Work at Department of Fair Employment and Housing

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing offers rewarding career opportunities. Becoming a member of the Department means that you are joining a family 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 is recruiting for the following position(s):

ClassificationLocationFinal Filing DateDescription
Legal Secretary - The Legal Secretary supports important litigation in employment and housing discrimination, and acts of hate violence under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Ralph Civil Rights Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act.Elk GroveJune 21, 2021Duty Statement (PDF)

More Info:
To obtain list eligibility, please take the Legal Secretary exam.


Legal SecretaryExam

Sr. FEH Counsel -Department of Fair Employment and Housing is seeking a Sr. FEH Counsel to join their Executive Programs Division. The position is distinguished from the lower level Counsel class by the level of difficulty of assignments given to incumbents and the expertise that the incumbent brings to these assignments. The Sr. FEH Counsel (Specialist) works with broad discretion and prudence with minimum supervision. Sr. FEH Counsels are experts in the most complex areas of the law enforced by the Department. Sr. FEH Counsels do not supervise lower level attorney staff, but may act in a lead capacity.Executive Programs/Legislative & Regulatory Unit – Elk Grove, Fremont or Los AngelesJune 23, 2021Duty Statement (PDF)

More Info:
To obtain list eligibility, please take the Attorney III exam.


Attorney III Exam

Staff Services Manager II (Supervisory) - Department of Fair Employment and Housing is seeking a Staff Services Manager II in their Enforcement Division to plan, organize, and directs the work of managers and investigators processing complaints of employment discrimination, denial of services by a public accommodation, human trafficking, and acts of hate violence in accordance to the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Ralph Civil Rights Act, Unruh Civil Rights Act and the Disabled Persons Act. The SSMII serves as a representative of the Department and must exercise good judgment in all interactions with the public by conducting him/herself in an effective and professional manner.Enforcement Division/Employment unit – Bakersfield, Elk Grove, Fremont, Fresno, Los Angeles or RiversideJune 26, 2021Duty Statement (PDF)

More Info:
To obtain list eligibility, please take the Staff Services Manager II (Supervisory) II exam.


Staff Services Manager II Exam

Information Technology Specialist II - Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) is seeking an IT Specialist II in their IT Division to function as the Network Engineer over the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s (DFEH) Information Technology Network Infrastructure. The incumbent is responsible for designing and supporting DFEH’s technology platforms and ensure they interface with external systems. The IT Specialist II works directly with the other IT Specialist I’s, and IT Associates on all programs and projects dealing with the DFEH network infrastructure, database development, and statewide applications deployment and updates. The IT Specialist II is also responsible for designing, engineering and implementation of wireless solutions, SD-WAN and cloud network security for the DFEH.IT Division – Elk GroveJuly 10, 2021Duty Statement (PDF)

More Info:
To obtain list eligibility, please take the Information Technology Specialist II exam.


IT Specialist II Exam

How to Apply

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

  • Identify classifications for which you are qualified, take and pass an examination and be reachable on a current employment eligibility list.
  • Once your examination status is secure, identify and apply for vacant positions within that classification at DFEH, following all instructions outline in the job posting, including State of California Application Form (STD 678), resume, statement of qualifications, etc., as requested.
  • Submit your application either online by creating an online CalHR profile (https://jobs.ca.gov), or by mailing your materials to:

    Department of Fair Employment and Housing
    Attn: Human Resources Office
    2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
    Elk Grove, CA 95758

  • The most qualified candidates will be interviewed in one of our State offices by DFEH staff. Final filing dates may be extended or positions re-advertised if vacancies are not filled.

Current Examinations

Examinations Open to the Public and State Employees

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 ClassificationsType of ExamFinal Filing DateClassification Description
Assistant Chief Counsel (PDF)
Open ExaminationContinuous TestingAssistant Chief Counsel
Legal Analyst (PDF)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingLegal Analyst
Legal Secretary (PDF)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingLegal Secretary
Legal Assistant (PDF)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingLegal Assistant
Attorney IVOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingAttorney IV
Staff Services Manager IOpen Examination12/31/2020Staff Services Manager I
Staff Services Manager I (PDF)(exam used to fill FEH Consultant III, Specialist)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingStaff Services Manager I
Staff Services Manager III (PDF)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingStaff Services Manager III
Staff Services Manager II (PDF)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingStaff Services Manager II
Attorney III (PDF) (used to fill Senior FEH Counsel)
Open ExaminationContinuous TestingAttorney III
Associate Governmental Program Analyst (PDF)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingAssociate Governmental Program Analyst
Attorney (PDF) (used to fill FEH Counsel)

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

Promotional Examinations

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

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.

Student Internship and externship program guide (PDF)


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