Travis Association for the Blind/Austin Lighthouse
  • 03-Nov-2022 to 02-Dec-2022 (CST)
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Paid medical stipend, PTO, Vacation, Birthdays, 403b retirement. M-F schedule


Travis Association for the Blind/Austin Lighthouse (TAB) a non-profit organization, was founded in 1934 by Dr. Henry L. Hilgartner and other civic-minded citizens of Austin to provide a setting where blind men and women could come to learn skills and create products that were sold door to door.

Today, Travis Association for the Blind stays true to the mission established in 1934 by providing opportunities for economic and personal independence for people who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf blind by creating, sustaining, and improving employment. We continue to grow and expand the services we provide to blind Texans.

Our Core Values guide us in everything we do: LIGHT: Leadership, Integrity, Growth & Innovation, Heart, and Teamwork.

TAB offers a variety of benefits to include: 403(b) retirement plan; health insurance; dental insurance; vision insurance; employee assistance program; life insurance; paid time off; paid holidays; employee appreciation events; and more.

Job Summary The HR Training Specialist will support the daily operations of Travis Association for the Blind (TAB) by improving the productivity and development of the organization's employees through needs assessment, training programs and materials development. This position will assess organization-wide developmental needs to drive training initiatives while identifying and arranging training solutions for our teams. This position proactively searches, creatively designs, and effectively implements methods to educate, enhance performance and develop a culture of learning.


  • Creates, organizes, plans, and presents various forms of onboarding, orientation and training for employees and other stakeholders in a diverse learning environment
  • Works with management to assess and determine training and development needs
  • Creates and executes learning strategies and programs based on a strong understanding of organizational and Human Resources objectives
  • Works closely with leadership team to provide focused leadership training and development for high potential employees and front-line supervisors and managers
  • Administers the company's training database, including creating progress reports and a method for notifying supervisors and managers when their staff members are due for training
  • Creates opportunities to help staff learn about current processes and procedures (HR, payroll, on the job training, new manager training, cross training, etc.)
  • Builds learning pathways in Learning Management System (LMS) based on current and future roles
  • Creates and/or acquires training procedure manuals, guides, and course materials
  • Supports the HR department in creating and implementing programs and events to help improve the employee experience throughout the life cycle of the employee
  • Utilizes an HR information system / LMS to enter and maintain accurate employee data
  • Facilitates or supports new employee orientation; ensures all new and returning employees are made to feel welcome and are well-informed on necessary policies, benefits, and other information
  • Ensures compliance training is current and completed for all employees
  • Ensures the confidentiality and security of all employee information and records
  • Selects and assigns instructors to conduct specific training and development as SMEs
  • Evaluates program effectiveness through assessments, surveys, and feedback
  • Provides recommendations to HR and TAB Leadership on training and engagement activities
  • Complies with and ensures employees understand and comply with TAB's policies and procedures.
  • Holds self and others accountable for behaving in accordance with behaviors aligned with TAB's Core Values of Leadership, Integrity, Growth & Innovation, Heart and Teamwork (LIGHT).
  • Performs related duties as assigned or as the situation dictates

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job. 

Minimum Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or relevant experience
  • 2 or more years of working experience in curriculum design and instructional technology
  • 2 or more years of experience with hybrid training methods (e.g., instructor-led, virtual, e-learning)
  • Minimum of one year experience presenting leadership and management development training
  • 3-5 years of working experience in Human Resources preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • The successful candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about the nonprofit/social sector and TAB's vision, mission, core values and goals
  • Ability to write effective copy, instructional text, audio scripts/video scripts
  • Lesson and curriculum planning skills
  • Knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models
  • Knowledge of course development software and at least one Learning Management System.
  • Experience in delivering a variety of teaching methods and processes (e.g., Instructor-Led [classroom], virtual classroom, eLearning, social and mobile learning
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint; data entry, data processing, communication tools and payroll and human resources software
  • Strong empathy and interpersonal skills; able to communicate effectively with supervisors/managers, coworkers, vendors, and other departments.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively to meet deadlines
  • Strong ethics and discretion with confidential or sensitive information
  • Able to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing or in alternative form

Supervisory Responsibility

  • None directly; but regularly oversees and manages classroom participants

Communication & Contacts Required

  • Employees, departments, managers, executives, vendors, community members

Decision Making/Judgment Required

  • Makes decisions as per Standard Operation Procedures and Company Policies; uses independent judgment regarding development of course curriculum; analyzes needs assessment data and other data; regularly works with little to no supervision

Physical Requirements

  • With or without reasonable accommodation, employees in this position must be able to:
  • Sit and type at a computer terminal for up to 8 hours per day with appropriate breaks and perform tasks that require fine dexterity and repetitive motions using the arms, hands, wrists and fingers.
  • Stand for up to 6 hours per day for presentation of training
  • Lift, carry up to 25 lbs.
  • Have strong dexterity capabilities to grasp, assemble, and manipulate objects.
  • Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Coordinate the movement of arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Bend, stoop, squat, adjust position for 20% of time
  • Work in conditions with varying temperature, including cold and/or heat



  • Background Check and Drug Screen required
  • Confirmation of COVID-19 Vaccination Status (or approved Accommodation Request)
  • Internal and external applicants accepted
  • Verifiable documentation of ability to work in the US

Individuals who are blind or visually impaired are encouraged to apply


TAB provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, genetics or any other characteristic protected by law. In addition to federal law requirements, TAB complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

EEO is the law. To review your rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, please visit:

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