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 with the title of the position you're applying for in the subject line.  Available seasonal jobs and their requirements are listed below.


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.




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.


  • 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. 


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


  • 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


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.



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.


  • 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.


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.


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