Job Opportunities

Ragtag Film Society is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are 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:

FINANCE DIRECTOR - RAGTAG FILM SOCIETY

Overview: Are you someone with a strong background in finance who is excited about the prospect of community-focused work and building something you care about? We’re looking for a motivated accounting wiz 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 org to harmonize financial operations, oversee internal controls, and guide efforts towards financial sustainability. Especially if you have nonprofit experience, as well as a passion for the arts and the powerful impact they can have, we invite you to apply now!

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and traits:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, or, equivalent years on the job experience;
  • Proficiency with Quickbooks;
  • Broad knowledge of accounting principles;
  • At least 2-5 years of financial management experience;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Strong aptitude for math;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Computer savvy, including GSuite platforms, Zoom, Slack, and Airtable, and confidence with other database use.

Specific duties include:

  • Finance liaison to all staff;
  • Overseeing audit and tax functions;
  • Quickbook entries for all income and expenses; Work with box office manager to record weekly Cinema deposits;
  • Managing internal controls; create and monitor processes and procedures to be followed throughout org in order to keep methods consistent across the organization;
  • Developing and implements strategic planning processes for all areas of oversight;
  • Review, prepare, and adjust quarterly reports with organizational leadership team;
  • Preparing forecasts and comprehensive budgets;
  • Attend finance committee meetings; provide analysis and any further information requested;
  • Grant budget assistance;
  • Payroll management.

Commitment & Compensation: This is a full-time position with benefits. Must reside in Boone County. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and in the range of $38,000-$42,000 annually. We offer a results-oriented work environment and a collaborative culture that supports innovation, a paid time off program with flexible holiday time, and support for time spent on other passion projects. We are looking for someone with availability to start at the beginning of May to train with current staff at the 2021 festival and accounting immediately following.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Finance Director, along with your current resume and at least two references. Send all materials to Arin Liberman at [email protected] The application deadline is March 29, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER - TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST

Overview: Are you excited about the True/False aesthetic? Do you have creative ideas about executing and elevating festival materials? We’re looking for a skilled designer to join the team handling the festival’s design needs; from print & digital marketing, to festival materials and publications, and merchandise design. We are looking for someone part time with flexible availability now through early May.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Extensive experience with InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
  • Adaptive design eye and skill
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and respond well to feedback
  • Ability to work on deadlines and/or quick turnarounds
  • Availability to be in the T/F office April 3 – 11, 2021 for Program Week, the week when the festival program guide is created

Duties:

  • Collaborate with various teams to develop visual concepts for festival materials such as passes, booklets, brochures/pamphlets, and festival merchandise;
  • Collaborate with other designers and the communications team on the creation of the festival program guide editorial content and sponsor ads;
  • T/F projects generally include a combination of layout and execution tasks, as well as more creative endeavors. As this is a team effort, we aim to balance out the two and spread out duties so designers have opportunities to flex different muscles and take on creative challenges.

Compensation: Compensation is a stipend in the range of $700-1,000, with festival passes available as an additional benefit. While we require a local candidate fill this position, most work can be done remotely with periodic team meetings. Outside of Program Week, the 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 of sample design work. Send materials to Arin Liberman: [email protected] by March 2.

SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR - TRUE/FALSE FILM FEST

Overview: The Sustainability Coordinator is passionate about reducing, reusing and recycling, has experience coordinating green initiatives, and is excited to expand our current diversion efforts toward becoming zero-waste! The position will identify, advocate for and incorporate sustainable practices throughout the Fest. This outgoing, organized human can think on their feet, is able to work independently AND as a team member, doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty, and is comfortable collaborating with a wide variety of people.

Duties Include:

  • Work with Operations staff and volunteers to decrease the Fest’s environmental impact
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to create and implement a marketing campaign to educate the public, especially festgoers, about this program and about Fest sustainability
  • Coordinate with local restaurants and the City to track and divert food waste
  • Measure and evaluate waste composition to determine diversion rate and track progress toward zero-waste
  • Continue to grow the T/F recycling program, increasing capacity and streamlining the process, as well as creating simple yet informative marketing tools for festgoers, volunteers, and staff
  • Recruit, train, and manage 25-30 volunteers for the Sustainability Team
  • Manage and oversee the Sustainability Intern
  • Additional duties as needed

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has experience coordinating green initiatives
  • Has experience managing a team
  • Must be willing and able to lift 50lbs, drive a box truck, and work on their feet for long hours
  • Have excellent problem solving skills

Commitment & Compensation: This role is a part-time 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 $1,100-1,300 for the festival season. The Fest Sustainability Coordinator will work approximately 150-200 hours between February 1 and May 15, including full event and on-call hours during the week of the Fest, May 5 – 9, 2021.

