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CV - Daniel Birks

Seeking a rewarding position using my editing skills working on technical documentation

Work History

Feb 2015Dec 2015

Technical Writer - Labeling

Roche Diagnostics, Diabetes Care (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Made revisions to medical device labeling as part of an 11-month labeling revision project.
  • Proofread labeling (user's manuals, quick-start guides, product inserts, cartons, violators) for U.S. and international markets, reviewing labeling for correctness, spelling, formatting, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Collaborated with international product manager, project manager, language services, and graphic designers.
  • Used MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, and
    content management system.
Dec 2013Jul 2014

Editorial Assistant

Legislative Services Agency (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Amended legislation, following guidelines for marking changes to bills, merging documents, and proofreading.
  • Using WordPerfect, inserted corrections, merged documents, and
    saved PDFs.
  • Engrossed and enrolled bills, following established guidelines.
  • After end of legislative session, proofread data for accuracy during the agency's migration to a new website.
Mar 2002Aug 2011


Self-employed Contractor (Fort Collins, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana)

Contracted editing and proofreading work for several companies:

  • Galileo Press (now Rheinwerk Publishing, Bonn, Germany):
    Copyedited German-to-English translations of technical books covering SAP topics. Consulted original German text and discussed translation issues with the translator.
  • The Creative Group (Denver, Colorado): Proofread and copyedited travel industry guides. For Canadian guides, checked for correct spelling of Canadian English.
  • Peter Lang Publishing (New York, New York): Proofread and copyedited academic books for a publisher in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Penton Technology Media (Loveland, Colorado): Copyedited articles  and graphs for Business Performance Management magazine.
  • Studio B (Great Neck, New York): Copyedited white papers and product sheets for a company that creates content for Microsoft and other firms.
Dec 2008Nov 2009

Copy Editor

Office of the Legislative Counsel (Salem, Oregon)
  • Copyedited bills, reviewing legislation for grammar, spelling, logic, diction, sense, punctuation, and alignment with legislative form and style guide.
  • Copyedited attorney opinion letters, reviewing correspondence for English usage, grammar, consistency, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Used the Internet and various databases for research, document tracking, and file storage.
  • Working as a team with fellow editors, followed detailed procedures
    in the compiling and proofreading of the Oregon Revised Statutes.

May 1999Mar 2002

Associate Copy Editor

Penton Technology Media (Loveland, Colorado)
  • Copyedited and proofread magazine articles and newsletters covering Microsoft products and technology.
  • With fellow editors, maintained company style guide and added to and updated list of company terminology.


Oct 1989Apr 1992

B.A., Behavioral Science (cum laude)

National University
  •                                                                                              Undergraduate courses in psychology and social psychology.               Minor: computer science
Aug 1994Dec 1995

Graduate School Courses

Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
  •                                                                                                      Linguistics courses (3 sem.): Language and Society, Discourse Analysis, Theory and Practice of Translation
Aug 1993Jul 1994

Seminary Courses

Dallas Theological Seminary
  •                                                                                                               Koine Greek courses (3 sem.): Elements of Greek, Elements of Greek 2, Intermediate Greek
Sep 1990Dec 1992

Undergraduate School Courses

University of California, Davis
  •                                                                                             Linguistics and language courses (6 qtr.): Elementary Greek,     Introduction to Linguistics, Grammatical Analysis, Phonetics, Phonological Analysis, Historical Linguistics, Semantics