Looking for my portfolio? You can find it here.

My resume can be seen below. You can also open it as a pdf or view my extended resume on Linkedin.

Jessica Behles


Keywords: editing, technical editing, writing, technical writing, instructional writing, policies and procedures, document design, visual design, documentation, HTML, style guides, communication, quality assurance, wikis, collaboration, research, communication


Bachelor of Science with Honors in Technical Communication, May 2011

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech), Socorro, NM

Noteworthy Courses: Publications Management, Intro to Visual Communication, Persuasive Communication (i.e., grant writing), Professional Writing Workshop (i.e., instructional writing and usability), Elements of Editing, Editing Institutional Policies and Procedures, Management & Organizational Behavior

Society for Technical Communication Certificate Course

Project Management and the Technical Communicator, July 2014


  • Editing: paper or electronic, policies and procedures, technical, research, ESL, marketing
  • Writing: technical, SEO, marketing, blogging, business, scientific, articles, instructional, proposals, research, documentation
  • Visual Design: graphics, Web pages, documents, flyers/brochures, layout
  • Technology: HTML,Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio, Outlook, Lync), Adobe Acrobat, content management systems (Joomla, WordPress), databases, wikis, typing (100 wpm)
  • Other: style guides, collaboration, research, oral communication, time management, adaptability/flexibility, project management, quality assurance

Work Experience

Technical Writer

June 2013–Present

Vencore/Indian Health Service, Division of Information Security (DIS)

  • Edit information security-related documents (test reports, standard operating procedures, memoranda, policies and procedures, training modules, security plans/assessments, flyers, business communications, web content)
  • Develop flyers and other informational materials to raise information security awareness for a primarily non-technical audience of ~20,000
  • Collaborate with and provide support for other DIS teams to complete documentation projects
  • Ensure documents comply with internal and federal practices and standards, such as FISMA, NIST, and HIPAA
  • Develop information security training modules using
  • Maintain internal style guide, knowledge base, and glossary
  • Develop content for internally facing web pages
  • Maintain multiple SharePoint documentation databases and task trackers
  • Format raw test data for distribution (Excel)
  • Develop and maintain templates for Word, Acrobat, and e-mail
  • Ensure Section 508 compliance in documentation
  • Update older documentation to match current policies and procedures
  • Contact business partners to create/maintain security agreements
  • Develop processes for security agreement maintenance and compliance
  • Manage annual reviews and communications for approximately 85 security agreements

Documentation Specialist

June 2011–Present

National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)–Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)

  • Manage documentation projects to ensure completeness and readiness for delivery
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to produce documentation for delivered modules
  • Track and usher documents through submission and approval processes
  • Edit highly technical documents for content, accuracy, and readability
  • Ensure compliance with established documentation procedures and standards
  • Maintain proprietary document database in accordance with internal documentation procedures
  • Update wikis for meetings and documentation handover

Independent Contractor

March 2013–June 2013


  • Edited B2B marketing/technical documents (fact sheets, white papers, business profiles, market analyses)

Independent Editor/Writer

May 2010–August 2012

CloudCrowd, Inc. (

  • Edited various document types (including marketing and technical/scientific)
  • Wrote SEO-oriented press releases, marketing copy, blog content, and professional Web copy
  • Provided feedback on and helped develop instructions for workers using the CloudCrowd platform

Writing Tutor

August 2010–May 2011

New Mexico Tech Writing and Oral Presentation Center

  • Tutored students at all stages of writing, from idea development to finished product
  • Worked with native and nonnative English speakers
  • Created flyers and other promotional materials

Policies and Procedures Editor

September 2009–August 2011

New Mexico Tech

  • Edited financial policies and procedures for NMT’s Restricted Funds Department
  • Developed and maintained style guide and document templates
  • Generated mockups of potential document designs
  • Trained new editors


September 2008–August 2009

Socorro County Chamber of Commerce

  • Wrote and edited a wide variety of documents including newsletter articles, monthly reports, grants/proposals, flyers, business letters, forms, and Web pages
  • Interfaced with the public in person or over the phone
  • Performed administrative tasks

Copy Editor

September 2006–May 2008

Paydirt Student Newspaper

  • Copy edited articles for biweekly student newspaper
  • Wrote articles and assisted with layout
  • Developed in-house style guide


  • Behles, Jessica. “The Use of Online Collaborative Writing Tools by Technical Communication Practitioners and Students.” Technical Communication 60, no. 1 (February 2013).
  • Ford, Julie and Jessica Behles. “The Evolution of a Technical Communication Senior Thesis Project.” Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring 1, no. 2 (April 2012).


  • Received Howard Sylvester Award from the Humanities Department of the NM Institute of Mining and Technology for outstanding scholarship in and contributions to the Technical Communication program
  • Wrote grant application for Coca-Cola’s Bin Grant program for Socorro County, which was one of 85 selected from 1,400 applications
  • Wrote three final reports for NM High School Supercomputing Challenge teams, all of which won the Society for Technical Communication’s Best Written Report award (‘02–‘03, sole writer; ‘01–‘02 lead writer; ‘00–‘01, sole writer)

Professional Development

Society for Technical Communication (STC)

  • Chicago Professional Chapter, 2012–Present
    • Attended STC national summit in May 2012
  • Trinitite Student Chapter, 2008–2011
    • Secretary, 2008–2009
  • Kachina Professional Chapter, 2008–2009
    • Attended STC national summit in May 2008

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