Equal Opportunity Specialist

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

About the organization

The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is the civil rights enforcement and compliance office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. FHEO’s mission is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws.

The laws implemented and enforced by FHEO include:
- The Fair Housing Act
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Section 109 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Some of FHEO’s work include:
- Investigating fair housing complaints
- Conducting compliance reviews
- Ensuring civil rights in HUD programs
- Managing fair housing grants


The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, is seeking candidates who are dedicated to public service and civil rights to join our Enforcement and Compliance teams.

Enforcement Branch Equal Opportunity Specialists investigate housing and lending discrimination under Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and other federal laws. They gather evidence through interviews, document requests, and file reviews, and draft investigation reports and findings. Additionally, they make presentations to housing providers, advocates, and members of the public regarding fair housing.

Program Compliance Branch Equal Opportunity Specialists monitor recipients of HUD funding to ensure that they are complying with applicable fair housing laws. They participate in compliance reviews or investigations, analyze program documents, complete ad hoc reviews of site selection, demolition of units, and other program actions, and complete special projects. They also make presentations to housing providers, advocates, and members of the public regarding fair housing.


INTEREST & EDUCATION: A strong interest and desire to work on matters related to civil rights enforcement and compliance and a or master's or equivalent graduate degree, or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. We will consider candidates who will be completing degree programs this Spring.


Experience investigating discrimination cases. (Including: party and witness interviews, document review, conducting on-site investigations, and analyzing evidence)


A Combination: Combination of experience and education.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply for the position, candidates must have status of non-competitive eligibility and must send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

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