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

PRODUCTION TEAM

Are you interested in working for RFS, but don’t *quite* fit into any of the open job categories? Have you been a volunteer and want to raise your level of commitment to the Fest? Do you have a unique set of skills you think would benefit our events? We are excited to hear from anyone with an interest in joining the Production team, and we will keep your info on file should any exciting new opportunities come up.

To Apply: Please submit a general letter of interest and your resume or other summary of your relevant qualifications to Arin Liberman: [email protected]

INTERNSHIPS

As the festival grows, so necessarily does the human-power it takes to pull this off! We need dedicated individuals willing to dive deep in a particular department to realize this multi-faceted event.

Festival internships are an opportunity to get training and hands-on experience in event planning, people organization and leadership, and to learn about the film festival landscape from the inside. Interns are conferred a level of volunteer pass for the Fest that includes admissions benefits beyond general or juggernaut access. They also have opportunities throughout the season to join internal & external social events and networking opportunities. We are happy to work with students exploring the possibility of earning academic credit through their schools.

To Apply: Please send your resume, a cover letter telling us why you should be considered for the role, and two references to Arin Liberman, at: [email protected]

Sponsorship Assistant Internship - True/False Film Fest

Overview: We are looking for a motivated individual to intern with the Sponsorship team. This outgoing, personable, go-getter should be willing to take on a wide variety of tasks and be open to the unexpected. This is a great opportunity for a strong candidate interested in fundraising, event management or hospitality planning.

Duties:

  • Coordinate scheduling and delivery of staff meals during True/False
  • Pursue 8-10 in-kind food, beverage, material and equipment donations in the months leading up to True/False
  • Assist sponsorship coordinators with sponsor activations, providing oversight and rapid response to needs as they arise
  • Coordinate in-kind sponsor materials and ensure implementation of all promised benefits

Qualifications:

  • Superb organizational skills
  • Excellent time-management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Familiarity with Airtable and Slack a plus

Time Commitment: The internship will have require 10-12 hours per week March – May 1, and full-time Fest weekend, May 7-9

Sponsor Relations Internship - True/False Film Fest

Overview: We are looking for a motivated individual to intern with the Sponsorship team. This outgoing, personable, go-getter should be willing to take on a wide variety of tasks and be open to the unexpected. This is a great opportunity for a strong candidate interested in sales, merchandising, fundraising, event management or customer relationship management.

Duties:

  • Implementation of sponsorship placements and benefits before and during the festival
  • Coordinate swag, working with sponsorship team, sponsors and volunteers to ensure on-time delivery and assembly
  • Assist with pre-fest preparation, set-up and break down in COMO Square area in Stephens Lake Park
  • Serve as customer service captain for booth vendors at Stephens Lake Park, ensuring efficient set-up and providing information and troubleshooting during the Fest 
  • Post-fest follow up with sponsors
  • Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Superb organizational skills
  • Excellent time-management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic graphic design skills a plus
  • Ability to use Airtable, or desire/aptitude to learn

Time Commitment: The internship will require 8-10 hours per week March – April, with additional hours during the week of May 3-9, and full-time the weekend of May 7-9.

Theater Operations Internship - True/False Film Fest

Overview: This multifaceted guru works with our Theater Operations Management Team to keep 4 outdoor theatres, 1 drive-in, and 1 cinema (with two screens) running with creative solutions to logistical problems. Must absolutely love logistical planning, worst-case scenarios, attendee traffic flow solutions, customer service, and working with volunteers and the general public. This internship is an opportunity for the right candidate to get training and hands-on experience in event logistics, theater operations, volunteer coordination, and public relations!

Duties:

  • Assist in planning Venue Management staff training sessions, as well as general theater operations volunteer training sessions;
  • Assist Manager of Theatre Operations (MOTO) leading up to and during the fest with physical and digital organization;
  • Assist MOTO in developing and creating venue-specific manuals for each venue, including collecting and printing documents;
  • Inventory and assemble venue supply boxes for the week of the festival
  • Serve as communication hub for Venue Management staff during the festival; ensuring that all venues have adequate staffing and supplies;
  • Fulfill last-minute volunteer needs when volunteers do not show up for shifts during the festival;
  • Work with MOTO, Production Manager, and Technical Director to ensure all theaters are ready to open for screenings;
  • Work with MOTO to assemble wrap notes from Venue Management staff;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Time Commitment: Must be available the entirety of Fest weekend (May 5-9, 2021) and the few days prior, be able to participate in several logistical/planning meetings during the months of March 2021 through April 2021 and for two staff/volunteer training sessions in April (Dates TBA, most likely virtual).