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 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.

ClassificationLocationFinal Filing DateDescription
Attorney IV (may consider Senior FEH Counsel – The Department of Fair Employment and Housing LegalDivision is seeking anAttorney IV to join their Legal team to perform the most sensitive and complex legal work, including assignments involving cases of the highest degree of difficulty in accordance to the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Ralph Civil Rights Act, Unruh Civil Rights Act and the Disabled Persons Act.Legal Division – Elk Grove, Fremont or Los AngelesUntil FilledDuty Statement
Legal Secretary - The Department of Fair Employment and Housing is seeking a Legal Secretary to perform complex legal secretarial work and to provide litigation support to the Legal Division.Los Angeles LegalNovember 1, 2018Duty Statement
Legal Secretary - The Department of Fair Employment and Housing is seeking a Legal Secretary to perform complex legal secretarial work and to provide litigation support to the Legal Division.Elk Grove LegalUntil filledDuty Statement
Senior FEH Counsel, Specialist (may consider FEH Counsel) - The Department of Fair Employment and Housing Legal Division is seeking a Senior FEH Counsel to join their Legal team to perform the most complex, difficult, and sensitive civil litigation of discrimination cases alleging violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Unruh Civil Rights Act, Disabled Persons Act, Ralph Civil Rights Act, Human Trafficking Protection Act, and Government Code section 11135.Legal Division – Elk Grove, Fremont or Los AngelesUntil FilledDuty Statement
Graduate Student Assistant - The Department of Fair Employment and Housing is seeking graduate students for a part-time, remote-work position, assisting the Department with conducting a telephonic survey of California employers regarding their anti-harassment and diversity policies. The survey is an outgrowth of the Department’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Successful candidates for the position will be comfortable researching contact information for employers and conducting cold calls to reach the most appropriate person to speak to about the survey, and will be willing and able to develop rapport with those being interviewed. Exceptional tact and judgement a must.Executive Programs/Outreach and Education Unit for Elk Grove and/or Los AngelesUntil FilledDuty Statement

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.

Exam Bulletins by Job ClassificationType of ExamFinal Filing DateClassification Description
Assistant Chief Counsel
Open ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Attorney (used to fill FEH Counsel)

Open ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Attorney III (used to fill Senior FEH Counsel)
Open ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Attorney IVOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Attorney VOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Legal AnalystOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Legal AssistantOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Legal SecretaryOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Special Investigator (exam used to fill FEH Consultant III, Specialist)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Staff Services Analyst Open ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Associate Governmental Program AnalystOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Staff Services Manager I (exam used to fill FEH Consultant III, Specialist)Open ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Staff Services Manager IIOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Staff Services Manager IIIOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec
Graduate Legal AssistantOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingSPB Spec

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 bulletions by job classificationType of examFinal filing dateClassification description
Staff Services Analyst Transfer ExamOpen ExaminationContinuous TestingBulletin

Civil rights honors program


The DFEH Civil Rights Honors Program is a highly competitive, one-year program for recent law school graduates and newly admitted lawyers who are committed to public service. Participants in the program will develop practical lawyering skills working with experienced DFEH attorneys in the investigation, mediation, and prosecution of civil rights cases brought by the Department on behalf of the people of California. Apply through March 19, 2018.

Click here for more details.

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. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be postmarked or emailed no later than: January 15, 2018. Click here for more details.

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.