details and enjoy organizing large amounts of data? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you might be the perfect T/F Box Office Manager!

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least one year working for True/False or another festival;
  • Extremely detail oriented;
  • Strong customer service skills;
  • Comfort & agility in troubleshooting issues via phone, email, or in person;
  • Strong aptitude for web, database, and spreadsheet use, Agile Ticketing experience a plus;
  • Have point-of-sale experience;
  • Confidence and discretion in handling and counting cash;
  • Comfort with being on one’s feet for long hours during the festival;
  • Comfort with physical set up of a temporary location: lifting/carrying up to 30lbs;
  • Ability to direct others, lead team of about 20 volunteers.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Fielding passholder correspondence via box office phone calls & email;
  • Setting up the ticketing database and tracking all festival passes and ticketing needs;
  • Tracking inventory and ordering box office materials, coordinating box office printing needs;
  • On call for live customer service during passholder ticket reservations;
  • Recruiting and training box office volunteers;
  • Working with the production team on the physical box office venue set-up;
  • Managing box office venue during the festival;
  • Daily financial and attendance reporting during the festival.

Compensation & Commitment: Compensation is a flat stipend of $5,000. The time commitment includes part time work (approx. 10hrs/week) between September and December; approx. 30hrs/week in January and early February; an intense workload from Feb 15 through the week of the festival (March 3-6, 2021), as well as some post-Fest wrap-up hours. Early PT work offers the opportunity to set your own schedule. Must reside in (or commute to) Columbia at minimum from January through mid-March, with some meetings and training sessions prior.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Box Office Manager, a resume with two references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Barbie Banks at: [email protected]



Ragtag Film Society is in search of a highly organized and detail-oriented person to serve as our Art Installation Coordinator for the 2022 True/False Film Fest. S/he/they will be enlisted to help transform downtown Columbia by recruiting and facilitating artists to create large scale installations, venue designs, and numerous other multimedia endeavors.

Duties Include:

  • Working directly with the Programming team to curate and execute the 2022 Art Installations line-up
  • Assist with promoting the Fest Calls to Artists, including research and staying informed about currently working artists, art collectives, and regional arts organizations and maintaining a running contact list
  • Reviewing Art installation submissions
  • Attending Curation and Art Team meetings
  • Coordination of invited Fest Visual Artists, including managing installation and other logistical considerations and details
  • Assist with installation and tear-down of Art 
  • Work with Production Manager to manage Art storage/maintenance
  • Assist with copy and materials needed for website and program
  • Help maintain T/F Art’s online presence 

The ideal candidate: 

  • Has experience with art handling, production, and installation
  • Has excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Has experience managing or contributing to social media accounts (Facebook, instagram, etc.)

Commitment & Compensation: This role is a 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 will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $4000-6000 for the festival season. The Art Installations Coordinator will ideally start by October 1, 2021, whether remote or residing in Columbia. If the right candidate does not live in Columbia, they must be willing to relocate to Columbia, MO, for a minimum of 2.5 months (roughly mid-January through mid-March 2022). 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Art Installations Coordinator, a resume with references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Camellia Cosgray, Co-Custodian, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through the beginning of August, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.


Overview: Are you someone with a strong background in community organizing and are looking to build something you care about? We’re looking for a motivated program director who has an appreciation for the cultural mission of Ragtag Film Society and wants to take on a leadership role within our team. This self-starter will be responsible for collaborating with organizational leadership, departmental directors, and every level of the organization to analyze and develop old and new educational programs, strengthen relationships with community partners, and increase the diversity of RFS patrons. 

We strongly encourage people from marginalized 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 traits:

  • 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;
  • Experience working at a nonprofit is preferred but not required;
  • Computer savvy, including GSuite platforms, Zoom, Slack, and Airtable, and confidence with other database use.

Specific duties include:

  • Oversee the RFS-wide Community Partnerships & Education Team;
  • Oversee the strategy for creating and maintaining current and future community partnerships;
  • Lead audience development strategy, aimed at engaging communities not currently participating in RFS programs;
  • Develop, evaluate, and implement the RFS Community Engagement Plan;
  • Lead CPE team measurement and evaluation;
  • Be an active member of the RFS director team and contribute to the sustainability and overall growth of the organization;
  • Partner with RFS departments to increase efficiencies and integration of CPE community engagement and education strategy across the Fest and Cinema;
  • Make progress towards the goals and objectives outlined in the RFS Strategic Plan;
  • Oversee current RFS education initiatives;
  • Explore, develop, and evaluate new RFS-wide education initiatives and media literacy work;
  • Oversee current RFS Community Partnership initiatives.

Commitment & Compensation: 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 $38,000-$42,000 annually. 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Community Partnerships and Education Director, along with your current resume and at least three references. Send all materials to Barbie Banks at [email protected] Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis; the ideal candidate would begin by October 1.