YouthQuest Foundation Seeks 3D ThinkLink Creativity Lab Operator

This is an opportunity to become a key member of the team at our nonprofit organization based in Chantilly, Virginia. We are seeking a part-time staffer to run YouthQuest’s 3D printing lab.

Details of the job description are below. To submit your resume and cover letter, please contact:
Juan Louro

 YouthQuest 3D Printing Lab Operator (Part-Time)


Founded in 2002 and recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 in 2005, The YouthQuest Foundation’s mission is to provide life-changing opportunities for America’s at-risk youth.  The Foundation helps these youth fulfill their potential through academic and vocational development, infrastructure support and enrichment activities.

We do this primarily through our 3D ThinkLink Initiative, a unique education program that uses 3D design and printing to teach at-risk youth critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to unlock their creativity. 

To accomplish our mission, YouthQuest Foundation has established a design and print lab, known as the YouthQuest 3D ThinkLink Creativity Lab at our headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia.  The primary purpose of this lab is to extend our educational goals for those at-risk populations we serve.  But, it is also intended that the lab be opened to the public on a membership basis that benefits our mission financially.

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The Board of Directors (BOD) is looking for an individual to fill the part-time position of 3D ThinkLink Creativity Lab Operator.  The Lab Operator (LO) must be a leader who is able interact well with people and possess the ability to learn the software and hardware demands of the lab environment. This environment currently includes:

  • Moment of Inspiration Software
  • 3D Systems Second Generation Cube 3D Printers
  • 3D Systems Third Generation Cube 3D Printers
  • 3D Systems CubePro 3D Printers
  • JellyBox Kit Printers
  • M3D Micro 3D Printers
  • M3D Pro 3D Printers
  • M3D ProMega 3D Printers
  • ZCorp Z450 powder-bed 3D Printer
  • 3D Scanners


Reporting to the Foundation Operations Manager, the LO will manage all aspects of the 3D ThinkLink Design & Print Lab and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work in partnership with the Founders, the BOD, and YouthQuest Staff
  • Provide operational oversight of the 3D ThinkLink Creativity Lab
  • Prepare, use and troubleshoot lab printers
  • Maintain laptops
  • Teach CAD design using current lab software
  • Maintain a log of facility use and regularly update materials costs
  • Keep the lab in an organized and orderly condition
  • Order and maintain material inventory
  • Accept payments
  • Operate lab during published access times
  • Design and print on demand

Key Qualifications

As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of the Foundation and be driven by the mission.  Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the mission of The Foundation are paramount.  The candidate must also demonstrate a passion for learning all aspects of 3D printing and design so that they are able to help members with design and printing issues the members might encounter.

YouthQuest is an Equal Opportunity employer.  Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

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