Wanna be our new director?

That's right, Ragtag Film Society is looking for a new Executive Director to steer the fest and cinema into the future. Apply today!

Position Opening – Executive Director Ragtag Film Society

Job Description

Title: Executive Director Ragtag Film Society

Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA

Position Overview

Executive Director of the Ragtag Film Society (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit) is a position that will provide organizational oversight and leadership to the Society and its two major projects, Ragtag Cinema and the True/False Film Fest, steering both to unified success. The RFS Board of Directors is looking for an Executive Director who will leverage the resources of each program to the benefit of both. Responsibilities include managing financial, HR, community education, and physical resources along with communicating the goals of the organization to broad audiences. This individual will balance oversight of artistic, strategic, and financial direction while charting a dynamic course for the organization’s ongoing evolution and growth.

Mission Statements

Ragtag Cinema Mission
Ragtag exists to champion independent film and media art and to serve film communities both locally and globally. Attending to film as an art form: First and foremost, Ragtag exists to provide a venue for the best in US independent and international filmmaking. We believe that film is the dominant art form of our age, that it has the power to change minds and hearts, and that audiences should have a breadth of film options.
Promoting media literacy, education, and new ideas: Media literacy is vital for healthy modern life in an age where everything is on a screen. Ragtag seeks to provide films that spark dialogue and on occasion force an intellectual reorientation.

True/False Film Fest Mission
The mission of True/False Film Fest is to forge a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplify the possibilities of nonfiction films. We champion intentionality of form in nonfiction filmmaking, open-mindedness about filmic approaches, cinema that rigorously, sensitively and imaginatively engages the real world. Our flagship event is a film festival that transforms downtown Columbia, Missouri, each March with screenings, events and parties, live music, site-sympathetic art installations and our March March parade. The programming team at True/False looks at film curating holistically – collaborating across the fest to produce a variety of film-adjacent events.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategic plans for Ragtag Cinema and True/False Film Fest in conjunction with the Board
  • Recruit and develop senior staffers to manage critical business functions
  • Create a culture of transparency and open communication throughout the organization
  • Be a conduit for communication from both programs to the Board
  • Provide the Board with a vision and execute this vision
  • Lead diversity and Inclusion efforts across the organization
  • Advocate with governmental agencies
  • Provide overall leadership of the Fest and Cinema by managing key positions such as the Cinema managing director, operations director, development director, sponsorship director, chief people officer, Fest artistic director, and finance coordinator/administrative assistant
  • Work with a development director and sponsorship director to raise funds for the entire organization from individuals, foundations, grantors and businesses. ED would also cultivate and meet with major donors/sponsors on a regular basis
  • Serve as the public face of RFS
  • Direct oversight of financial management of the entire organization including insurance/risk management, legal, audit/990, health insurance, etc.
  • Provide ongoing and consistent feedback to key members of the organization to ensure ongoing growth
  • Interview and hire key management positions for both projects
  • Plan for organizational growth and professional development of staff; develop the next generation of leadership for the organization

Qualifications and skills:

  • Previous experience in a senior leadership role at a non-profit or arts organization
  • Previous fundraising/development experience & demonstrated success
  • Experience working with multiple teams that have varied goals, priorities, and timelines
  • Deep understanding of financial strategies and finance-related performance metrics
  • Strong record of effective customer service
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and leadership characteristics
  • Desire to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the wider world of filmmaking and local communities


Compensation will be competitive with other regional arts organizations, will be commensurate with experience and may also include incentives based on negotiated benchmarks. The ideal candidate will live in Mid-Missouri and be available to start September, 2018.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be the new Executive Director, Ragtag Film Society, and how you would leverage the resources and strengths of both programs along with a resume and three references to [email protected].

Inquiries will be accepted on the rolling basis but the first priority will be given to the applications received by July 23, 2018.