Work at Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Join the dedicated team at DFEH

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing offers rewarding career opportunities. Becoming a member of the Department means that you are joining a team of dedicated, hardworking people responsible for protecting Californians from discrimination, hate violence, and human trafficking.

While there are DFEH offices in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno, and Fremont, all hiring is handled through the headquarters office in Elk Grove.

Current openings

The DFEH has no job opening at this time, please revisit.

Examinations open to the public and state employees

Below is a list of exams that you may take so you are prepared to compete for future DFEH vacancies. You must have passed the examination for the appropriate job classification and be on a current employment eligibility list to compete for job openings at DFEH.

CalHR Exam Bulletins by Job ClassificationType of ExamFinal Filing DateCalHR Classification Description
Assistant Chief Counsel
Open ExaminationContinuous TestingAssistant Chief Counsel
Legal AnalystOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingLegal Analyst
Legal SecretaryOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingLegal Secretary
Legal AssistantOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingLegal Assistant
Attorney IVOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingAttorney IV
Staff Services Manager I(exam used to fill FEH Consultant III, Specialist)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingStaff Services Manager I
Staff Services Manager IIIOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingStaff Services Manager III
Staff Services Manager IIOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingStaff Services Manager II
Attorney III (used to fill Senior FEH Counsel)
Open ExaminationContinuous TestingAttorney III
Associate Governmental Program AnalystOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingAssociate Governmental Program Analyst
Attorney (used to fill FEH Counsel)

Open ExaminationContinuous TestingAttorney
Staff Services AnalystOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingStaff Services Analyst
Attorney VOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingAttorney V
Special Investigator (exam used to fill FEH Consultant III, Specialist)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingSpecial Investigator

Promotional exams

Promotional exams are open to current or former DFEH employees only. If you are a former employee and you need to confirm eligibility, please email the Human Resources office. You must apply on or before the final filing date.

Exam Bulletins by Job ClassificationType of ExamFinal Filing DateClassification Description
Staff Services Analyst Transfer ExamOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingBulletin

Summer honors program

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), seeks law students with a passion for enforcing the civil rights laws protecting people in the most populous and diverse state in the country.

View announcement for 2019 Summer Honors Program.

Student Internship and Externship Programs

It is the policy and practice of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing to provide educational and experiential opportunities to student interns and externs, and to appropriately recruit for, train, and evaluate all such students. To learn more about the Department’s internship and externship program and policies, please see the DFEH Student Internship and Externship Program Guide.

Click here for more details regarding Student Intership and Externship Programs.

How to apply

To compete for a job opening at DFEH, new candidates need to take the following steps:

  1. Apply to the state of California (https://jobs.ca.gov) for the appropriate job classification and then take the necessary exam for that category (list below).
  2. Pass that exam and be added to a current employment eligibility list
  3. Check for current openings at DFEH (see box)
  4. If you are eligible for one of those jobs, submit a State Application Form (STD 678) and your resume (optional unless specified). Mail your application materials to:

Human Resources Office
2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA 95758

The most qualified candidates will be interviewed by DFEH staff. Final filing dates may be extended if positions are not filled.

Should you have any questions regarding the examination process please contact Chris Thomas, Associate Personnel Analyst 916-585-7123.