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Nelnet Safety Manager - NRE Solar (Palatine, IL) in Palatine, Illinois

Nelnet Renewable Energy began from Nelnet, a company that started 40-plus years ago with a purpose to serve our customers and communities. Over the years, our corporate color green has taken on new meaning as we’ve applied multiple capabilities to our passion for supporting a transition to renewable energy. Learn more about who we are, what we do – and the many ways we can help you achieve your sustainability and financial goals.

Nelnet is a diversified and innovative company committed to enriching lives through the power of service as a student loan servicer, professional services company, consumer loan originator and servicer, payments processor, renewable energy solutions, and K-12 and higher education expert.

Nelnet Renewable Energy offers a vast portfolio of solutions to help support residents, commercial and industrial customers, landowners, developers, investors, CleanTech and ClimateTech innovators, and educational institutions in meeting their renewable energy goals. As a large, diversified company driven by a purpose to serve, we deliver broad expertise, innovative solutions, financial capital, and established networks to help our customers and partners power a more sustainable future.

Nelnet Renewable Energy is proud to be a Nelnet company. Founded over 45 years ago, Nelnet is a publicly traded (NYSE: NNI), investment-grade company offering a diverse set of solutions across a wide range of markets and industries. Our involvement in renewable energy began in 2018 with a commitment to fund over $142 million for the building of solar energy projects via tax equity financing. Since then, our commitment grew, leading us to develop a new brand, Nelnet Renewable Energy, offering a range of renewable energy solutions. In 2022, we acquired leading engineering, procurement, and construction firm GRNE Solar, enabling us to offer expert residential, commercial, and small utility-scale installation services.

The Safety Manager is responsible for implementing and overseeing the safety protocols and programs across all projects and operations. This role ensures compliance with local, state, and federal safety regulations, promoting a culture of safety within the organization.

*This position will be based out of our Palatine office with some hybrid work availability.

*Pay range for this role is $100,000 -$120,000 annually, depending on experience.


  1. Create, promote, and drive a company-wide safety-first mentality.

  2. Develop, implement, and monitor safety policies and procedures in compliance with regulatory laws and standards.

  3. Conduct risk assessments to identify potential hazards and implement preventive measures.

  4. Lead safety training sessions for employees, ensuring awareness and understanding of safety practices.

  5. Investigate accidents or incidents to identify their causes and to determine how they might be prevented in the future.

  6. Coordinate with project managers and construction teams to ensure safety protocols are integrated into project plans.

  7. Maintain records of safety-related incidents and provide reports to senior management.

  8. Stay updated on new safety laws and regulations that impact the company's operations.

  9. Lead company communications with OSHA and other governmental institutions as necessary.

  10. Position safety as a pillar of our drive for Operational Excellence.


• Bachelor's degree in safety management, engineering, environmental science, construction management, or a related field is preferred, or an equivalent level of experience and education.

• A minimum of 5 years of experience in safety management, preferably within the construction or renewable energy sectors.

• Certifications such as Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Occupational Health and Safety Technician (OHST) are highly desirable.

• Proven track record of developing and implementing effective safety programs and initiatives


  1. Comprehensive knowledge of safety regulations and laws, including OSHA, EPA, and other applicable standards.

  2. Proficient in developing and implementing safety policies and programs.

  3. Skilled in conducting risk assessments and identifying hazard prevention strategies.

  4. Effective leadership and communication abilities for leading safety trainings and promoting a culture of safety.

  5. Experience in investigating accidents and implementing corrective measures.

  6. Ability to stay current with safety regulations and incorporate changes into company practices.

  7. Strong organizational skills for maintaining safety records and compliance documentation.


Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, HSA and FSA, generous earned time off, 401K/student loan repayment, life insurance & AD&D insurance, employee assistance program, employee stock purchase program, tuition reimbursement, performance-based incentive pay, short- and long-term disability, and a robust wellness program. Click here to learn more about our benefits: LINK (http://nelnetinc.com/careers/benefits/) .

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance.

Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Corporate Recruiting at 402-486-5725 or corporaterecruiting@nelnet.net .

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.

You may know Nelnet as the nation’s largest student loan servicer – but we do more than that. A lot more. We’re also a professional services company, consumer loan originator and servicer, payment processor, renewable energy innovator, and K-12 and higher education expert (and that’s just a shortlist). For over 40 years, we’ve been serving our customers, associates, and communities to make dreams possible.

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