Jobs

Seasonal positions

In addition to our devoted year-round staff, RiverRun hires for a range of paid seasonal positions that are essential in helping to shape the face of the Festival and staging a memorable experience for our supporters and visiting guests year after year.  These positions offer all the excitement, challenges, and cultural events experience you can handle and provide the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with all of the filmmakers, attendees and special guests that make their way to Winston-Salem every April for the Festival.  If you're a self-starter interested in joining our staff, please direct resumes and cover letters to jobs@riverrunfilm.com with the title of the position you're applying for in the subject line.  Available seasonal jobs and their requirements are listed below.

DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT - ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Development Assistant's primary responsibility is to support the Development Manager in the run up to and throughout the RiverRun International Film Festival. The position will require excellent organizational and articulate verbal skills. This job entails working in our downtown Winston-Salem offices.  Candidate must be able to work evenings and weekends. Applicants must be available for 15 hours or more per week in the office, January 6 – May 5, 2015

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting in researching potential funding sources, including foundations, individuals and corporations, and tracking deadlines
  • Updating the sponsor spreadsheet as needed, organizing and entering all sponsor benefit fulfillment details as contracts are finalized
  • Supporting the Development Manager in reaching out and collecting artwork from sponsors, and relaying collateral to appropriate departments before deadline
  • Connecting with sponsors and donors by making event invitations, outreach and donor solicitation calls as needed 
  • Work with Development Manager to fulfill all pre-Festival and Festival Sponsor and Donor benefits including recognition lists, tickets, gift bags, publications, website, e-blast, slides, ads, press releases, program sponsorship, signage, marquees, hospitality, and private and public events. 
  • Provide general administrative support and regular reports to Development Manager.

EVENTS MANAGER - NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Events Manager will work directly with the Development Manager to plan all events for the Festival, including the March Launch Party and all Festival parties and happy hours. He/she will coordinate meetings with venue and food sponsors to determine décor and event needs for every party; work with rental companies to get furniture, linens and any other needed items for events; and obtain alcohol permits from the ABC Board for every party serving alcohol.  The Events Manager (along with any assistants and events volunteers) is also responsible for set-up and break-down after every event.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Great time management skills.
  • Ability to lead a group of volunteers and work with differing personalities.
  • Ability to work within a budget and monitor expenses.
  • Event planning experience preferred.
  • Sense of style and eye for good décor on a budget.

The Events Manager starts working in January. He/she will work about 550 total hours, though the rate of work will be highest in the weeks leading up to and during the Festival. 

EVENTS COORDINATOR - NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Events Coordinator assists the Events Manager in all event planning and management; focusing more on technical elements and heavy lifting.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Physical fitness (the position requires heavy lifting)
  • Experience with technical equipment (projectors, speakers, etc) preferred
  • Ability to work with others and direct groups of volunteers

VENUE MANAGERS (X6) – CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

For each venue (a/perture, UNCSA, Hanesbrands Theatre, etc), there will be an A Manager and a B Manager.  A Venue Manager will be in charge of running each screening; training and managing venue volunteers;  and ensuring effective and efficient operation relevant to each specific venue (Box Office, Seating, Lobby/Atrium, set up and sale of merchandise, ticket stubs, survey cards and ballots.

The Venue Manager position will work the week leading up to the Festival through the end of the Festival.

PUBLICITY COORDINATOR - NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 

The Publicity Coordinator is responsible for promoting the RiverRun International Film Festival to the news media, existing supporters of the organization and potential attendees in order to increase awareness of the Festival and its events and generate significant regional news coverage. He/she will report to the Executive Director.

He/she is responsible to all Festival press relations leading up to the Festival, including crafting, editing and distributing press releases independently and in collaboration with RiverRun’s existing publicity agency; scheduling and keeping track of interviews and public appearances of the Executive Director and any special guests, including Morning Remotes with local television stations; and organizing the accreditation process while handling any special requests from journalists.  Non-press related tasks include crafting and sending out issues of the RiverRun Insider (Festival Newsletter); organizing the photography schedule and managing red carpets; producing the closing awards ceremony and working with the Production Assistant and RiverRun’s social media agency to monitor and maintain RiverRun’s social media (including crafting tweets, Facebook posts and blogs).

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Excellent organization, administration, interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Solid writing and copy editing skills. Familiarity with AP style a plus.
  • Must be a tech savvy, quick learner with excellent computer skills. Experienced with various website/email content entry platforms, as well as digital photography tools a plus.
  • Strong presentation skills and public speaking experience with the ability to represent the festival at public events. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and complete multiple projects within tight deadlines. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge/understanding of the local media climate a plus.

The Publicity Coordinator will work from approximately January through mid-May 2014.

PUBLICITY ASSISTANT - NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Assistant Publicity Coordinator is responsible for promoting the RiverRun International Film Festival to the news media, existing supporters of the organization and potential attendees via a variety of social media platforms in order to increase awareness of the Festival and to fulfill sponsor requirements. The Publicity Assistant will be responsible for maintenance and content for all social media posts and the writing, editing and distribution of the RiverRun Insider festival e-newsletter and writing and editing of press releases and articles. He/she will report to the Publicity Manager and assist the Publicity Manager with tasks. He/she will coordinate the Student Ambassador social media program and assist the Publicity Manager in directing the Publicity Intern.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Excellent organization, administration, interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Solid writing and copy editing skills; familiarity with AP style a plus.
  • Must be tech savvy, quick learner with excellent computer skills. Experienced with various email/content entry platforms, as well as digital photography tools a plus.
  • Strong presentation skills and public speaking experience with ability to represent the festival at public events.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and complete multiple projects within tight deadlines. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Constant Contact (or similar program)
  • Knowledge of social media outlets such as but not limited to Hootsuite, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram
  • Experience writing press releases
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to work well on a team and independently
  • Blogging experience a plus
  • Spanish and other foreign language knowledge a plus

The Assistant Publicity Coordinator will work part-time from approximately January-May.

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR (PANELS & HQ) – NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Panels and HQ Operations Coordinator will take ownership of the Associated Artists Gallery and the Chatham Building Lobby/Atrium. He/she will be in charge of the following: all panel discussions (set up or break down of seats, tables, etc.); set up for all events in non-film venues (Happy Hours);  and ensuring the cleanliness and organization of RiverRun Lounge.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to work with different personality types
  • Ability to lead volunteers
  • Organization
  • Tidiness

Begins a week prior to the Festival and ends 3 days after.

THEATER OPERATIONS MANAGER – NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Theater Operations Manager must make sure that each Venue Manager is trained properly and equipped with the appropriate paperwork (volunteer schedules; film schedules; policy handbooks; and operations manuals for each specific venue). He/she will ensure that Venue Managers are aware of proper protocol for training volunteers and will be based at a/perture but will float between all venues to assist as needed and deal with any pressing customer service or venue management issues.  He/she will also assist in the scheduling and training of volunteers at each venue. The Theater Operations Manager will oversee front-of-house theater operations at all 2014 RiverRun venues and will report to the Operations Manager.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Leadership abilities
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to present themselves professionally and represent the festival
  • Ability to maintain paperwork
  • Strong communication skills