The Civil Rights Division (Division) is a key component of the Department of Justice and fulfills a critical mission in upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals, including some of the most vulnerable members of our society. To that end, the Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination, including discrimination in voting, education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also actively works on civil rights legislation, regulations, and a full range of policy activities and initiatives. The Division's work is conducted in eleven substantive Sections; information about the work of the Division and each of those Sections is available on the Division's website at the "About the Division" tab.
Information about hiring procedures and vacancies in the Division is available by clicking the tabs on the left for (1) Experienced Professionals, which includes experienced attorneys, civil rights analysts, paralegal specialists, investigators, and other non-attorney support staff; (2) the Attorney General's Honors Program for entry-level attorneys; and (3) Volunteer and Paid Student Internship Programs for law school, graduate school and undergraduate students. If you need more information about a specific Division vacancy, please call the Office of Human Resources and Security on (202) 514-3934.
The Civil Rights Division is an equal opportunity/reasonable accommodation employer. Consistent with applicable law, Department and Division, discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, disability (physical or mental), marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, political affiliation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, military service, personal favoritism or other non-merit factors is strictly prohibited. Complaints about discrimination and/or prohibited personnel practices may be raised within the Division by contacting Darlene Rittgers, the Division's Human Resources Officer, at 202-514-4033, or outside the Division by contacting the Department's Equal Employment Opportunity Staff at 202-616-4800, or the Office of Special Counsel at www.osc.gov or 800-872-9885. See also: the Department of Justice Diversity Management Policy Statement, the Department's EO Policy Statement, the Division's Equal Employment Opportunity, Anti-Harassment, & Whistleblower Protection Policy and No Fear Act Notice.
Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities
The Division encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted disabilities, such as deafness, blindness, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis or other current severe conditions, to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements, and to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to email@example.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com. Qualified applicants with targeted disabilities may also be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority, and are encouraged to submit their resumes to the Division by emailing them to CRT.Specprogvacancies@usdoj.gov. Applicants with questions about this process may contact the Division's Office of Human Resources and Security at (202) 514-3934.
Applicants with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations - such as application materials in an alternate format, a sign language interpreter or assistance attending an interview - should contact the Division's Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator: Sandra Brown, at (202) 616-2688.
Veterans' Preference for Attorney Hiring
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, DOJ considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. In attorney vacancy announcements, applicants eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.
Information for New Hires
It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace, and candidates selected will be required to pass a drug test to screen for illegal drug use. Employment for many positions is also contingent on satisfactory completion of a background investigation adjudicated by the Department.
Pre-Employment Orientation Information -- For Employees with Offer Letters (New Hires)
See our Orientation page for more information.