Oderra Jones became the new Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Boston in January.
Jones came to UMass Boston from the MetroWest YMCA in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he was the director of sports and teen programming.
At UMass Boston, Jones will be responsible for developing and sustaining a strong community outreach program for the Athletics Division. His major focus will be to plan and design programs and to cultivate community partnerships that will both help the local community and promote the mission and goals of UMass Boston. Among his other responsibilities will be the management of the Clark Athletic Center Community Membership program, and the scheduling of the facility for use by youth groups, neighborhood organizations, and other external entities.
During his time at the MetroWest YMCA, Jones assisted with the marketing of the sports and teen programs. He was also responsible for the development of teen social and leadership programs and instructed a variety of preschool and youth instructional sport classes. Prior to his work at the YMCA, Jones was the recruiting coordinator at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina, as well as the assistant men’s basketball coach.
Jones holds a master’s degree in sports and recreation management from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor’s of science in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.