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What Is The Texas School For The Blind And Visually Impaired?

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) serves as a special public school in the continuum of statewide placements for students who have a visual impairment. Students, ages 6 through 21, who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, are eligible for consideration for services on the TSBVI campus through Comprehensive Programs or Short Term Programs.  The TSBVI Outreach Programs serve as a statewide resource to parents of these children and the professionals who serve them, from birth through transition from school.

The other major divisions of TSBVI are: School and Student Services (student admissions and  records); the Business, Operations and Technology Division (budgeting, accounting, purchasing, payroll, supply warehouse, maintenance, food service, security, transportation, duplication and technology); and Executive Administration (superintendent's office, human resources, curriculum, legal, internal audit and risk management).

 

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JOBS AT TSBVI

As you can tell from the above description of our school, we employ people in many diverse positions. The list below is by no means inclusive, but it does provide examples of the types of positions which may become available:

  • Accountant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Audio/Visual Technician
  • Clerk
  • Diagnostician
  • Dorm Manager
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Nurse
  • Occupational/Physical Therapist
  • Programmer
  • Resident Specialist
  • Security Officer
  • Substitute
  • Teacher
  • Teacher Aide

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THE APPLICATION AND HIRING PROCESS

TSBVI uses the standard State of Texas employment application. You may pick up a copy of this application at our school or download from the Current Job Vacancies and Application Information page on our website.

We strive to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, age, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability. It is our intention to fully comply with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including fulfilling requests by applicants and employees for reasonable accommodation. If you, as an applicant, need accommodation for any aspect of the employment process, please let us know.

Persons seeking employment at TSBVI may normally only submit an application in response to a specific, currently posted position. The exception to this is for high-demand, low-supply positions, such as Nurse or Teacher with Visually Impaired or other relevant special education certification, for which we accept applications at all times. Otherwise, we do not accept applications to be placed "on file". Also, we require that you submit multiple applications if you wish to be considered for more than one position. These rules allow us to process, route, and track applications in the most timely and efficient manner, thus serving you as well as our department supervisors better.

Since the State of Texas application is not customized for agency, we would like to call your attention to one item in particular. When the application asks you to list your "special skills and qualifications," it give examples concerning office machines, computers and so forth. We would encourage you to also indicate the skills or experiences you have had which relate to working with individuals with visual impairments.

When job vacancies occur, notices are posted here on campus and on our website (Current Job Vacancies). They are also sent to the Texas Workforce Commission to be included on the Work In Texas website and a variety of other agencies and organizations appropriate to the vacant position. Depending on the position and the anticipated size of the applicant pool, positions may also be advertised in the newspaper. Normally, positions are posted internally to invite in-house applicants five days prior to being advertised to the public. If the position is not filled internally, it will remain open for at least another five days, or until a sufficient applicant pool exists.

As applications are received in the Human Resources Office, we screen them to ensure that they meet the position's minimum qualifications and then forward qualifying applications to the interviewing supervisor on a daily basis. Some supervisors prefer to begin interviewing immediately while others wait until all applications have been received. In either case, you will be contacted by the department supervisor if you are selected for an interview. You are welcome to call us to check the status of the position, but once the applications leave the Human Resources Department, it is up to the supervisor to begin the interviewing and selection process. Once the supervisor has completed interviewing and identified the applicant of his or her choice, that choice will be reviewed by the head of that department, the Director of Human Resources, who serves as the Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator, and the Superintendent. Once a final selection has been approved, the successful applicant will be contacted by phone and those applicants who were interviewed, but not selected will be notified by letter.

IMPORTANT NOTES!

  • During the selection process, your name, date of birth, race, and sex will be submitted to the Department of Public Safety for a criminal records check. The information gathered through this check is held strictly confidential. Furthermore, possession of a criminal record does not automatically exclude an applicant from consideration.
  • As of September 1, 1999, an agency in any branch of state government may not hire a person as an employee if the person is of the age (18-25) and gender (male), that would require a person residing in the U.S. to register with the selective service system, unless the person presents proof of the person's registration with the selective service system as required by federal law or proof of exemption from registration with the selective service.
  • If you are hired, you will be required to submit proof of your identity and your eligibility to work in the United States within three working days of your date of employment.  TSBVI participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. 

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ANNUAL TERM OF EMPLOYMENT

The TSBVI calendar is based on the school year. Depending on their positions, employees work either year-around or while school is in session only. The regular school year extends from mid-August through late May; then, in the months of June and July, TSBVI operates a number of special summer programs of varying lengths and types. Employment in those programs is based on student enrollment and is not guaranteed. For employees whose jobs do not permit them to work when school is not in session, part of that time off may be covered by annual leave (vacation) earned but not used during the school year, but the majority of the time off is leave without pay. It is important to note that accepting employment at TSBVI may mean having significant amounts of leave without pay each year, depending on your position.

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HOLIDAYS

Because our calendar is based on the school year, we observe a different holiday schedule than most other state agencies. Students go home and the school is closed for four days at Thanksgiving, two weeks at Christmas, and one week at Spring Break. Because the total number of these holidays usually exceeds the number of state holidays by several days in any given year, employees must use annual or other leave to make up the difference. Employees who do not have adequate leave to cover the excess of school during state holidays will be placed on leave without pay status and have the appropriate amount deducted from their pay.

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BENEFITS

All TSBVI employees become members of the State of Texas Employees Retirement System which results in an automatic monthly payroll deduction of 9.5% contributed toward eventual retirement benefits. Employee contributions are refunded if employment terminates before retirement is reached.

A selection of health care plans and various forms of optional insurance are available to our employees and their dependents.

The State's contribution to employees' insurance premiums is sufficient to cover the cost of health insurance for full-time employees (30 hrs /week) with no dependents. Part-time employees (less than 30 hrs/week) pay 50% of their health insurance premium. For benefits purposes only, a full-time employee is an employee who is regularly scheduled to work at least 30 hrs/week.

Full-time employees (40 hrs/week) earn paid sick leave at the rate of 8 hours per month and at least 8 hours of annual leave (vacation) per month. Earned leave is pro-rated for part-time employees (less than 40 hrs/week). The amount of annual leave earned monthly increases with the length of state service.

These and other optional benefits will be explained fully to applicants who are offered and accept employment.

NOTE: Some of the above information about leave and holidays will vary somewhat for contract employees (primarily teachers).

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QUESTIONS?

Please ask staff in the Human Resources Department if you have questions about employment at TSBVI. We ask for your cooperation in not contacting individual department supervisors unless you have been asked to do so. The departments are not set up to handle a large volume of outside inquiries, so we hope you will help them do their jobs by directing your questions to us. The phone numbers within the HR Department are:

(512) 206-9129 -- Roseanna Godinez, Records Specialist *This is the primary number!
(512) 206-9160 -- Carmen Garza, Leave Accountant
(512) 206-9340 -- Amanda Anguiano, HR Employment Specialist
(512) 206-9135 -- Betty Lindgren, Benefits & Worker's Compensation Coordinator
(512) 206-9132 -- Kate Mainzer, HR Director

The general email address for the Human Resources Department is

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