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 - Department of Fair Employment and Housing is seeking a Legal Secretary to join the Los Angeles Legal Division. Under the General Supervision of the Legal Division Manager and direct supervision of the Legal Support Supervisor, the Legal Secretary performs complex legal secretarial assignments, relieving attorneys of specialized clerical details.Legal - Los AngelesJanuary 21, 2021Duty Statement (PDF)

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Exam Bulletin
Legal Secretary - Department of Fair Employment and Housing is seeking a Legal Secretary to join the Elk Grove Legal Division. Under the General Supervision of the Legal Division Manager and direct supervision of the Legal Support Supervisor, the Legal Secretary performs complex legal secretarial assignments, relieving attorneys of specialized clerical details.Legal - Elk GroveJanuary 21, 2021Duty Statement (PDF)

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Exam Bulletin
Information Technology Specialist I - Department of Fair Employment and Housing is seeking an ITS I to support the most complex technology platforms and ensuring that they interface with the external systems; including those located at State Controller’s Office, CALHR, and Department of Technology Services. Duties comprise of procuring, maintaining and installing network equipment such as firewalls, routers and switches, supporting an enterprise environment including, but not limited to, management of Windows 2012 domain controllers, System Management server, applications servers, DNS , DHCP, etc.; establishing and managing user rights and group accounts, permissions, privileges, profiles and policies using the Active Directory administrative toolset; maintaining server domain integrity, configuration management, managing file systems, driver files and directories; deploying security updates and client software; and providing remote client troubleshooting and supplement electronic inventory control. Additionally, the incumbent is the custodian of the Department’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). The IT Specialist I 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 I is also responsible for designing, engineering and implementation of wireless solutions for the DFEH.Information Technology – Elk GroveJanuary 29, 2021 Duty Statement (PDF)

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Associate Governmental Program Analyst - Department of Fair Employment and Housing is seeking an Associate Governmental Program Analyst to join their Executive Programs Division to serve as the Outreach and Education analyst. The Outreach and Education analyst independently assists in developing and implementing effective education and outreach initiatives that advance the Department’s mission of eliminating discrimination in the State of California.Executive Programs Division/Outreach & Education Unit – Bakersfield, Elk Grove, Fremont, Fresno or Los Angeles officeFebruary 11, 2021Duty Statement (PDF)

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Exam Bulletin

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)

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. The DFEH Summer Honors Program is a volunteer law clerk program designed to give law students substantive practical experience investigating, mediating and litigating civil rights cases.

2019 Summer Honors Program (PDF).

DFEH Honors Program

The DFEH Honors Program is a highly competitive, two-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.

DFEH Honors Program Application 2019-2021 (PDF).


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