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Nelnet IT Infrastructure Engineer- IBM z/OS Mainframe Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa

Nelnet is a student loan servicer that's grown into a fiber internet pioneer, real estate investor, and software provider. But that's just the beginning. With 6,500 associates and growing, we take our business wherever superior customer experiences and ingenuity are needed.

The perks of working at Nelnet go beyond our benefits package. When you join the Nelnet team, you're part of a community invested in the success of each individual. That support comes through in our work, as we are united by our mission of creating opportunities for people where they live, learn, and work.

The system programmer is responsible for managing the mainframe hardware configuration, and installing, customizing, and maintaining the mainframe operating system.

The system programmer installs, customizes, and maintains the operating system, and also installs or upgrades products that run on the system. ... Planning hardware and software system upgrades and changes in configuration. Training system operators and application programmers. Automating operations.

This position requires work in support of the Company’s contract with the United States Department of Education (“ED”). As such, the United States Government requires that any applicant for this position must complete United States Government security clearance. Effective June 1, 2018, ED has informed Nelnet that security clearance applications for foreign nationals are not being accepted or processed. In light of this direction from ED, Nelnet will be unable to hire applicants without United States citizenship for such positions.


  1. Develops or modifies IT Infrastructure to meet business objectives.

  2. Maintain and implement technical solutions, specifications, and documentation for various sized projects or daily support initiatives.

  3. Works with multiple customers, stakeholders, and system owners to produce requirements, determine feasibility, analyze cost/benefits requirements, and recommend design solution options.

  4. Provide training and technical support for users with varying levels of IT knowledge.

  5. Completes routine preventative measures and maintains/monitoring network security.

  6. Prepare/maintain and test system recovery plans

  • Ensure compliance with DOE/STIG security requirements

  • Manage environment with multiple LPARS

  • Planning hardware and software system upgrades and changes in configuration

  • Training system operators and application programmers

  • Automating operations

  • Capacity planning

  • Running installation jobs and scripts

  • Performing installation-specific customization tasks

  • Integration-testing the new products with existing applications and user procedures

  • System-wide performance tuning to meet required levels of service


Bachelor's degree in Information Science or related field and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.


(Installation, administration, configuration, maintenance of the following)

z-Series mainframe, DASD, VTS, z/OS, Top Secret/RACF, CA7 or other batch scheduler, TRMS, OnDemand, CICS, DB2, MIM, TLMS, OPS/MVS, Rexx, SAS, FDR, TSO, Syncsort, Z/VM, UNIX System Services, HCM, JES2

Additional Experience with any of the following is a Plus:

VMware, Windows Server 2008/2012, Active Directory, SAN, Firewalls, Data Archival, LAN, WAN, JQP, Linux, Solimar SPDE/Rubika, $AVRS, JCLPREP, AbendAid


  1. Strong analytical, judgment and problem solving skills.

  2. Strong oral and written communication skills.

  3. Strong interpersonal skills, interacts well with technical and non-technical clients.

Colorado residents; pay range for this role is $100,000 - $150,000

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 ( .

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 Nelnet Corporate Recruiting.

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 .

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.

Nelnet is a leading student loan servicer – but we’re even more than that. We’re a professional services company, telecommunications innovator, and K-12 and higher education expert (and that’s just the shortlist). For over 40 years, we’ve been serving our customers and making their dreams possible.

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