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What Is The 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 22, 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);
  • Business, Operations and Technology (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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THE APPLICATION AND HIRING PROCESS

Please refer to the Current Job Vacancies and Application Information page for more information on how to apply..

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.

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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 & SCHOOL CLOSURES

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a state agency but also operates as a school district.  Therefore, we hire 12 month and 9.75 month state classified and School contract employees.   Because our calendar is based on the school year, we observe a different holiday schedule than most other state agencies and other independent school districts. Based on this, the days’ employees have off for state holidays and even during the school year vary based on the position and program/area worked.

Direct Care Department Staff (e.g., Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Residential Instructors):

  • Most direct care department staff are 9.75 month employees and follow the TSBVI school calendar which may result in working on a state holiday.
  • In addition, because the total number of school closure days usually exceed the number of state holidays by several days in any given year, classified employees must use annual or other paid leave to make up the difference or take the time as leave without pay if/when paid leave is exhausted. 

Administrative type positions (e.g., Administration, Business Office):

  • The majority of classified administrative type employees work on state holidays when the school is open as well as work during school closures.  

Classified employees (excludes contract and substitute employees) required to work on a state holiday will earn holiday comp time to be used on a future date. 

If newly employed to the state, annual leave (vacation) may not be taken until the employee has been employed with the state for six continuous months. Holiday time and sick time are still available.

Please discuss with the hiring manager the schedule that the position you are applying for will work and how it is affected by holidays or school closures.

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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?

For all questions related to employment at TSBVI, please contact the Human Resources Department at one of the following:

(512) 206-9129 -- Main HR Number
 

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