Careers at VSDB

VSDB architecture: Main building with pediment, columns, and banners

Come work with us!

Here at VSDB we are committed to excellence in educating children who are deaf, blind, and deaf and/or blind with other disabilities. We share a passion to help our students GROW in every aspect, DO to expand their capabilities and gain confidence, and BECOME capable adults.

Our commitment to excellence depends upon a workforce of approximately 200 capable and committed individuals who fulfill a variety of roles including teachers, residential advisors, grounds workers, housekeepers, security officers, nurses, skilled specialists, aides and assistants, support staff, and more. We work as a team, depending upon each other as we work to serve the best interests of our students and to meet the needs of Virginia’s citizens.

Our work is profoundly important and personally satisfying. If you are looking for rewarding work in a supportive and energized environment, we hope you’ll consider VSDB.



Tessy Schlemmer
Director of Human Resources



Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with VSDB.

The VSDB application process is handled by Virginia Jobs, the career site for the Commonwealth of Virginia.


To apply, you must access the following website and apply online:

Please note that consideration for interview is based solely on the information within the online state application. A resume will not substitute for a fully completed state application. Applications submitted with “see resume” under work experience are considered incomplete.

Applicants needing accommodation to apply for openings should contact the VSDB Human Resources Department by phone at (540) 332-9069 for further assistance.

Why Choose VSDB for Your Career

VSDB offers a rewarding opportunity to carry on the tradition of continued excellence in educating children who are deaf, blind, and deaf and/or blind with other disabilities.  At the forefront of educational technology, VSDB utilizes some of the most advanced equipment and computer applications to provide enrolled students with the best education possible.  VSDB also offers a comprehensive benefit package.

What we hear most about why our employees love working here: it feels like family.  Staff here truly care about each other and our students. At VSDB, each employee is a valued member of the VSDB team, and we work together to support the success of each student and employee. This enables us to provide a positive learning and working environment for all.

About Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley

Staunton is located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley in west-central Virginia, very near the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Staunton provides small-town charm with a vibrant music and arts scene, sizzling local food and dining, and a fun array of independent shops and galleries.

The nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive both offer scenic drives and ample hiking opportunities for exploring the area’s natural beauty and wildlife.

In the Shenandoah Valley, you’ll experience a rolling landscape of pastures and historic towns, breweries and wineries, antique and contemporary shopping, and lots of fun festivals and events year-round.  You will discover mountain scenery, unique attractions, small-town charm, outdoor adventures and so much more.   Staunton is home of the popular American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse and other local theatres offering interesting Staunton live arts.

Simply put, Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley is a beautiful area to explore or raise a family.

Downtown Staunton at dusk

Photo of downtown Staunton by Woods Pierce

Find out more
Staunton boasts “Big Time Culture, Small Town Cool.” This website shows why Staunton regularly wins national acclaim as an arts and culture destination, as an architectural gem, as a foodie’s paradise, and a vibrant main street community.

Visit Augusta County
The City of Staunton is located within the borders of Augusta County, which abounds with natural beauty, farms that produce amazing food, wineries and breweries, and endless opportunity.

American Shakespeare Center
Staunton is home to the worlds only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor playhouse—the Blackfriars Playhouse—and a superb professional acting company that performs year-round. All within walking distance of VSDB!

Heifetz International Music Institute
This renowned program attracts the most promising young strings musicians from around the world, who perform at daily concerts in the summer and occasional events throughout the year.

Historic Staunton Foundation
HSF is a major reason that Staunton’s rich architectural and historic resources have been preserved and revitalized.

Mary Baldwin University
MBU is a comprehensive university, with its main campus located just blocks from VSDB, that contributes to Staunton’s cultural and intellectual vitality.

Shenandoah National Park
One of America’s favorite national parks is located less than 30 minutes away, with hiking, camping, and scenic vistas.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Also a short drive away, the BRP runs along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, linking Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
Our regional chamber serves Staunton, Augusta County, and the nearby city of Waynesboro.